BIOHEC-LIFE is a project that aims at executing the demonstration of a local biodiesel production industry, from used food oils. At the end of this program, this upcycling industry will be copied in other territories of France and Europe. BIOHEC-LIFE is co-financed by the European Union within the scope of LIFE program.

The European Union has for objective to integrate 10% of renewable energy in transport by 2020.

This ambitious goal has contributed to the emergence of the first biodiesel industries. Yet, their environmental balances are nowadays questioned. In fact, the production of those first-generation-biodiesel uses cultures that are normally addressed to alimentation.

To avoid this competition, a second-generation of biodiesel has appeared. Its production uses raw materials coming from waste or inedible resources. Used food oils, food-processing industry and food service waste play a major role in the development of these new biodiesel.

Gecco has decided to develop a new technology to recycle used vegetal oils into biodiesel.


Reduce the impacts on the environment and create jobs

In comparison with the fossil origin diesel industry, Gecco network wants to:

  • generate 93% of greenhouse gas emissions less.
  • create 10 times more jobs by liter of diesel produced.
  • reduce by 86% the consumption of non-renewable energies, by 97% the atmospheric pollution (photochemical oxidization), by 98% the impact on human health and by 46% the water and soil pollution (potential of eutrophication).

Build an eco-conceived prototype allowing the production of biodiesel thanks to used oils.

Test and validate biodiesel on vehicles belonging to Lille town hall and other collectivities.

Validate the economic, environmental and social model of the transformation and distribution of biodiesel to professionals.

Increase the mainstream collection of used cooking oils.

Research partnerships to copy the model in France and Europe.



Gecco is a solidarity-based company. It implements concrete solutions to tackle energetic transition issues. 

Gecco has specialized in the recovery of food-service waste. It develops industries of local circular economy in favor of the energetic autonomy of territories.

Its expertise relies on field knowledge, research and development, its vision of the life cycle of a product and its entrepreneurial approach.

Pour La Solidarité (PLS) is an independent idea-and-action-laboratory. It works in favor of a solidarity-based and sustainable Europe. 

PLS is involved is the thinking of social progress. It advises key actors (public powers, firms and the civil society) in the field of social and solidarity-based economy and sustainable development and diversity. Moreover, it pays a particular attention to the sharing of those thoughts.

RREUSE (Reuse and Recycling Social Enterprises in the European Union) is the first European network that gathers social companies working in the field of reuse, reparation and recycling.

RREUSE’s mission is to promote more committed policies in favor of the reparation and the reuse of dying products at the European level. Thus, its goal is to delay the moment when these products will be considered as waste. 

Furthermore, RREUSE works on a legislation dealing with social economy. It has a specific interest in green jobs linked with social inclusion and the training of people who are the most away from the labor market.

L’Institut Charles Viollette (ICV) is a Lille University lab  which is involved in the field of bio-technology. It develops eco-conceived methods for a sustainable transformation of agricultural resources.

It gathers 3 research teams: 

– one works on the adaptation to stress and plants quality (ASQV Team).

– another one works on the quality and the security of food (QSA Team).

– the last one on enzymatic and microbial engineering and methods (ProBioGEM Team).

The CVI is composed by 81 permanent members and about fifty temporal members (PhD, Post-doc, engineers…).