Ecole des Mines d’Alès

The Ecole des Mines d’Alès (EMA) started back in 1843 linked to the coal and iron mining development in the Cevennes area in France. Our mission progressively included not only the mining exploitation but also the transformation industries.

Progressively,  our research evolved from detection and characterization of pollution in the industrial outputs and the development of treatment solutions aiming to minimize both the pollution flows and the environmental impacts generated, towards an integrated management of the industrial site.  

The research at the EMA is structured in three laboratories, focusing on complementary research issues:

-       The “Informatics and Knowledge Analysis Laboratory” is specialized on collaborative intelligence and knowledge management for optimal decision making;

-       The “Materials Laboratory” studies and develops innovative materials in the field of polymer and inorganic materials or inorganic matrix for civil engineering, using especially biosourced or recycled materials;

-       The “Industrial Environment Research Laboratory” develops expertise on the detection, treatment and prevention of industrial pollutions (water, air, waste) and risks, as well as on the optimization of resources management using Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Analysis approaches. This laboratory is also part of the “Environmental Lifecycle & Sustainability Assessment” (ELSA) research group.  


In the field of industrial ecology, EMA focuses on industrial symbiosis issues, working on three major issues to diagnoses, initiates and assess industrial symbiosis approach:

-       How to identify and collect relevant data?

 -       How to describe and understand industrial ecosystems’ functioning?

 -       How to model and assess scenarios of improvement?


 Harbor territories and their immediate hinterlands constitute the preferred field experiment and relevant laboratories for this research program.  


In ECOTECH SUDOE project, EMA participates at the GT3. More precisely, it is the leader of GT3.2 and GT3.5 which aims at develop tools for, respectively diagnostic and eco-design of towns based on industrial ecology approach, with UAB (Spain), U Aveiro (Portugal), INRA (France) as partners.

In GT4, EMA organizes seminars related to “LCA for private stakeholders” in Languedoc Roussillon region with SupAgro and participates at training courses focusing on industrial ecology with UAB.

Lastly, EMA is the leader of GT 5 Demonstration. In this GT, EMA participates at the “diagnosis of a tertiary activity” (GT5.2) and its eco-design (GT5.4) with all the French, Portuguese and Spanish partners. EMA is also the leader of GT5.3 “eco-design of a territory”.