Cédric Gossart

Cédric Gossart

Associate professor in the Institut Mines-Télécom




  • Ecoinnovation policies and strategies
  • Ecotechnologies (notably green IT)
  • Ecological footprint of ICTs
  • Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipments (WEEE)
  • Transition management




See http://ecopatents.wp.mines-telecom.fr.



Summary:  The project cycLED aims at optimising the flows of resources over all life-cycle phases of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) products. The energy saving potential for LEDs is significant, and the strategic importance of the LED technology is reflected in the current and upcoming market development. However, LED-based product systems contain many resources like indium, gallium or rare earth metals. Some of these substances are classified as critical raw materials at EU level. Therefore, if the current expansion of LED technologies is most welcomed from an economic and energy point of view, it requires optimising resource flows and addressing key societal issues. To strengthen the emerging LED market in Europe, cycLED focuses on improvement of the material flows and policy measures to remove barriers for LED technology dissemination. Innovation is needed to achieve an efficient management of the different materials used in LED systems, so that the growth of the LED-related markets is decoupled from resource depletion. A material flow analysis will first be conducted to obtain an overview of the most relevant materials contained in LED products, their origin and the situation regarding recycling. Further research will focus on the different life-cycle phases (production and manufacturing, assembling, use and material recycling) to provide overall solutions to improve the resource flows. These results will be combined to develop and implement solutions regarding product design for eco-innovation, adaptation of business models and overcoming of barriers to diffusion. Work packages dedicated to the development of indicators measuring the eco-innovation and to the dissemination of the results will accompany the research. The impacts of cycLED relate to resource savings, reduction of production costs, increase of competitiveness, creation of jobs and capacity building.

Funding: European Commission (FP7-ENV-2011-ECO-INNOVATION). Amount: 4,5 M€.

Duration: 42 months (beginning: 1 January 2012).

Partners: Coordinated by Fraunhofer IZM, University of Wales (EDC Institute), Nottingham Trent University (Research Group Product Design), Philips Lighting, Umicore NV, …

Web page: http://www.cyc-led.eu



StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem)

Coordinates with Ruediger Kuehr the task force Policy of this international initiative of the United Nations University in Bonn, which aims to solve the e-waste problem in the world.

See http://www.step-initiative.org.



Member of this CNRS think tank, which is working on the ecological impacts of ICTs.

See http://www.ecoinfo.cnrs.fr (in French).



Journal articles (peer reviewed)

  • 2012: Article tiré du projet ECOPATENTS en cours de soumission intitulé « Patterns of Innovation in Green ICT: A Patent-Based Analysis ».
  • ICT and sustainable development: Introduction, Terminal (special issue edited by C. Gossart, J.-B. Zimmermann, N. Jullien, and D. Desbois), 2010.
  • Technologies numériques « vertes » : Représentations et stratégies d’acteurs, Terminal, 2010.
  • Fostering National Research Networks: The Case of Turkish Coauthorship Patterns in the Social Sciences (with Müge Özman), Scientometrics, 78(2): 323-345, 2009.
  • Infrastructure numérique et environnement : L’impossible domestication de l’effet rebond, Terminal, 103-104 : 163-177, 2009.
  • Routines and the environment: Bridging the gaps, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 75(3): 416-437, 2008.
  • Routines and the sustainable lock-out of Moroccan oil refineries, Technovation, 25(12): 1468-1475, 2005.

Edited volumes 

  • Conflits des interprétations dans la société de l’information : éthique et politique de l’environnement, sous la direction de Pierre-Antoine Chardel, Cédric Gossart, Bernard Reber, Hermes-Lavoisier, 2012. More information…
  • Les impacts écologiques des TIC, avec des auteurs du groupe EcoInfo du CNRS, EDP Sciences, à paraître le 16 novembre 2012. More information…

Reports and other published papers

  • Final report of the ECOPATENTS project: see project webpage.
  • A la découverte de l’effet Rebond : Quand les technologies vertes poussent à la consommation, Le Monde Diplomatique, juillet : 20-21, 2010.
  • On the Revision of EU’s WEEE Directive COM(2008)810 final (with StEP Task Force Policy), StEP White Paper, 3, 2010.
  • De l’exportation des maux écologiques à l’ère du numérique, Mouvements, 60 : 23-28, 2009.
  • TIC & développement durable, enseignement et recherche dans les écoles de l’Institut Telecom, Revue de l’Electricité et de l’Electronique, 3 : 23-29, 2009.
  • Appraising the Integration of Sustainable Development into Sectoral Policies: The Case of Turkish Science & Technology Policies (with E. Erdil), TEKPOL-STPS Working Papers, 1, http://www.stps.metu.edu.tr/stpswp/series09/0901.pdf, 2009.
  • E-waste Take-back System Design and Policy Approaches (The case of France, with StEP Task Force Policy), StEP White Paper, 1, 2009.
  • TIC et politiques environnementales : l’épreuve de l’effet rebond, Netcom, 22(3-4) : 247-253, 2008.
  • Integrating sustainable development into sectoral policies : The case of science and technology policies, report for the UNDP (with E. Erdil), 2008.
  • Fostering national research networks: The case of Turkish coauthorship patterns in the social sciences (with M. Özman), TEKPOL-STPS Working Papers, 2, http://www.stps.metu.edu.tr/stpswp/series07/0702.pdf, 2007.
  • Impact Assessment of the Implementation of the ‘Large Combustion Plants’ Directive in Turkey (with B. Çelikkol), mimeo, Çankaya University, 2006.
  • Energy Conservation Policies in the Turkish Residential Sector (with B. Cornut), mimeo, Çankaya University, 2006.
  • À propos de ‘La grande désillusion’ de Joseph Stiglitz, Mouvements, 25 : 146-148, 2003.
  • Technology and Environmental Policy: The Implementation of the Air Framework Directive in UK Oil Refineries. Contribution to the report prepared by Steve Sorrell for the European Commission, http://www.merit.unimaas.nl/tep/reports/afd-uk.pdf, 1999.

Contributions to edited volumes

  • « L’émergence des problèmes publics à l’ère du numérique », in Conflits des interprétations dans la société de l’information : éthique et politique de l’environnement, sous la direction de Pierre-Antoine Chardel, Cédric Gossart, Bernard Reber, Hermes-Lavoisier, 2012.
  • Le comportement d’investissement des raffineries pétrolières face aux normes environnementales : Le cas du Maroc, de l’Algérie, de la France et du Royaume-Uni. In H. Regnault (Ed.), Intégration euro-méditerranéenne et stratégies économiques, L’Harmattan, Chapter 4 : 57-68, 2003.


Translation from English to French of “Collective Action” by Pr. A. Oberschall. In Dictionnaire de la pensée sociologique, M. Borlandi, R. Boudon, M. Cherkaoui, B. Valade (Eds.), Collection Quadrige, Presses Universitaires de France, 2005.


Master 1 and 2

  • L’État ne peut pas tout ? Du rôle des politiques publiques en démocratie
  • Connaître son environnement : Quel rôle pour les systèmes d’information ?
  • Environmental Information Systems: Key issues and challenges
  • Introduction to the history, values, and institutions of the European Union