Mis à jour le 14 May 2019

Environment and sustainability

In order to preserve the environment, Issy-les-Moulineaux supports the development of ecoquartiers and develops innovative solutions for waste.

Green spaces & Biodiversity

In Issy-les-Moulineaux, you will find an educational farm, geothermal power, electric buses, insect hotels, eco-districts, countless green spaces, and even sheep.

With the recent expansion of the l’Île Saint-Germain and the opening of the eco-digital Fort district, the city now has 60,000 m² of public green spaces in addition to private gardens and residential common areas. These green spaces and gardens are distributed all over the city.

The city also sits near the Meudon forest and the Clamart woods, and is located in the heart of one of the main green lungs of West Paris. With three graden sites, more than 450 above ground planters, and nearly 7,000 trees, Issy is a marvelous blend of urban and green spaces.

You will find all the green spaces on the official map of the city

Innovative Solutions for Waste

The City, in association with the Grand Paris Seine West (Grand Paris Seine Ouest), seeks to develop new ways of eliminating waste.

Pneumatic Collection

The two eco-districts of the city, the Fort of Issy and Bord de Seine, have pneumatic collection. This system consists of vacuuming the waste disposed into collection terminals into a central collection site.

This effectively eliminates the need for garbage rooms and dumpsters in buildings, garbage bins on sidewalks, and the circulation of collection trucks.

Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Devices

Since 2015, in collaboration with Grand Paris Seine West, Syctom (the metropolitan agency for household waste), and Eco-systems, the City hosts a collection event of Déchets d’Équipements Électriques et Électroniques (DEEE) at the Madaule and Corentin Celton squares. Operational devices are resold via Emmaüs.

More than 26 tons of devices were collected in 2018 (an average of 2.9 tons per collection day).

Composting to Valorize Bio-Waste

Finally, the City promoted domestic composting, especially collective composting (co-ownership or neighborhood-wise).

In France, it is estimated that each inhabitant produces an average of about 380 kg of household waste. With nearly 30% of that trash being organic waste, composting has an immediate and notable impact since it diverts part of the waste from incineration.

In addition, all communities will be required to separate biowaste in their garbage by 2025. Issy took initiative ahead of this deadline to install neighborhood composters, each 1,000 liters, in various public spaces.

The principle behind these composters is simple. They are padlocked to guarantee the quality of the compost. To use them, co-managing associations gives codes out - Issy en Herbe in the Louis Blériot Square, Les Terriens d’Issy on Rue de la Galiote, and Issy en Transitions in the Weiden Square and the Square of Varennes.

The compost will be shared among contributors to use as a quality natural fertilizer. The services of the territorial public establishment also continue to equip individuals with vermicomposters free of charge.


Located on the banks of the Seine, the Isséane waste treatment center, owned by Syctom and operated by TIRU, is a benchmark for innovation and energy recovery. Commissioned in 2008, this multifilament center has a sorting center and an incineration unit.

The sorting center processes more than 23,000 tons of waste each year, pre-sorted by residents in 15 municipalities. Waste is sorted by material type before joining the recycling channels.

Designed in accordance with environmental quality criteria, the Isséane incineration center processes the non-recyclable waste of 1.45 million inhabitants, or 22 communes of Syctom (around 501,000 tons in 2017). Waste is transformed to produce local energy that supplies the population with heat and electricity, the equivalent of 80,000 homes per year.

Isséane has made a name for itself in the city’s landscape and beyond France, thanks to its innovative architecture. With two-thirds of it underground and a green roof, it fits perfectly into the urban setting.

EcoQuartier Districts

The Fort of Issy

The Winning “Smart City” of the COP22 in 2016, the Fort of Issy is a model for eco-responsible and connected neighborhoods.

Issy-les-Moulineaux is a leader in implementing sustainable urban design. “Fort d’Issy” exemplifies Issy’s commitment to sustainability, with home automation, an automated vacuum waste collection system, and geothermal power.

The Fort is a living space built on the side of a former 19th century fortress, demilitarised in 2009. Today, on the hills above Issy, the district is a symbol of urban Paris and includes more than 1600 houses, 3500 residents, and 1500 m² of local shops.

The buildings are designed with state-of-the-art technology in accordance with the highest environmental standards.

  • The district’s automated vacuum household waste collection system, the first in France, optimises hygiene and security, removes the need for waste containers in buildings and public spaces, and sorts waste at the source, making recycling easier.
  • Over 75% of the district’s heating and domestic hot water needs are met by two geothermal wells 750 meters deep.
  • Each housing unit has fibre optics and home automation equipment that connects residents to all digital services, including IssyGrid, the first smart district network in France that aims to consume better, less, and at the right time.
  • The eco-district is one of the first places to test “smart mobility” in Issy, with shared parking, real-time bus tracking via smartphone, and self-service electric cars.

The Fort includes many innovative facilities and public spaces, including an environmentally friendly school made of straw and wood, a Feng Shui swimming pool, a digital centre where you can test the latest tech (such as smart glasses and the Nao robot), and sports facilities. The neighborhood also includes green spaces such as a 44,000 m² orchard and soon, a shared vegetable garden and a Japanese garden created by our twin town - {insert name of Japanese town here}.

The Bords de Seine

In December 2017, the Bords de Seine district was labeled an EcoQuartier Stage 4 by the Ministry of Cohesion of the Territories.

The Bords de Seine eco-district combines bioclimatic design, reinforced insulation, high efficiency equipment, renewable energy, and rainwater recovery to create a sustainable, urban neighborhood. The buildings are low energy consumption to reduce both tenant charges and CO2 emissions.

The 35,000 m² neighborhood is diverse, innovative, and welcoming:

  • Well-connected to surrounding neighborhoods and the banks of the Sine
  • Welcoming green spaces and biodiversity
  • Spacious apartments with large balconies
  • Social and functional diversity in housing, offices, shops, and public facilities
  • Accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, and via public transportation, to reduce the impact of motor vehicles