Low-carbon cement for the first positive-energy stadium in France

16 July 2012

Since July 2012, soccer fans in the French city of Le Havre have been following their team at a brand new ground, known as the Stade Océane. It’s unique in France – the first stadium in the country that produces more energy than it consumes. And what’s more, thanks to LafargeHolcim, its CO2 emissions are lower than those of a traditional stadium.


On July 12, 2012, a crowd of around 25,000 spectators watched a soccer match between Le Havre and Lille in the brand new Stade Océane. But the supporters were probably unaware that they were taking part in a French premiere.

The stadium, built at the entrance to Le Havre by a consortium consisting of Vinci Construction France, SCAU architects, KSS architects and IOSIS, is the first in the country that produces more energy than it consumes!

LafargeHolcim played its part by supplying a cement with very low carbon content (CEM V-type cement, a cement half composed of fly ash, produced by thermal power plants). As a result, the carbon emission of the concrete was 22% lower than that of standard concrete.

But the Stade Océane's environmental performance doesn't end there! To reduce its environmental impact still further, it also includes:

  • 1,500 m² of photovoltaic panels,
  • a system to recover rainwater for watering and for the toilets,
  • optimized thermal insulation thanks to closed spaces,
  • regulation of temperature and lighting based on occupancy.

And no sacrifice has been made as far as esthetics are concerned.

Le Havre are currently playing in France's 2nd division, but the club is stopping at nothing to fight back to the top-flight of French soccer!