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The LIFE program is a financial instrument of the European Commission that supports innovative, private or public projects in the fields of environment and climate. It is divided into 4 sub-programs: Nature and Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Transition to Clean Energy. The main objectives of the LIFE program are to help achieve a sustainable, circular, renewable, carbon-neutral and resilient economy, to protect, restore and improve our environment, to slow down and reverse the loss of biodiversity, and to stop the degradation of ecosystems. Eligible project holders can be public, private or non-commercial organizations. For further information, please visit LIFE website.


Vicat, at the origin of the invention of artificial cement more than 200 years ago, is a leading industrial player in the field of mineral and bio-sourced construction materials. Committed to a carbon neutrality trajectory across its value chain by 2050, the family business (listed on the stock exchange) today operates 3 main businesses: Cement, Ready-Mixed Concrete (BPE) and Aggregates, as well as activities complementary to these basic professions. The cement group employs 9,900 people and achieved a consolidated turnover of 3.642 billion euros in 2022. Present in 12 countries – France, Switzerland, Italy, United States, Turkey, Egypt, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Kazakhstan, India and Brazil – Vicat generates more than 60% of its turnover internationally. For further information, please visit VICAT website.


With more than 8 000 employees in 25 countries around the world, the ARaymond Network designs, manufactures and markets assembly and fastening systems. Founded in 1865, this family business based in Grenoble, France, and the inventor of the press stud, has always put human values at the heart of its success. ARaymond, is based on the conviction that the well-being and empowerment of its collaborators are essential to its continued success.  Guided by innovation and sustainable value creation, the ARaymond Network is today one of the global leaders in fastening and assembly solutions. Initially focused on serving the automotive market, it now also serves the energy, agriculture, healthcare and construction markets. For further information, please visit ARaymond website.


A major player in research, development and innovation, the CEA is active in major sectors such as defense and national security, nuclear and renewable energies, biotechnological and medical research, and technological research for industry. Since 2005, the CEA has been leading the research, development and innovation activities of INES, the French National Institute for Solar Energy, where it concentrates its activities related to solar energy and the management of energy networks and systems. It is also the holder of the Institute for Energy Transition INES.2S. For further information, please visit CEA and INES websites.


  1. VICAT
    4 rue Aristide Berges
    38080 L'Isle d'Abeau, France
  2. ARaymond
    1 Rue Louis Besançon
    38120 Saint-Égrève, France
  3. CEA - INES
    50 Avenue du Lac Léman
    73370 Le Bourget-du-Lac, France