eM-France is a production programme of 500,000 tonnes per year of e-methanol distributed across 4 chemical platforms in mainland France.


The e-methanol, produced from low-carbon hydrogen and recycled carbon, provides a carbon abatement reduction solution available as of today for the chemical and shipping industry.

A programme in the vanguard of the carbon-free industry


In 2020, Elyse Energy and its industrial partners initiated the eM-France programme with a view to building 4 plants to produce 500,000 tonnes of e-methanol per year from low-carbon electricity and recycled carbon.


Distributed across 4 industrial platforms in mainland France, including Lacq (64), the programme helps recover more than 700,000 tonnes per year of CO2 captured in the biogenic and unavoidable processes of French industrial companies. The programme therefore supports the carbon abatement reduction of existing consumers by replacing fossil and imported methanol while contributing to revitalising industrial areas and securing supply chains.​


With low-carbon “baseload” electricity available from its nuclear power plants and a synergistic industrial ecosystem, France can rapidly become a producer of e-methanol to limit its dependence on fossil methanol imports and build an industry of excellence for tomorrow, while exporting its know-how internationally for mass production.

The eM-France programme forms an integral part of the objective of industrial carbon abatement reduction set by the National Low-Carbon Strategy, which translates into a target of 35% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 and 81% by 2050 compared with 2015. It will make it possible to capture and recycle 720,000t/year of CO2, i.e. 1% of France’s non-energy industrial emissions.




Carbon intensity reduction


720,000t/year of recycled carbon in industrial emitters (biomass boiler; waste incinerator and cement plant) for a net reduction of more than 500,000t of CO2eq/year during the life cycle of the project.


Energy sovereignty


Substitution of 500,000t/year of fossil and imported methanol by local production with an estimated impact of €250 million per year on the trade balance. 


Industrial vitalisation


€1.2 billion invested in chemical platforms that rely on industrial synergies and make existing activities more sustainable.

An ecosystem programme with synergies for industrial platforms


Elyse has partnered with the French industrial ecosystem to jointly develop the programme and make sure it is fully aligned with the expectations and requirements of stakeholders: CO2 emitters, existing or potential methanol users, network and industrial platform operators. The eM-France programme is the result of a collective effort, integrated into the local industrial fabric, as reflected in the letters of support for the project and joint action for the effective development thereof. 

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First installation : Lacq Basin (64)


The eM-France programme will be distributed across 4 separate industrial sites in mainland France. The first confirmed installation is the Induslacq chemical platform, in the Lacq Basin, near Pau (64). The expected €350 million investment will create 110 new direct and indirect jobs to produce 150,000 tonnes of e-methanol per year by 2027.

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