The history of TIRU

1922: The TIRU company, "Industrial Treatment of Urban Residues" is created

The TIRU company was created at the initiative of the City of Paris. It would be the sole manager of four incineration plants (Saint-Ouen, Ivry, Issy-les-Moulineaux and Romainville) which already produce electricity.

1946: EDF is created under the Nationalisation Act

TIRU becomes one of the components of its Production and Transport Department.

1950 - 1969: TIRU modernizes the factories of the City of Paris

  • Saint-Ouen is the first French site with a continuous fire system (1954).
  • Issy-les-Moulineaux integrates furnaces with boilers, a major technical innovation (1965).
  • Ivry "ignites" the world's largest incineration furnaces (1969).

1970-1990: TIRU continues its research work

  • Environmental impact studies contributing to the development of incineration control standards
  • 1st patent of a French incineration grid (1985)

1991-1999: TIRU expands its international presence...

1991-1999: TIRU expands its international presence...
TIRU builds and operates the multi-stream waste treatment centre in Mataró. It became the operator of the Québec plant (1994) and bought "Rebuts Solides Canadiens", a Montreal waste collection and sorting company (1995).

... and diversifies its activities

Diversification also occurs in France, with the creation of TIRFER (bottom ash and scrap metal processing) in 1992 and VALESPACE (sorting and recycling) in 1995.

2000 - 2005: TIRU broadens its scope of consolidation

  • Acquisitions of CYCLERGIE and PRONERGIES in late 2000, followed by CIDEME in early 2003
  • Operation of the Grimsby plant (via the subsidiary GOL) in the United Kingdom since 2004, under a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) contract. This contract was extended in 2015 for an additional 5 years (until 2029).

2006 - 2011: TIRU shows its dedication to the environment

  • Launch of the "green energy creator" signature.
  • Construction and operation of an energy recovery unit in Exeter (UK)

2012 - 2013: TIRU makes its management system a priority

Implementation of the OHSAS 18001, a reference system for the management of occupational health and safety.
In 2013, the Grimsby (GB) energy recovery unit obtains the triple Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE) certification.

2014: TIRU adopts a new logo, a variation on the EDF logo

TIRU shows in this way its desire to be more visible in line with EDF's ambition and strategy for local renewable energy production. The TIRU brand and its new graphic charter are progressively establishing themselves on all sites formerly known under the name of their legal structure as subsidiaries (Cideme, Cyclergie, Cydel, Ouanalao Environnement, TSI...).

2016: TIRU stands out thanks to its ecological innovations

  • Patent registration for the oscillating furnace, technology "made in TIRU".
  • Success of the "Terracotta" project, gasification of SRF (solid recovery fuels) in the Ademe call for projects
  • Awarded the "jury's favourite" prize by EDF employees for the Great Lakes Ecoserre, a state-of-the-art greenhouse powered by water vapour from the Pontenx-les-Forges waste recovery unit (40)

2017: TIRU continues its international expansion

Renewal of the exclusive agreement between TIRU and OWS for the French market and signature of a 10-year agreement for the Polish municipal waste methanisation market.