The Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) results from the merging, in
1990, of the French Agency for Energy Management (AFME), the National Agency
for recycling and disposal of waste (ANRED) and the Agency for the air quality
(AQA). Within the authority of three ministries (Industry, Research and
Environment), ADEME has the following goals: the protection of the environment
(waste, noise, air and soil quality), rational use of energy and development of
renewable energy sources.
ADEME has three national offices (Paris, Angers and Sofia-Antipolis) and 26 regional delegations relay its activities
across the country. One of its projects, AGRICE, a Scientific Interest Group
with representatives of chemical, industry, agriculture and energy sectors,
aims to develop new market opportunities for agricultural products. It is also
a member of different European networks (OPET, IEA, AFB-net, NTB...).
Promoting wood-fuel is one of ADEME's major
activities. The ‘Wood-Fuel and Local Development Plan’, launched in January
1994, has received a strengthened endowment for the 2000-2006 period especially
in the framework of the French Greenhouse Plan. Carried out in partnership with
departments, local authorities and industrial firms, this programme aims
- develop wood-fuel district heating networks ;
- favour local wood supply for heating plants ;
- improve performance of domestic wood appliances and quality of
At the regional and local level, ADEME brings assistance in
collaboration with its local partners to R&D operations and to promotion
and dissemination actions. It co-finances new
equipment (heating plants, supply and conditioning equipment…).
Region of operation and
fields of application
. France and Europe.
- Heating in all sectors (especially district heating and wood
- Co-financing of several hundred wood-fired
- National quality charters for wood devices and log wood.