Communauté d’agglomération du Beauvaisis: the future Silicon Valley of the bioeconomy
The Communauté d’agglomération du Beauvaisis has made the strategic, clear and determined choice to develop resilient agricultural, energy and industrial sectors on its territory. An ecological and economic choice for the future that it is making in partnership with all the local economic players.
For Matthieu Alaime, Director of the Economy, Higher Education and Innovation at the Beauvaisis Agglomeration Community, the project is exciting: “We are developing a highly territorial ecological and economic strategy in consultation with all the local economic players. We have in our territory major players in technological agriculture and agromachinery, players specialised in metalworking, mechanics and machinery, as well as a large agricultural sector. All have interests that converge to develop sustainable solutions for the future. Our objective is to bring them together to think about resilient agriculture, decarbonisation, energy independence, bioeconomy, etc. by combining know-how, strategic sectors, and high and low tech solutions. The idea is to pool the resources of different economic worlds (industrial, social and solidarity economy, circular economy, etc.) to develop these new sectors together in our region.
Last summer, the Beauvaisis agglomeration community launched its cluster, called “Beauvais Rev’Agro”. This ecosystem brings together students, researchers, companies, start-ups and institutions in the region to promote AgTech and agro-equipment for sustainable and efficient agriculture. “Within the framework of this cluster, we put everyone around the table and we work to bring everyone’s strategies together,” continues Matthieu Alaime. “For example, we are studying the characteristics of our future local energy mix with the idea of building a hydrogen ecosystem in our region. Many players, whether in industry, logistics, agricultural machinery or mobility, are interested by this topic. We are working together to identify all the existing uses and are studying the relevance of installing a local production unit and a network of distribution centres capable of meeting everyone’s needs, while creating local jobs.
The Beauvaisis agglomeration community is interested in all the opportunities offered by the bioeconomy and the decarbonisation of the economy. “It is a global project for the territory, driven by a strong political will. The ambition is to show that it is possible to reconcile ecology and economy in the logic of territorial synergies. Our services, with the support of the B4C cluster, can assist start-ups and industrialists who wish to set up in our region. We still have a hundred hectares of free land that we want to devote to the construction of an economic district around resilient industrial, energy and economic projects. We also want to organise the higher education and training offer in line with the economic dynamics of the region. We want to offer companies and start-ups in the bioeconomy the opportunity to integrate a global ecosystem in which they will find sources of resources, public and private partners with whom to build partnerships, and future people trained to meet their needs. We are looking to the long term. We are working to build a virtuous local ecosystem that addresses environmental issues and French reindustrialisation, while promoting the development of our territory, all its economic players and its inhabitants.
WHY JOIN BIOECONOMY FOR CHANGE?
“The first added value of our membership is that we can benefit from the quality of the cluster’s expertise. We can also rely on the feedback from other members. For us, who have strong local roots, the cluster is a window on the world of the bioeconomy, its players and its innovations, which helps us to build a relevant and differentiating territorial project.”