To limit its greenhouse gas emissions, ENGIE develops a diversified energy mix that promotes renewable energies and designs energy efficiency solutions intended for its own facilities and its customers.
Diversified energy mix
With a renewable energies production capacity of 16,838 MW at the end of 2012, ENGIE is one of the leaders in this field, which includes hydroelectricity, biomass, biogas, wind and solar. These zero-carbon resources play an essential role in the energy and environmental transition.
The Group undertakes a variety of actions on various levels: optimizing the energy consumption of its activities and facilities, encouraging its customers to streamline their energy consumption, promoting high-performance energy services, and investing in the solutions of tomorrow, such as smart grids.
Identifying energy efficiency opportunities at electricity plants
Laborelec has developed a methodology for performing energy efficiency “check-ups” tailored to coal power plants. In September 2012, the methodology was applied for the first time at the Gelderland plant in the Netherlands. The check-ups focus on different issues such as the use of continuously variable transmission, waste heat recovery systems, actions to stop leakage in the air preheater, modifying steam turbine valves, etc. The methodology also analyzes energy efficiency opportunities identified by Laborelec’s research projects, which recently focused on brush seals and turbine bypass. In 2013, the methodology will be extended to natural gas plants in order to improve energy efficiency and limit greenhouse gas emissions at ENGIE power plants.
ENGIE’s CO2 emissions in Europe: according to a 2011 PriceWaterhouseCoopers study on specific CO2 emissions produced by energy companies in Europe, ENGIE has performed below the European emissions average for the past several years.
ENGIE takes an active role in the energy transition debate that began in France in November 2012. The world’s leading supplier of energy and environmental solutions, the Group offers its industry experience and technical skills to the debate and stresses the priority of energy efficiency. ENGIE views energy efficiency as an issue of central importance and works to integrate it into every aspect of its activities. In France, 40,000 employees are dedicated to energy efficiency, offering high-performance technical solutions for housing, the service sector and industry.
ENGIE improves its score in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) by five points. The CDP is an international organization that represents a group of 475 major investors. Every year, it publishes a report on the climate change efforts undertaken by the world’s 500 largest companies in terms of market capitalization. To compile the report, the CDP sends out a questionnaire to the companies and rates the answers by transparency and performance in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011 and again in 2012, ENGIE received a disclosure score of 92/100 and a B rating for performance.
As of the end of 2012, ENGIE’s renewable energies production capacity is 16,838 MW. The Group is the leading private producer of hydro power (11,868 MW) in France and Brazil, where it continues to develop large-scale projects. ENGIE has also developed a production capacity of 1,093 MW in biomass and biogas in Europe—where it is a sector leader with two world-class facilities (one at 180 MW, with another under construction at 190 MW)—and also in the United States and South America. Wind constitutes another priority growth driver, with a capacity of 3,788 MW. ENGIE is also a major player in solar power, where it produces energy for its customers and for its own activities. In 2012, the French government allocated several projects to the Group for building power stations that will offer a combined capacity of 80 MW.