With the third-ranked university worldwide in ecology, Montpellier is a pioneer for the ecological transition. Here, all economic and scientific stakeholders are mobilized.
An innovative sector accelerating green growth

Environmental care is a metropolitan responsibility exercised in particular through waste treatment and mobility programs, and the fight against pollution. Environmental protection in Montpellier is a major preoccupation that involves the full range of economic powers.
Innovating is about preparing for tomorrow’s economy and jobs, while supporting the initiatives and changes required to ensure the quality of life and work in our territory as well as for the planet as a whole.

leading university worldwide for ecology
400 scientists and 150 PhD students involved with water sciences
11 sites covering 6,830 ha nearly 16% of the territory
annual flagship event in December
research establishments
Aqua Valley competitiveness cluster

The Aqua Valley competitiveness cluster unites a network of 210 members (companies, research and training organizations, associations) mainly located in the Occitanie and Région Sud southern regions, home to one of the highest concentrations of researchers and companies in the water sector.

Aqua Valley’s objective is to support the development of small and medium-sized businesses by coordinating professional networks, pooling resources, and implementing collaborative actions covering all activities related to the water cycle.
The cluster promotes all branches of the water sector with an eye on regional economic development.
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Derbi competitiveness cluster

The Derbi competitiveness cluster is dedicated to the energy transition. It was one of the first competitiveness clusters created in France in 2005 and is now one of 54 national clusters accredited by the French government for 2019-2022. Its actions are focused on the Occitanie/Pyrénées Méditerranée region. Derbi brings together companies, laboratories, universities, training centers, professional organizations, financial institutions, and local authorities involved in advancing the renewable energy sector.
The cluster’s main goal is to accelerate the emergence and commercialization of innovative products and services in fast-growing markets driven by international demand, European energy directives, and the French Energy Transition.
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