The Institute is composed of three inderpedendant and complementary poles that promote interdisciplinarity : Academic research; Expertise, Engineering and Project Management; Financing Solutions.
The academic hub is interested in the reflection, research and dissemination of the principles of industrial ecology and the green economy. It encourages the development of research and training programs related to industrial ecology and the green economy in universities and universities of applied sciences. It contributes to the development of research programs through the co-ordination of the writing of master’s thesis, doctorates or other certificates in order to meet the needs of developing countries
“Expertise, Engineering and Project Management” Pole
The Expertise, Engineering and Project Management division is in charge of implementing partnerships and programs, as well as carrying out public and private mandates. The Institute wishes to raise awareness among political actors by identifying potential concrete actions while promoting the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. In addition, it aspires to the establishment of industrial ecology and the green economy in developing countries as part of development cooperation.
“Financing Solutions” Pole
The Search for Financing Solution is the area of action of the third pole of the Institute. Its purpose is to foster the development of economic concepts and models for financing industrial ecology. The mobilization of resources in these areas as well as an analysis of the potential financial benefits are made.
The institute takes a systematic approach to study and understand the metabolism of an industry. The objectives are to restructure and reorganize the system in order to better manage, revalue and reuse waste, close energy and material flows, and dematerialize the economy.
Industrial ecology aims at the symbiosis of industries and companies. Its methodology consists of 4 fundamental principles:
Industrial ecology aspires to reduce time in space, through dematerialization and decoupling.
In addition, the notion of territory is also crucial in the approach to industrial ecology. Indeed, the industrial ecology must be thought according to the territory on which it is put in place; the resources available in the territory in question must be used as much as possible, and a minimum must be taken outside this territory. It is important to use available resources, find ways to value them and optimize them so that we do not have to depend on external resources. In addition, it is important to take inspiration from the functioning of natural ecosystems in the management of territories, in order to maintain their productivity as well as their ability to adapt and renew.