Laurent Florin, Market Manager “Energy services” at ENGIE
Laurent Florin joined ENGIE Cofely as a Market Manager after graduating from the Neoma Business School in 1998. In this interview, he explains the pioneering energy efficiency projects developed by this ENGIE subsidiary, and gives us his overview of opportunities for young engineers.
This interview with Laurent Florin first appeared in Special Edition 20 of Grandes Ecoles et Universités magazine
What are the fundamentals of ENGIE in terms of energy efficiency?
Against a background of far-reaching change in the European energy model, the strategy of the Group in responding to this crucial challenge is built around three priorities, all of which are covered by ENGIE Cofely: local, renewable, local energy generation, greater energy efficiency for equipment and buildings, and the involvement of end-user consumers.
What is it that makes ENGIE subsidiary ENGIE Cofely the ideal company for a young engineer interested in contributing to the energy transition?
With its culture of challenge and innovation, the Group is responding to the climate change challenges of tomorrow as a responsible company. Its presence on every continent offers young employees the opportunity to develop their careers worldwide by taking part in pioneering projects that are helping to build a less energy-hungry world for the future. It’s also accompany for every kind of engineer; not just those destined for a career in management, but also those who want to develop cutting-edge expertise in climate engineering to solve the challenges of renewables and energy efficiency or apply digital technology to the worlds of construction and energy.
What types of mission are your young engineers involved in?
They contribute to studies and preparing energy performance contracts, global contracts and bespoke contracts to assist and support our clients in defining their own energy performance strategies. Working in what is very much a BtoB environment, their careers involve them in a very diverse range of business sectors, from service industry to manufacturing industry, healthcare institutions, public authorities, offices, and many more… On a daily basis, they develop diagnostic analyses that identify sources of energy optimization and define strategies to suit the needs of their clients, which they then implement in the form of major or minor building upgrades. And because ENGIE always engages with these issues for the long term, they can then be sure of following through their initial work by providing our clients with support and assistance on a day-to-day basis. These global contracts combining design, construction, operation and maintenance allow our engineers to be 100% involved at every stage of these projects from A to Z, which means they can apply their advanced technical skills, of course, but they also need to exercise their communication skills to achieve a successful outcome of commercial discussions with clients, as well as internally with our support functions, especially legal affairs, procurement and finance.
Could you give us some examples of innovative projects they have been able to contribute to?
ENGIE subsidiary ENGIE Cofely is currently implementing a marine geothermal project in conjunction with the Euro Méditerranée authority. This first marine geothermal project to exploit the heating and cooling properties of the sea is designed to serve 500,000 m² of buildings in the new Euro Méditerranée district of eastern Marseille via a 3-km heating and cooling network. Eventually, it should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70%. ENGIE Cofely has also installed a district network where the heating is provided by energy generated using flax waste to fuel biomass boilers.