End of the Pre-project Consultation for the Implementation of CARBON’s Gigafactory in Fos-sur-Mer

End of the Pre-project Consultation for the Implementation of CARBON’s Gigafactory in Fos-sur-Mer

October 30 marked the conclusion of the prior consultation process for CARBON’s project to establish a gigafactory for solar panels and photovoltaic cells in Fos-sur-Mer. This crucial step provided an opportunity to discuss the project’s feasibility, objectives, and key features with citizens and all stakeholders in the region.

A Public Consultation Promoting Information and Public Participation

Since September 11, CARBON and RTE have successfully conducted this prior consultation, overseen by the Commission nationale du Débat Public (CNDP ; French National Public Debate Commission). The goal of the initiative was to facilitate discussions about CARBON’s project in Fos-sur-Mer, within the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille in Région Sud.

During this period, six public meetings were organized, engaging over 600 participants. Following an initial consultation phase, four thematic meetings delved into specific topics such as the environment, safety, employment, and territorial integration.

Additionally, three mobile debates facilitated interactions with more than 100 citizens..

Furthermore, the dedicated web platform for the consultation process received 74 contributions (opinions, questions, and proposals) and get more than 6,500 visits.

The Consultation Continues!

CARBON attaches great importance to collaboratively shaping its project with all local stakeholders.

The industrial company now enters a phase of continuous consultation leading up to the public inquiry scheduled for 2024, still under the auspices of the CNDP.

This continuous consultation will include several public meetings to update stakeholders on the project’s progress. CARBON plans to organize a public meeting with RTE to discuss the independent report which is slated for publication by the CNDP guarantors before November 30. CARBON will also use this phase to share the initial results of the project’s impact and hazard studies.

Finally, if the project is authorized, CARBON commits to establishing a monitoring committee to ensure long-term information and public participation.