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In 2025, environmental technologies are anticipated to reach a global market volume of 4,400 billion Euros – twice as much as in 2010. The predicted annual growth is more than 5%.  Alsace is one of the top regions in France in the field of Cleantech.

France is a key market Europe

In 2012, environmental technology companies in France generated a turnover of 85 billion Euros with an annual growth rate of 5%. They employ 450,000 people, making France the second most important market in Europe.
The specific focus of the French expertise is on waste and water management.  France is Europe’s leading force in generating energy from recycling waste.
Global market leaders in the field of water and waste management, such as Suez, Veolia and Saur are based in Alsace.

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CLEANTECH is extremely important to Alsace

Due to Alsace’s geographical proximity to Germany, environmental challenges have gained prominence here.
In Alsace nearly 560 companies are operating in the environmental sector.
More than two thirds of these companies originate from the waste and water management sector.
In addition, several market leaders acclaimed for their expertise in the fields of air treatment and odour neutralization, such as Airépur, Europe Environment and Westrand are also located in the region.

Focus on Water Management

The global water management market records an annual growth of 4 to 5% and is expected to exceed the 1,000 billion euro sales mark by 2020.
In France, Alsace is a key player in this sector. Prestigious international companies in the field of measurement and control technology such as Siemens, Sappel, Bürkert, Endress+Hauser, Huber Technologie and Sewerin are now located in the Alsace region.
500 researchers work in the field of water at Alsatian universities and companies, while ENGEES (Ecole Nationale du Génie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement de Strasbourg) is training more than 100 engineers per year in water management.

Networks of excellence


HYDREOS gathers 130 members, including companies, laboratories and local authorities. It supports the development of innovative products and services in the water sector. HYDREOS is active in the fields of sustainable infrastructure of water, smart water management and wetland ecosystems.

To increase the visibility of water industry, HYDREOS has taken the initiative of a unique project in France: La Route de l’Eau. La Route de l’Eau promotes remarkable references in water management in the North East of France.

It shows:

  • Know how
  • Technical assets
  • Local involvement
  • References of value for export markets


The network REALISE (REseau Alsace de Laboratoires en Ingénierie et Sciences pour l’Environnement) brings 170 researchers from 18 public environmental research units together in Alsace.

Réseau des éco-entreprises d’Alsace

The Alsatian network in the field of environment « réseau des éco-enterprises d’Alsace » unites 100 members, companies and laboratories, which amongst other things also boost export activities.

Pôle Fibres Energivie

  • 270 members, including:
    218 companies
    21 research and training facilities
    32 professional associations
  • 313 R&D-projects have been awarded with the label since this cluster’s establishment in early 2015

With more than 270 members (including international companies, innovative SMEs, universities, schools of engineering, R&D centres…) Fibres Énergivie pursues the goal of connecting participants from various different domains and promoting innovation by encouraging research and development projects, as well as organizing their funding. As a result, the cluster is promoting growth and employment.

Source: Pôle Fibres Énergivie

Pôle Véhicule du Futur

The Pôle Véhicule du Futur is developing solutions for future vehicles and mobility with sustainable development in mind.

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