Réunion is one of the Mascarene Islands and a French overseas département in the western Indian Ocean. It is here we encountered one of the ‘’sweetest’’ jobs.
Located in the heart of the La Saline in Belle Vue, there is an historic sugar plant.
In the pursuit of using heritage at the service of the economy and development, few months ago, the council began the reclamation of this brownfield, a factory that once represented the economic heart of the island.
To this day, in Réunion, home of the nearly-forgotten traditional Galabe’, the sugar industry covers a particularly important part of the island economy. It generates more than 18,300 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the fields of agriculture, industry, transport, energy and research. In sugar production by-products also play key roles. From the raw material, sugar aside, the produce includes:
- rum, from molasses and cane juice
- electricity, from the bagasse, which is the key to Reunion Island's energy self-sufficiency
- fertilizer, from the foam
- fodder for livestock