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Historical background

The project of the Industrial Ecology Club of Aube (IECA) was born in January 2003 out of a collective initiative from Philippe ADNOT, president of the Conseil Général de l’Aube, Dominique BOURG, director of the CREIDD (Centre of Research and Interdisciplinary Studies on the  Sustainable Development) at the U.T.T. (University of technology of Troyes), of a few industrials elected at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry and of Bernard CASTAING, director of Aube Development (economical development agency for the region). The project was about leading a global thought on long term issues, regarding the economical development and the regional planning.

Out of this initiative resulted a first training period, first made by the Conseil Général de l’Aube, then realized from Mars to November 2003 by Sandrine MANIQUET, student at the Industrial Ecology Master Degree of the U.T.T. Her mission consisted in evaluating the potential of bringing industrial ecology to life in Aube. She was therefore brought to raise the awareness of thirty industrials willing to accept the concept of industrial ecology, make an inventory of material, water and energy exchanges, and to extract the potential of industrial ecology from their structures. 68% of the contacted industrials were willing to participate to this study.

These very encouraging results allowed Sabrina BRULLOT to obtain a contract for the Club, from April to July 2004, to study the feasibility of numerous projects of identified synergies. The data on the input and output exchanges of 10 companies allowed imagining innovative projects, especially through the use of the ISIS database (InterSectorial Synergies & Industry), developed by the Direction of Research of EDF. Then, in October 2004, and for a 4 years time, Sabrina BRULLOT started her thesis on “Research of methodology for setting up an operational strategy of industrial ecology on a territory”. The IECA constitutes then an experimentation of this thesis.

Signature of the convention directing the IECA (05/31/2005)

Working until then only in an informal manner, it was planned at first to structure the IECA as an association. This approach was rejected by most of its founding members during a meeting, on the 25th of January 2005. In order to formalize the existence and working process of the Club, an internship was proposed to Grégory LANNOU, who was then a student in a Master’s Degree (Environmental Management & Sustainable Development – Industrial Ecology, at the U.T.T.), from February to July 2005. He had the objective to put into place, in an operational manner, the IECA, especially through the structuring and the set up of assessment groups for “on the field” problems. Therefore, the Club is directed today by a convention, and assessment groups work on different problems, coordinated by Grégory LANNOU, since the beginning of 2006.

1st decision makers' meeting (06/29/2007)

1st decision makers' meeting (06/29/2007)

Depuis juillet 2007, le CEIA compte, parmi les membres de son comité de pilotage, la Communauté de l'Agglomération Troyenne (C.A.T.). En effet, le développement et l'attractivité du territoire, dans le respect de l'environnement, sont des objectifs fédérateurs pour les acteurs économiques locaux.

Action strategy

The IECA, like it was imagined by Philippe ADNOT, Dominique BOURG, Bernard CASTAING and a few industrials is an active network for exchange, thinking and incitation to realize innovative projects in Aube. More than a simple way to diffuse experience feedback, it is truly about a platform of cooperation between the economical actors, via industrial ecology synergies and/or mutualization.

The IECA must be capable to rely on the federating relays of the department present in all economical sectors. Therefore, it is with the help of the Conseil Général de l’Aube, of the University of technology of Troyes, of the three consular chambers of the department and of Aube Development that the Club intends to achieve its two main objectives. It is about, on one hand, to perpetuate and to develop the economical activity of the territory. On the other hand, the IECA wishes to conciliate the economical and environmental aspects of the management of resources and wastes.

The Club articulates its work around two axes, in order to achieve its objectives. It is firstly through the creation of a trans-sectorial network of partners on the area that it will be able to favour exchanges. Then, via the network, the IECA looks forward to incite the realization of concrete projects of industrial ecology (synergies and mutualizations).

The Club holds itself on an existing territorial scale, the department, which seems pertinent. However, the existence of this scale implies the insertion in an already complex running process, without creating a heavy and immobile structure. This experiment could be the leading project allowing the creation of other Industrial Ecology Clubs in other departments around a regional or national network in order to capitalize and exchange innovative solutions in working order.