Focus #1: Decarbonization

Novacarb: an energy transition focused on the future

How can we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and stop using coal?

At Novacarb, the energy transition involves modernizing our energy production methods, notably by building a biomass cogeneration plant. As a major player in the mineral industry, and consequently an intensive consumer of energy, Humens is committed to significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and putting an end to its use of coal.

Novacarb is moving forward with its energy transition at the La Madeleine, France, site, in particular by implementing the Novawood project in partnership with Engie Solutions. Novawood is an efficient combined green electricity and heat production facility that will be operational in early 2023.

Novawood : la centrale de cogénération biomasse


- 40 %
reduction of the site’s annual coal consumption, replacing it with renewable energy sources such as biomass
- 25 %
fossil CO₂ emitted per year
+ 115 Gwh
of green electricity produced per year
« This biomass cogeneration plant is a major step in our ambitious energy transition program dedicated to low-carbon energy. Novacarb is significantly reducing its use of coal, while producing green electricity and creating jobs in the region. »
Benoist Vercherin
Energy and CSR Director at Humens

Focus #2 | Inclusion

Focus #3 | Water quality

Focus #4 | Employement