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Reward/Penalty scheme to promote low environmental impact cars

Since December 2007, France has started a reward/penalty scheme to encourage a behavioural shift towards sustainable transport. The scheme is designed to adjust the price of cars according to fuel consumption and as such the associated CO2 emissions.

Tenerrdis, a flagship new energy technologies cluster in the Rhône-Alpes region

Tenerrdis is a competitiveness and innovation cluster located in the French Rhône-Alpes region. It specialises in new energy systems, with 150 members from industry (55% SMEs), research and higher education sectors. Its goal is to help maintain and improve their position in the global market for clean energy. 

Eqosphere – a collaborative web platform battling against (food) waste

Eqosphere is a collaborative web platform in the French Ile-de-France region that aims to revalorise surplus products (e.g. food) and waste produced by supermarkets, factories, restaurants, public services and others, by creating links with stakeholders who then help use, reuse, redistribute or recycle products via charitable associations or the waste management industry. 

Landfill taxes – Dedicated green taxes to reduce waste sent to landfill

Landfill taxes are already widely spread fiscal measures across Europe. They help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and mitigate harmful environmental effects. Additionally, landfill taxes provide incentives to use more sustainable solutions of waste management, such as waste reduction and prevention, recovery or recycling. The instrument can bring about large tax revenues and lead to a significant decrease in the number of landfill sites a country has – for instance in the UK by two thirds in eight years.

Use of life cycle assessment and index for recyclability tools to achieve sustainable production throughout Renault’s vehicle value chain.

Renault, an auto manufacturer in France and Japan, uses a range of management tools to systematically optimise sustainable production at each stage of its product lifecycle. 

Chromatogeny: green chemistry to make paper water-repellent

A lab discovery leads to the industrialisation of a solvent-free technology allowing to make cellulose-based materials hydrophobic, using the breakthrough process of chromatogeny.

Zero carbon factory

Renault’s Tangier plant in Morocco has demonstrated the possibility to reduce energy consumption and reach levels for zero carbon emissions and zero industrial liquid discharges. This was done in cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco and Veolia Environnement, by converting the plant’s energy system into a renewable driven one.

Provision of bicycle hiring infrastructure for citizen mobility around the City of Paris

The City of Paris created bicycle rental facilities for citizens in order to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Individuals can take bicycles from the nearest pick-up station and drop them to any other nearby station within the City.

INNOV’R – boosting eco-innovation in the French Rhône-Alpes region

INNOV’R is an ongoing call for projects that awards grant funding to businesses of the French Rhône-Alpes region seeking to implement eco-innovation projects. Since the support to business was launched in 2008 over 237 projects have benefited from public grant partial funding for R&D with in total 14m Euro in the form of grants and repayable advance public funding for R&D and demonstration.

European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP)

The European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) seeks to raise the sector to a higher level of performance and competitiveness. It aims at providing support to innovation competences in firms in the construction sector. ECTP members approach this goal via activities such as enhancing the cooperation, combining activities, and supporting a more sustainable construction sector. 

2-FUN PBK

Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling tools correlate environmental contamination threats with effects on the human health in order to make complex assessments of sustainable living achievement. PBPK models are a way to mathematically transcribe the anatomical, physiological, physical, and chemical descriptions of the occurrences involved in the complex processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of synthetic or natural chemical substances in humans and other animal species. This mathematical technique is conventionally used in pharmaceutical research drug development and health risk assessment. The obtained models are used for managing disparate data from experiments, abstracting and combining them. By using existing information on the anatomical and physiological structure of the body, (and to a certain extent, on biochemistry) the models give access to internal body concentrations of chemicals or their metabolites. PBPK models are used to show the effects from exposure to a substance in those cases linear dose-response models cannot be used, due to variations in absorption, distribution, metabolism etc. between individuals. 

2-FUN Multimedia Modelling

2-FUN was an integrated project running from February 2007 to January 2011, funded under the EU sixth framework programme (FP6) a grant funding programme, focusing on health issues related to environmental conditions and pressures. Gathering 12 project partners coordinated by the Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques in France, the project team used a multidisciplinary approach with a number of networking activities engaging experts from various research fields.

2-FUN

2-FUN was an integrated project running from February 2007 to January 2011, funded under the EU sixth framework programme (FP6) a grant funding programme,focusing on health issues related to environmental conditions and pressures. Gathering 12 project partners coordinated by the Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques in France, the project team used a multidisciplinary networking approach engaging a number of chemists, toxicologists, doctors, veterinaries, mathematicians and many more types of experts. Two related projects funded under the same framework programme are INTARESE and HEIMTSA. The first project focused on framework and guidance; the second on integrated assessment using epidemiological data. This project focused on indirect exposures and toxicological risk assessment from a conventional approach based on laboratory animal data. All three project developed methods and cutting-edge tools to help decision-makers define their priorities in environmental health management. These three projects have significantly advanced the research frontier within the field of integrated health risk assessment.

FORWAST

Managing with accuracy the natural resources and the related waste produced by human activity is a huge issue. The uncertainties related to the environmental stakes of waste policies are mainly due to the lack of relevant information concerning
resource monitoring, i.e. the various material flows of resources and waste.