Paving the way for a low-carbon future for industry

Research and development (R&D) has a major role to play in supporting the decarbonisation of French industry and the development of national industrial sectors for decarbonisation solutions. This is a fundamental challenge, given that industry is responsible for around 20% of France’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The National Low Carbon Strategy aims to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 and 81% by 2050, compared with 2015 levels.

The PEPR SPLEEN aims to implement a structuring research programme to transform industrial processes to make them less greenhouse gas-emitting. Its aim is to encourage and support upstream research activities in the TRL 1-4* range, in line with the priorities defined as part of the national “decarbonisation of industry” acceleration strategy for France 2030. It is managed by CNRS and IFPEN.

The aim of the programme is to mobilise and unite the French scientific community in the design of industrial systems that emit less greenhouse gas, focusing on four complementary areas of research :

New prediction and monitoring tools :  

Integration of low carbon energies and efficiency :

Processes decarbonisation and intensification :

CO2 storage and processing :

PEPR SPLEEN‘s missions

Ten targeted projects have been launched in 2023, mobilising structured communities around major issues such as the establishment of new life cycle analysis methodologies, industrial and territorial ecology, monitoring and real-time analysis tools for decarbonisation, solarisation of industrial processes, etc; eco-efficient chemistry aimed at improving the energy and material efficiency of conversions, the intensification of CO2 capture and separation processes to make them more energy-efficient and eco-effective, the improvement of processes based on oxy-combustion to concentrate CO2 flows, the conversion of CO2 into molecules of interest (including fuels) based on electro-catalysis, photocatalysis and biocatalysis and, finally, the socio-technical identification conditions for an onshore CO2 storage site in France.

In 2024, targeted projects will be selected through an open call for tenders from January to March and through a call for expressions of interest to be launched shortly.