Visit of pilot sites in the region

Take advantage of your visit to our region to discover some of the pilot and pioneer sites promoting and implementing the 3rd industrial revolution.

Pole of excellence for eco-activities

Since 2002, the cd2e (Creation Development Eco-Enterprises), situated in an exceptional former mining site, supports regional businesses in six key environmental sectors: eco-construction, water, renewable energy, Life Cycle Thinking, recycling & material recovery and sediment management. It is gathering 5 clusters and 3 demonstrators :
* Lumiwatt : a testing-site of photovoltaic technologies
* The « eco-construction theater » : 500m² dedicated to the staging of eco-construction and materials
* Rehafutur : an old mining house entirely renovated with eco-materials to optimize the energy efficiency

R&D lab expert in chemistry and materials 

IFMAS (Institut Français des Matériaux Agro-Sourcés) is a private R&D company set up in 2012, with expertise in biobased chemistry and materials. Its 150 teacher-researchers, public and private researchers, are working on the development of new technologies created from local plant resources. The objective of this unique site in France: to develop, from the laboratory stage to the development on the markets, biosourced materials (plastics and paints) more efficient than those currently present on the market.


Pocheco makes paper envelopes, pockets and expanding pockets in their factory in the north of France.
For the past 20 years, Pocheco’s business and process has been driven by the 3 principles of the circular economy :
1 The reduction of workplace hazards and harsh working conditions
2 The reduction of environmental impact and the prevention of pollution
3 Increase in productivity