Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees merged into a single region on 1st January 2016.
The data of this site mainly concerns the former Midi-Pyrenees region and is currently being updated.

Environment, water, energy

Midi-Pyrenees, the Green Valley.
Skills in the areas of water, eco-materials, waste management and renewable energy.


The wind of green growth is blowing in Midi-Pyrenees, encouraged by its location, sunshine of more than 2,200 hours per year, leading-edge research and an academic complex of 117,000 students.

4 strategic segments of the region’s green economy:

  • Water
  • Eco-materials
  • Waste management
  • Renewable energy

Key figures

  • 1,800 eco-businesses employing almost 15,500 employees
  • Leading French region in the production of hydroelectricity
  • Midi-Pyrenees, the 2nd largest French region for photovoltaic energy production, with an installed capacity of 284 MW as of December 31, 2011
  • Midi-Pyrenees is in the top 10 of wind turbine regions, with 384 MW installed at the end of 2011
  • 15,000 homes with solar water heaters, among the leading French regions
  • Leading French region for surface area devoted to organic agricultural

Key players

Competitiveness cluster, networks and structures dedicated to the sector

Leading companies

Education & Training

A wide range of dedicated training courses, from CAP vocational qualifications to Masters or Engineering degree:

  • Specialized professional degrees: ENR, treatment and recovery of waste, new materials, etc.
  • Fifty high level dedicated training courses relating to the environment as well as a Post-graduate course in Sustainable Development "Cycle des Hautes Etudes du Développement Durable (CHEDD)" UPS Toulouse III, INPT, INSA, Université Toulouse II Le Mirail, TBS, ENVT, EMAC,ENSEEIHT
  • More than a dozen organizations active in vocational training and continuing education


  • LAAS-CNRS: 2nd French solar photovoltaic laboratory
  • Other recognized laboratories in renewable energies: LAPLACE (organic photovoltaic cells), CNES (wind turbine arrays), LGC (microbial fuel cells), the RAPSODEE Centre for Research of the Ecole des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux (biomass and solar), etc.
  • An R&D cluster joining Albi, Toulouse and Tarbes on membrane filtration and detection of pollutants
  • Major skills in agro-materials (LCA, LISBP)
  • A dozen organizations devoted to networking, technology transfer and innovation.


  • Pollutec Lyon: MPE and CCI Midi-Pyrenees support the regional companies at the largest European trade show dedicated to the environment.