ADEME working with eco-businesses
As a long-term partner on various businesses’ energy and environmental strategies, ADEME is providing small and medium-sized businesses and innovative startups with financial and technical support, through specific programmes.
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Businesses are privileged partners of ADEME and, as such, they can rely on the agency’s technical (tools, methodology…) and financial (from surveys to investments) support for their energy and environment-related projects. “For most of these companies, we aim to support them so they integrate such issues as the protection of the environment and better energy
management into their internal organization,” explains Philippe Masset, Head of Programmes and International Partnerships at ADEME. “But a number of them play a specific role because their main activity consists in developing innovative products and services that contribute to the implementation of the ecological transition.” Helping these companies, also call eco-businesses, take risks, from R&D to putting their products on the market, is one of ADEME’s most important courses of action.
Supporting French green growth SMEs
Launched in 2015 by ADEME as part of the “Investissements d’Avenir” (investments for the future programme), the SMEs Initiatives (IPME) were the result of the agency’s wish to improve its support for and capacity for innovation of small and medium-sized enterprises, thanks to a more flexible support system that’s better adapted to their requirements. “With the IPME calls for project proposals, the funding decision will take 6 weeks,” explains Laurent Caillierez, from ADEME’s Programmes and International Partnerships department. "Moreover, the funding, which can reach 200,000 €, is also a quick process, as 70% of the allocated amount can be given from the announcement of the support." This tool is thus particularly well adapted to SMEs. Transport, renewable energy, energy efficiency, circular economy, biodiversity… the IPME cover all fields of green innovation. With nine IPME calls for project proposals launched since 2015, 174 laureates have already been awarded a total of 32 M€. Following this success, four new IPME were launched in September 2016 in the fields of water, energy and transport.
Facilitating the ecological transition thanks to the digital sector
The Greentech initiative, introduced by the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for the Economy, is also conducted by ADEME. The aim is to support the creation and development of startups in the digital sector and encourage the subsequent benefits to the environment and job creation. The success of the Greentech call for project proposals has surpassed initial projections: almost 120 applications were sent and 37 projects were chosen. They created an open incubator for laureates but also for other startups whose innovative digital projects present the same challenges. The incubated startups benefit from the technical and financial support of ADEME. A second call for project proposals was launched in September in order to identify projects that touch on sectors that are only moderately represented in the first edition, such as risk management, health environment and biodiversity. The laureates have been announced in November 2016.