The Local Energy and Climate Agency of Lyon Metropolis (ALEC Lyon)

Welcome to the Local Energy and Climate Agency of Lyon Metropolis ! You will find in this English section our main information. This page is mainly dedicated to our European projects’ partnership search. For other visitors it will give you an overview of our agency, team and activities.

Our agency applies to European projects only as subcontractor or as participant. We are very interested by your projects’ partnerships !

We may apply to Horizon Europe, Interreg Europe, MED or Alpine Space, LIFE, ERASMUS plus or any other European fund.

Lyon Metropolis, a smart and sustainable metropolitan area

What might be the ongoing activities of interest for you in the Lyon Metropolis : 

Households refurbishment

Lyon Metropolis has launched its “energetic refurbishment platform for private households” in March 2015. Since then more than 20.000 private and social households were renovated at a high energy performance level : below 96 kWh/m2/y for heating and dwelling hot water.  ALEC Lyon is the one-stop shop for this refurbishment platform.

Climate change local policy

Lyon Metropolis has voted its SEAP in 2012, and has been rewarded by the EEA label, European Energy Award, in January 2015. In 2019 the SEAP evolved to a 2030 version. The city of Lyon is also signatory of the covenant of Mayors. Lyon Metropolis made its energy master plan in 2019 with targets for 2030.

Urban planning and development

Lyon Metropolis is a large metropolitan area composed by 59 cities with big urban development programs. The most famous one is Confluence, the island between Rhone and Saone, Lyon’s two rivers, where a lot of zero energy buildings are on development.

Renewable energies

ALEC supports the renewable energy projects of public and private project owners. ALEC raises awareness of urban heating networks in the Lyon Metropolis. Since 2017, ALEC has been instructing the Lyon Metropolis eco-heat bonus (with the support of ADEME) in order to promote installations using renewable heat.

WHO IS THE LOCAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE AGENCY?

ALEC LYON – AGENCE LOCALE DE L’ÉNERGIE ET DU CLIMAT DE LA MÉTROPOLE DE LYON – IS THE LOCAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE AGENCY OF LYON METROPOLIS.

It was created in 2000 to implement actions regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and green buildings for all local stakeholders. It mainly works with citizens, local authorities and social housing companies.

The Lyon metropolitan area is a 538 km² large urban area grouping 59 cities and 1.4 million inhabitants together. It is the 2nd largest urban area in France, set in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which is one of the most dynamic regions in France regarding renewable energy sources, universities, research centres, factories, and a large network of non-profit organizations. Thus, ALEC Lyon has very good links with many local, regional and national energy actors and local authorities.ALEC Lyon has a team of 39 members of staff (January 2023) and its financial sources are mainly public. 

WHAT ARE OUR ACTIVITIES ??

ALEC’S TEAM HAS THREE MAIN AREAS OF ACTIVITIES

  1. Awareness-raising and education : 3 main behavorial change support and education programs, events and workshops, professional training programs, innovation.
  2. An energy information centre for local stakeholders mainly focused on energy efficiency in private existing buildings (condominiums, houses, tertiary) or new projects. Project management on energy and buildings’ technical aspects : high environmental quality of buildings, renewable energy sources in buildings (solar, PV and wood energy), energy efficiency standards. Since 2015 ALEC Lyon is the one-stop shop for Lyon Metropolis “energetic refurbishment platform for private households”.
  3. Energy and climate local policies, from their definition to their implementation : we support the Lyon Metropolis and a large number of its member cities with implementing their local climate action plan. We are also involved in some projects dealing with district refurbishment (eco areas or eco districts) and issues like urban planning and energy management.

AWARENESS RAISING, TRAININGS, EDUCATION

In 2022, we participated and/or organised 40 events on climate and energy topics and reached a public of 4,000 people : information stands in fairs and festivals, conferences, and also our own climate, energy and housing event with 20 partners.

ALEC Lyon animates 3 main behavioural change support and education programs for 3 different targets : 

  • an educational program for school children, with more than 2500 children concerned since 2012
  • a behavorial change support program about energy sufficiency in households, with more than 2800 participants
  • a program, fully developed by ALEC Lyon in 2016, dedicated to enterprises and public buildings to co-build sufficiency plans with teams of voluntary employees. 

ALEC Lyon is a local expert on energy and climate topics and thus organises trainings for different targets : public housing agencies, social workers, citizens… We are also involved in the development and animation of a MOOC on condominiums refurbishment.

ALEC Lyon has participated in or lead innovative projects in matter of behaviour change in partnership with social science experts and universities, including nudges.

We have communication and information tools or dedicated websites. We are active on social media and have our own youtube channel.

ENERGY INFORMATION CENTRE

We are an energy information centre under agreement with the national energy agency, ADEME, offering advice to circa 12 000 people in 2022.

We also have a more technical role of producing short studies for private and social housing builders, local authorities and others. The agency works on these angles often from the project’s earliest stages, and helps the decision makers write their call for tenders. These decision makers include local authorities, private and social housing builders, and multi-owner properties.

ENERGY AND CLIMATE LOCAL POLICIES, INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

Before the development of a tool by the national energy agency ADEME, ALEC Lyon had previously developed its on tool specifically for climate and energy protection plans, dedicated to the 59 cities of Lyon metropolis, thus supporting local cities to ambitious and effective climat actions since 2010. Our agency cooperates with local authorities (Greater Lyon, City of Lyon – 465 000 inhabitants – and City of Villeurbanne – 135 000 inhabitants) on matters related to the Covenant of Mayors, on :

  1. Provision of methodologies (for an emissions inventory)
  2. Support in developing Sustainable Energy Action Plans
  3. Support in implementing SEAP

Additionally, we are involved in some projects dealing with district refurbishment (eco areas or eco districts) and issues like urban planning and energy management. This includes solar urban planning, or old district building refurbishment schemes. We are also involved in climate change adaptation strategies.

ALEC LYON IS MEMBER OF SEVERAL NATIONAL AND REGIONAL NETWORKS :
  • FLAME, the French Federation of Local Energy Agencies
  • CLER, the Renewable Energies Liaison Committee, a non-profit organization grouping together over 150 professionals from throughout the national territory, including : industrials, manufacturers, installers, distributors, consulting firms, architects, professional syndicates and federations, research and training centres, universities, local communities, non-profit organizations, energy agencies…
  • FRANCE RENOV’, the national network of energy information centres
OUR ACTIVITIES AT THE EUROPEAN OR INTERNATIONAL LEVEL ?

ALEC Lyon has been involved in European projects since its beginning. The creation of the agency was itself funded by an EU Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) – SAVE project and influenced by a THERMIE programme on energy efficiency in buildings, called REStart.

Since then, we have been involved in :

SUBCONTRACTING ACTIVITIES ON VARIOUS PROJECTS

→ With Rhônalpénergie Environnement (RAEE)

→ With FLAME, our national local energy agencies

  • Eco’n’Home : work with citizens on CO2 emissions reductions at home and in transport, (IEE SAVE 2009)

→ With Energie Cités

  • PROSPECT : mentor role on this peer learning programme for local and regional authorities (H2020, 2017-2020)
  • REVE Jura Leman : work on the adaptation for the French context of a German and Swiss climate and energy certification tool, European Energy Award (Interreg IIIC, 2009)

→ With HESPUL

  • Smarter Together : Horizon 2020 Smart Cities program : www.smarter-together.eu ; ALEC Lyon is involved in the behaviour change of refurbished buildings’ occupiers.               

→ And as direct partners

  • AMICA : work on the implementation of a local climate action plan, with mitigation and adaptation aspects (Interreg IIIC 2005,
    www.amica-climate.net)
  • SOLPOOL : work on solar energy use on outdoor swimming pools (IEE Altener 2007, www.solpool.info)
PROJECTS AS DIRECT PARTNERS
  • EYES : European program for citizen engagement to involve young people in ecological transition and to influence public decision-making (Erasmus +, EACEA/10/2018, https://www.projecteyes.fr/ ; https://www.projecteyes.eu/)
  • SMERGY : developed a campaign to impulse behaviour change to young adults (18-30 years old) with energy saving tips. The campaign is based on a website with articles and a tool (smergymeter, which became since wattometer) with energy actions which can be selected and translated in kWh, €, kg CO2. (Horizon2020 2014-2016)
  • LEAF : the program targets the low energy renovation of multi-ownership buildings. LEAF plans to create a toolkit wich facilitates multi-occupancy building low-energy upgrades, and to integrate in local example projects the Energy Performance certificates. (IEE SAVE 2012)
  • WinForRes : to animate an interactive, multimedia and multilingual web portal targeted at potential customers of small-scale RES installations (IEE SAVE 2010)
  • POLIS : development of active and passive solar potential in urban projects (IEE Altener 2009, www.polis-solar.eu)
  • BEAM 21 : blended capacity training program for local decision makers and municipal technical staff on climate and energy issues and measures (IEE SAVE 2009)
  • Promotion 3E : promotion of energy efficient electrical equipment through the training of appliances’ sales personnel on energy efficiency issues (IEE SAVE 2008)
  • Renaissance : work on the large scale integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into decentralised local energy supplies. (FP6 Concerto 2005, www.renaissance-project.eu)

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US ?

Postal address : 12 et 14, Avenue Antoine Dutrievoz – 69100 Villeurbanne – FRANCE

Tel : +33 (0)4 37 48 22 42 // Email : info[at]alec-lyon.org

MAIN CONTACT

Linda CEDILEAU, Director

OTHER CONTACT

Ellen Wildbrett, Project Manager // Email : ellen.wildbrett[at]alec-lyon.org