The valley

6 axes for a major development

Participating in the dynamics of industrial change 

The Lyon Vallée de la Chimie industrial platform offers a favorable framework for the set-up of new businesses and the development of innovative projects. With high-performance services and dedicated support, value-chain integration is facilitated for activities in R&D, demonstration, experimentation and production.

Examples of companies set up in the Vallée:

  • Jontrans
  • Deltalys
  • Axelera on the IFPEN site
  • Solvay R&D Campus

The metropolitan energy factory: renewable energy in the territory

49% of renewable and recovery energy consumed within the Lyon Métropole is already produced in the Vallée, which gives it an ideal position to focus on innovation in renewable energy. 


Currently in the Vallée: 

  • Use of photovoltaic resources: Lyon Rhône Solaire
  • Total CRES Biocarburants
  • Compagnie Nationale du Rhône
  • Gaya
  • Thermal effects study (recovery of waste heat of industrial sites)
  • Valden project
  • Opening of a hydrogen refill station in the Port of Lyon

Productive landscape: land of innovation, in the true sense

A new sector has emerged from the Vallée de la Chimie testing grounds and soils, coming from the need to sustainably manage natural resources in the city and to use the landscape as a new opportunity to create value.

Currently in the Vallée:

  • Soil decontamination: Serpol (3 ha)
  • Soil revitalization: Terres Fertiles 2.0 (4 ha), Pépinière SOUPE (14 ha), Valhoriz
  • Biodynamic soil revitalization: Valter Biomasse, ASBRA et RACINE, Ain Environnement
  • Pierre-Bénite meander cutoff

Public transport: greater density for the south of Lyon.

While the Valley is exceptionally well-connected on a regional, national, European and international level, at city level the public transport offering needs to be improved to make it more convenient for residents and workers.

A number options are currently being examined:

  • Creation of a bus line between the Vernaison and Feyzin railway stations 
  • Creation of routes using alternative modes of transport between residential areas, business sites and natural spaces
  • Development of existing  halts and stations
  • Development of the Regional Express Train lines (TER) with greater frequency at peak times and ticket prices harmonised with the city’s public transport system

Natural spaces: between protection and experimentation

The landscaped spaces in the Valley, the escarpments, the former river and canal channels and the islands in the Rhône are all natural resources providing ecological and economic levers for the territorial transformation project.

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  • Creation of the “escarpment trail”
  • Utilisation of the islands in the Rhône
    (biodiversity, leisure)
  • Productive landscape experiments on the industrial former waterway channels

Waterways: innovate to develop river transport

The river as a mode of transport is, for Lyon, an infrastructure of the future for goods transport and a vector of economic development. It meets business competitiveness challenges and also environmental challenges by gradually reducing the impact of road goods transport in Lyon. Chemistry Valley has the benefit of the presence of the canal, the proximity of the Port of Lyon and the potential for the consolidation of the chemical and waste-processing sectors to make better use of this mode of transport.

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