About Ademe

Updated 05/31/2017

ADEME is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development.


The French environment and energy management agency (ADEME) is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development. The Agency provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action. As part of this work ADEME helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in the areas of waste management, soil conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, raw materials savings, air quality, noise abatement, circular energy transition and food wastage abatement.

ADEME is a public agency under the joint authority of the Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition and the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

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Four vocations

  • developing knowledge: ADEME organises and contributes to the financing of research and innovation and to establishing and coordinating observation of systems to the better understand how industries are changing;
  • convincing and mobilising: Because public information and awareness are essential to the success of environmental policies, ADEME implements communication campaigns to change mindsets, behaviours and purchasing and investment practices;
  • advising: ADEME acts in an advisory capacity to direct the decisions of actors in society and the economy, establishing tools and methods that suit their needs. Direct dissemination via expert advisers is a major way in which it provides its expertise;
  • assisting with implementation: ADEME provides graduated financial support and promotes the implementation of regional and national references.


With its head office in Angers, ADEME has over 1,000 employees split between:
  • 3 sites for the central departments in Angers, Paris and Valbonne;
  • 26 regional divisions;
  • 3 representative bodies in overseas territories;  
  • 1 office in Brussels.

Synergy between head office and regional divisions

With staff based in 26 regional divisions and 3 representative bodies in overseas territories, ADEME focuses it actions on individuals, public authorities and businesses as part of a local service.

Some 400 agents (almost half of its staff) based in 26 regional divisions (including overseas) and 3 representative bodies in overseas territories (French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon) work in the field on behalf of ADEME to promote sustainable development, the fight to mitigate climate change, energy management, renewable energies and, more generally, energy and ecological transition.

ADEME's regional teams implement two major energy and ecological transition policies on behalf of the French State in the areas of support for renewable heat (Heat Fund) and waste prevention and management (Waste Fund).

Organisation chart

2016 organigram (PDF - 136.76 KB - 11/30/2016)

Activity report

Every year, as part of its performance contract with the French State, ADEME produces a summary document of the key figures illustrating its activity.

Key facts and figures 2013

Participation in the National Debate on Energy Transition (Débat National sur la Transition Energétique) and its regional variants, the launch of the single point of contact for the Housing Energy Renovation Programme (Programme de Rénovation Energétique de l’Habitat) and the 450 Renovation Service Information Points, as well as the funds dedicated to biomass-derived heat and waste prevention and recovery activities.

As an operator of the Investments for the Future Programmes, the agency has continued to support ambitious innovations developed by companies, including SMEs, anticipating the opportunities to be created by green growth markets.

This year has also allowed for the broader sharing of new strategies, such as the circular economy approach – a new challenge to be shared with all stakeholders in order to optimise our resources and reduce our pollution.

The ambitious goals proposed by the public authorities to facilitate this transition are based on close coordination between national priorities and local strategies. Thanks to its unique model based on intensive collaboration between its regional divisions and national teams, ADEME has been able to experiment with new ways of encouraging territorial involvement and implementing actions, while contributing its support and expertise. Through its communications campaigns, the Agency has also promoted this support for involvement, both to civil society and the general public.