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Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS) was created in 1990. It is a public research body of an industrial and commercial character, under the supervision of the French Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. In 2010, the staff numbered 584 people including more than 300 engineers, research scientists and managers, and 55 PhD students. INERIS’s mission is to assess and prevent accidental and chronic risks to people and the environment originating from industrial activities, chemical substances and underground works.

INERIS engages in two main sorts of research and studies:

  • Characterisation and understanding of the phenomena that underlie the risks affecting the safety or property, people, health and the environment as a result of economic activities;
  • Improvement of the identification and evaluation of such risks in order to enable decision-makers in the public and private sectors to adopt the most appropriate measures to improve environmental safety.

Using the findings of these research works, INERIS offers advice and high-level technical expertise to public administrations, industry and regional authorities and develops an active policy for disseminating information to a wide public. Technical consultation is also provided to support public authorities in their regulatory and standardisation activity.

INERIS’s work is based on an original methodology that combines an experimental approach, modelling and experience feedback. INERIS is equipped with physico-chemical analysis laboratories and testing and computing facilities that rank among the best in France. The “Characterisation of Hazardous Substances and Reactions” Unit of INERIS has been carrying out research on automotive batteries for several years with regards to accidental hazards.

Contact person: Philippe Goncalves

Link: http://www.ineris.fr/


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