The International Chair in “Generating Eco-Innovation” at the PRES UniverSud Paris.
The course propose a programme of research and innovation devoted to environmental protection, with a special focus on energy, mobility and construction. Italcementi have the concentrate on the promotion and in-depth investigation of important subjects like CO2 emissions, biodiversity and the development of new construction materials.
The creation of this international Chair enables to further strengthen commitment to eco-sustainability, also thanks to dialogue and co-operation with the Universities involved and the other companies taking part in this project, explained Enrico Borgarello, Manager of Research & Development at Italcementi.
The participation of Italcementi to the creation of the international Chair in “Generating Eco-Innovation” confirms the Group commitment to environmental sustainability – a commitment that translates into products and solutions increasingly innovative and sustainable for the respect and protection of the environment as a heritage of society.
The five founding members of PRES are: Université Paris Sud 11, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, ENS de Cachan, Ecole Centrale Paris et Supélec. The PRES encompasses 200 research laboratories in the scientific domain (chemistry, engineering, physics, medicine, mathematical biology, information science, natural and human sciences); more than 3,000 doctoral researchers and 5,500 researchers and academic staff.
The opening ceremony was held on december 2008 place in Versailles in the presence of the former French Culture Minister and sponsor of the Chair, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, the deans of all the Universities involved in the project and the Directors of Innovation and Sustainable Development of the companies promoting the project. Italcementi was represented by Enrico Borgarello, Manager of Research & Development at Italcementi, Bollotte Bénigne and Lombard Christophe from the Group Technical Centre.
Italcementi Group has took up the challenge of innovation – that is becoming more and more stimulating in an increasingly global and sustainable market – participating, through Ciments Français, in the creation of the new International Chair in “Generating Eco-Innovation” at the PRES UniverSud Paris (a federation of research and higher education institutions in the Île de France region of France). Other major corporate groups participating in this project are: Alstom, SNCF, GDF-Suez and SAUR.