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François DUTRIEZ

Chief Operating Officer

f.dutriez@nfinvest.fr

David DECROCK

Senior Project Manager

d.decrock@nfinvest.fr

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€20 million investment in Gravelines

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GREEN BUSINESS

Looking to expand your green business? Northern France has the perfect site for you. Raw materials markets are nearby, making operations simpler. Our dense, highly interconnected infrastructure network makes it easier for you to ship goods—and for your employees to get to work. And the many service companies specializing in heavy industry offer opportunities for the green business ecosystem.

WHY GREEN BUSINESSES CHOOSE NORTHERN FRANCE

KEY FIGURES

  • 650 businesses
  • 20,000 jobs: 8.5% of the sector's workforce in France
  • €4 billion in sales
  • Over 2,000 subcontractors
  • 15% of French investment in the green sector
  • 14,000 industrial sites

4 FIELDS OF EXCELLENCE

  • Materials recovery and recycling
  • Renewable energies
  • Green building / Green materials / Energy efficiency
  • Prevention of pollution and treatment of air, water and soil

INDUSTRY LEADERS IN LILLE REGION

CD2E: CENTER OF EXPERTISE FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGY

CD2E’s mission is to:

  • Create new green businesses
  • Help existing green businesses grow
  • Promote the emergence of green solutions
  • Support the network of environmental research laboratories
  • Anticipate new developments in technology, regulation and business

CD2E works with several other environmental clusters outside France to disseminate information on new green technologies

CLOSE-UP: TEAM²

A competitiveness cluster specializing in recycling technologies

  • 105 member companies
  • 60 laboratories
  • 20 projects sponsored since 2010
  • €27 million in R&D spending

AIMS:

  • Recover products, end-of-life materials, and household and industrial waste and use them to make second-life materials and products
  • Encourage companies to integrate life-cycle analysis into product design

AREAS OF ACTIVITY:

  • Recycling technologies
  • Waste recovery
  • Recyclability of materials

STRUCTURED RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

KEY FIGURES

  • 60 laboratories
  • 400 reseachers
  • 200 areas of expertise

SELECTED RESEARCH TOPICS

Ecole des Mines de Douai (industrial engineering and research): rehabilitation of polluted sites and air treatment

Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (chemistry/engineering): eco-design and recyclability

Ecole Nationale d’Arts et Métiers (mechanical, power and industrial engineering): energy storage

Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture de Lille (agriculture/environment): treatment of polluted sites and soil

HIGHLY TRAINED LABOR POOL

  • 6 million inhabitants
  • 33% of the  population is under 25 
  • 2nd largest education cluster in France 
  • 210,000 students: 9% of the total for France
  • 30 advanced environmental training programs