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Ecological transition

3 missions

With the financial support of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté ADEME and the Regional Council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the AER BFC offers the region’s businesses customised support in:


eco-designing their products and services to respond to changes in the market

économie de la fonctionnalité et de la coopération

re-thinking their economic model to proceed on an economic trajectory of functionality

récupération de chaleur et énergies renouvelables

improving their energy performance by recovering waste heat and introducing renewable energies.

Develop your eco-design

“This is a methodical approach which takes account of the environmental aspects of the design and development process, with the aim of reducing negative environmental impacts throughout the product’s entire life cycle”. (ISO standard 14006 v2020)

Each year

  • 120 + meetings in businesses
  • approximately 40 projects supported

Eco-design in 2022

  • 140 visits/video conferences with businesses and project backers
  • 60 businesses benefited from eco-innovative project financing and/or in-depth technical monitoring, 19 of which received public funding;
  • 11 awareness-raising initiatives aimed at all sectors, with a particular focus on the agri-food, packaging and plastics sectors, etc.

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Transform your economic model

This means transforming your economic model from a product offer to the provision of a solution based on use and/or result. The Economy of Functionality and Cooperation (EFC) constitutes an economic model which aims to reconcile economic, social and environmental interests by placing at the centre of the organisation the beneficial effects produced rather than large quantities of goods or services sold.

  • A support package committing approximately ten business managers each year to work towards a more sustainable and responsible economic model
  • A regional business collective consisting of managers, assistants and regional institutions is in the process of being set up: ACTES Association
  •  bringing together managers, support staff and regional institutions is being set up: Association ACTES

The EFC in 2022

Since 2020, AER BFC’s Ecological Transition mission has been evolving at the heart of a collective made up of people from the Region, ADEME and coaches – experts in economics and ergonomics – to help the region’s business leaders to embark on the path of sustainable and responsible economic models. The aim is to help them remain resilient in the face of the various crises facing the economic fabric.

In June 2022, after a year’s support, 9 of the 10 regional business leaders who have followed the course will commit to developing their own practices over the long term, as well as acting as a resource for other leaders in the region. At the same time, the Support Unit for Cooperation in the Transition to a Service Economy (ACTES) was set up as an association.

The AER is a founding member alongside the Region, ADEME and the managers.

Podcast EFC

Discover below the podcast produced by K6FM, with Séverine Beaudot, from AnotherVision, who participated in this year’s scheme.


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Showcase your renewable heat

The Agency supports businesses in their waste heat recovery and renewable energies projects on high-potential sites. 4500 Gwh is the potential heat recovery estimated in the region by ADEME (2017 study).

Each year

  • about fifty meetings with companies
  • more than 15 projects supported

Heat recovery in 2022

  • 49 visits to businesses, of which 21 are classified as ICPE (Installation Classified for the Protection of the Environment)
  • 17 businesses received finance and/or in-depth technical monitoring
  • 7 applications submitted for investment assistance
  • 5 applications for help with decision-making
  • Waste heat recovery projects have saved 19 GWh/year this year, equivalent to the annual production of just over 4 wind turbines.

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Eco-innovate trophies in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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Every two years, the “Eco-innovate in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté” trophies » reward exemplary eco-design projects and also trajectories towards an economy of functionality and cooperation.
Before the next set of awards, be inspired by the previous winners ! 

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19 eco-innovative projects

These have been organised every two years since 2014 and have already rewarded 19 eco-innovative projects at regional and national level. The trophies also serve as a springboard for businesses to apply for national ecological transition or environmental innovation awards.

Organisers and partners

The trophies are organised by the AER BFC and are funded by Bourgogne-Franche-Comté ADEME and the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region.

Bpifrance, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Regional Chamber of Trades and Crafts, the BFC DREETS (Regional directorate of the economy, employment, work and solidarity), the BFC DREAL (Regional directorate for the environment, planning and housing) and the Eco-design cluster are competition partners.

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The ecological and economic transition network of Burgundy-Franche-Comté brings together different complementary actors on the issues of ecological transition. Led by ADEME and the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region, its objective is to enable professionals to find the right contact person so that they can be guided and supported in their environment-related projects. The Ecological Transition team of the AER BFC actively participates in the RT2E network.

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