As the world's largest energy consumer, China has embarked on a true energy revolution to limit the impact of its economic growth on environment and health. Still dominated by coal, its energy mix is rapidly evolving thanks to massive domestic investment in renewable energy, which China also performs abroad. ENGIE has entered into numerous strategic partnerships which are in line with this energy revolution. ENGIE is supporting this energy revolution, positioning itself in particular in the photovoltaic sector.
After the recent ENGIE acquisition of EV-Box1, both organisations will join forces on the Europe Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT). The aim of this event is to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption and the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. A challenge that is not new for ENGIE. In February, the Group sponsored the Emirates EVRT and installed all EV charging stations along the route of the four day zero-emission race.
The PSA Group has chosen the Blu.e by ENGIE digital platform to manage its overall energy and environmental policy. In 2017, the Blu.e solution will be applied on a pilot basis at the Group’s Poissy manufacturing plant, in the Paris region.
On February 8, 2017, the ZOEnergy sustainable city project was officially launched in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. The project consists of creating a consortium of private- and public-sector players who will work together to enable the city to develop its renewable energy resources in an integrated way.
ENGIE and FFVL (French Federation of Free Flight) are announcing the renewal for the tenth year in succession of the ENGIE Kite Tour, the FFVL French Kitesurfing Speed Crossing Cup. The 2017 edition will offer high-quality competition spread over four French beaches from June to October. The Group is also extending its support for Alex Caizergues, a member of Team ENGIE since 2009 and the current kite speed world record holder (56.62 knots, or 104.8 km/h), set on November 11, 2013.
ENGIE took part in the 28th MIMA, the largest international exhibition for property industry players held at the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes from 14 to 17 March 2017. Review of this event with photos.
In its Utilities 50 2017 report, Brand Finance ranks ENGIE as the most valuable utilities brand in the world, ahead of EDF and Enel. It therefore confirms other rankings awarded to the Group since 2009. The ENGIE brand is also ranked the sixth most valuable of all French brands.
Cryptocurrencies, inspired by Bitcoin and based on the blockchain principle, have been very much in the media spotlight. They have a variety of potential uses: several trials have shown that they could be used to optimize the distribution of decentralized electrical energy and facilitating the sale and purchase of energy generated by consumers.
As Europe takes action to combat climate change, the contribution made by coal to European power generation continues to fall. A recent survey published by the WindEurope non-profit industry association confirms this trend, and indicates that wind power capacity has now overtaken the installed capacity of coal-fired plants in Europe.
ENGIE is supporting the energy and technology revolution in companies and regions. The Group has just introduced two enormous networks for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Belgium and Singapore. Their purpose is simple: to let smart objects communicate reliably, at low cost and without excessive energy usage. It's yet another illustration of how the digital transformation is now underway throughout ENGIE core businesses.