How can French industrial companies reconcile competitiveness and sustainability?

19 October 2023
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Hub Bpifrance - 8 bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris

We had the pleasure of organizing a event dedicated to decarbonizing industry organized in partnership with Bpifrance, France Industrie, Explore, Kaïros and CLSon Thursday, October 19, 2023. 

How can French industrial companies reconcile competitiveness and sustainability?

How can public and private players join forces to build the low-carbon industry of tomorrow?

Video review of the event
During this round table, our experts addressed the following key points:

Decarbonization strategies, green innovation and profitability for businesses

  • How can companies develop plans to reduce carbon emissions while maintaining their competitiveness and profitability?
  • How can green innovation create new business opportunities and strengthen a company's competitive position?

Industry and value chain

  • What role can industry play in accelerating the ecological transition?


  • What kind of financing supports industries' transition to a low-carbon economy?

Skills development

  • What are the training and skills issues involved in decarbonizing industry?

Impact assessment

  • How can we concretely assess the impact of all our actions?
The program

🍸 6:00 pm | Welcome and refreshments

🎤 6:30 pm | Opening speeches by Guillaume Mortelier (Executive Director - Support Department - Bpifrance) and Christophe Boytchev (President G.A.C. Group)

🎙️ 6:45 p.m. | Conference by Alexandre Saubot (Chairman of France Industrie & Vice-Chairman of the Conseil national de l'industrie)

💡 19h15 | Round Table Reindustrialization & Decarbonization with a panel of experts in responsible innovation, sustainable growth and environmental, social and societal transitions

🏆 8:15pm | Awards ceremony Innovation Competition We Impact. The We Impact competition, organized by G.A.C. Group, rewards industry players with innovative projects that have a positive impact on the environment, society and local communities. 

🍴 9:00 pm | Cocktail reception & Networking

Special guests
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Alexandre SAUBOT

President, France Industrie
Vice-Chairman, Conseil national de l'industrie

A former student at the École Polytechnique, Alexandre Saubot has headed Haulotte Group SA, a family-owned ETI specialized in the manufacture of aerial work platforms and telescopic forklift-trucks, since 2000. In March 2020, Alexandre Saubot was elected Vice-Chairman of France Industrie, the professional organization representing industry in France. In November 2020, Alexandre Saubot is elected President of France Industrie. He is re-elected on November 25, 2022. A former Vice-Chairman of MEDEF and Pôle Emploi, he has extensive experience in industry and professional organizations. 

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Executive Director
Support Department

Guillaume Mortelier is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He began his career in 2003 with Bain & Company in Paris and San Francisco, where he led business development assignments in Europe and North America. Between 2007 and 2012, he made equity investments in French mid-sized companies. In September 2012, Guillaume joined CDC Entreprises, a constituent entity of Bpifrance, where he was appointed Director of Development and then Director of Strategy and Development in 2014. In December 2017, he became a member of the Mid & Large Cap Management Committee, in charge of the creation and management of the International Build-up Fund. Guillaume Mortelier was appointed Executive Director in charge of Support on August 1, 2018.

The experts at the round table
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Christophe BOYTCHEV

Chairman G.A.C. Group

Christophe Boytchev is Chairman of G.A.C. Group, an international consulting firm dedicated to innovation, performance, corporate competitiveness and regional attractiveness. Christophe Boytchev's corporate strategy is based on an ambition for transformation, with the ultimate goal of creating positive, sustainable impacts for his customers, employees and partners. As an innovator, he is committed to the ecological transition of companies and regions. Christophe has held senior management positions in the IT and NTIC sectors.

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ESG Climate Manager
Innovation Department

Emilie Garcia is ESG & Impact Manager within the Innovation Department. She is in charge of coordinating and leading the implementation of the Climate Plan, ESG and Impact for innovation financing and venture capital funds. Trained as an engineer, she started out as a consultant in the energy and environment sectors, before joining an industrial group in the hydrogen sector, where she managed plant construction projects in France and abroad. For the past 10 years, she has been with Bpifrance, where she began her career in operational R&D financing and technical expertise, before moving on to Ecotech team management.

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Co-manager KAïROS
Co-President EXPLORE

Co-managing director of KAIROSIn 2009, Sophie Jourdain Vercelletto joined Roland Jourdain, and together they set out to diversify the business and reconcile Kaïros' missions with the impact of their activity on the environment. Kairos Environnement helps manufacturers develop clean, sustainable alternatives to conventional materials for all types of applications. Kairos became a company with a mission in 2023: its raison d'être is "to share our passion for the environment in order to transform our outlook, our practices and our lifestyles, both on land and at sea". 

Co-founder of the EXPLORE Endowment Fund. By creating the Explore endowment fund in 2013, to experiment, cooperate and inspire, by hosting explorations that respond to these missions and by promoting programs of inspiration to as many people as possible, Sophie and Roland hope to contribute to the general interest of our society.

Kairos is Explore's biggest donor and is supported by some thirty corporate sponsors.

➡️ Route du Rhum 2022 : Join Roland Jourdain on board the WeExplore to experience and rediscover this famous ocean race from the inside!

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Stéphanie LIMOUZIN

Executive Vice President
Chief Business Development Officer

Appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Stéphanie manages 5 business units worldwide, including the Environment and Climate BU. For the past 20 years, she and her teams have been working to develop and deploy space-based solutions to study and protect our planet and manage its resources sustainably, in all 4 corners of the globe. Trained as an engineer, she has spent nearly 15 years setting up projects for observing the planet, particularly the oceans, nurturing the growth of the CLS group, which places technology at the heart of environmental and societal issues, and developing a virtuous space economy with missions in the public interest.

Round table moderated by Frédéric FERRER
Frédéric FERRER
Journalist, teacher, presenter and interviewer
Frédéric FERRER is a journalist and teacher. A radio, television and press presenter and interviewer, he is also a graduate of ESCP Business School and teaches at the school's Mastère Médias program. He helps companies organize, prepare (scenic and editorial) and host corporate and public events. Orange, SNCF, ADP and MEDEF are just some of the companies that call on him.

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