France is a major European player in the field of eco-innovation, and possesses a strong track record in environmental regulation and support schemes – targeting both public and private actors (including individuals). This is illustrated by its strong ranking in the 2015 Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (seventh among the 28 EU Member States). However, France still falls behind a number of front-runners, particularly due to limited energy and water productivity and limited green early-stage investments. Increasing levels of resource efficiency, particularly energy efficiency, in key sectors such as transport and building are also key priorities.

The most important eco-innovation areas in France are linked to network and network management industries, and more specifically water management and sanitation, waste management, and environmental engineering. These sectors are well organised around very large international firms that are also major aggregators of innovations.

Since 2010, a group of clusters, focusing on environmental technologies, have supported the creation of innovative local networks of SMEs and large companies based around water and waste management, energy efficiency, renewable energies, smart cities and smart transport. These clusters act as a major testbed for the emergence of eco-innovations, and help to bring together public and private partners around common issues.

In addition, the national and regional support to eco-innovation and the circular economy is strong. At the national level, a number of dedicated calls for projects have been set up in recent years, complementing existing support measures such as eco-innovation equity funds or tax incentives focusing on the demand side of eco-innovation. At the regional level, 20 out of the 22 (former) metropolitan regions have at least one strategic domain of their Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy directly related to eco-industries. 

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for France





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france_Murdeau_resizedMURDEAU® is an innovative system for aboveground and modular storage of rainwater, with a capacity of 1600 liters. Jointly designed by Circéo Partners and LGCIE at the INSA Lyon within the team “Soil-Structure-Materials-Integrity-Sustainability" (SMS ID), this product created through an R&D project illustrates the cooperation between academia and industry.

It is a modular system for reuse of rain water. It is mainly used for watering green areas or greenhouses, washing vehicles, road maintenance, fire reserve, public health nutrition, etc.. Composed of three tanks on a collector forming a column of polyethylene. There is a direct connection to the outlet of the filter. There is also a drain valve on the bottom part (collector) and a combination of three levels in height and width as well as communication between modules to balance the load. MURDEAU® has to be placed against a wall and either indoors or outdoors.

MURDEAU® functions can be combined with VEGETEAU ® elements so as to build a tailored green wall, irrigated thanks to rain water, on its own water reserve.

Barriers and Drivers

Eco-construction is an increased concern nowadays, with the development of repositories or norms to regulate construction so as to ensure preservation of energy resources, combating climate change, waste and pollution reduction, increased indoor air quality, maintains high comfort level or increased environmental and sanitary quality of construction products .

Recuperation of rainwater is an important stake as well. As the need for water is essentially covered by numerous waterways and groundwater table, rainwater is rather seen as a constraint to manage. However, the management and treatment of rainwater can be difficult and costly.

Economic Performance

As the reuse of rain water is a constraint and is costly, this system enables cost savings as well as sound management of waster water.

Environmental Impact

MURDEAU® aims at ensuring resource recovery of wastewater as well as enabling the greening of urban areas, thermal insulation, sound insulation and anti-pollution. Finally, it is a water regulator.

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