Simon, CEO of ENGIE Cofely District Energy

In Birmingham, solutions developed by Simon have already led to a reduction of 50,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Thanks to its cogeneration system, ENGIE Cofely supplies a number of buildings in Birmingham with low-carbon heating, while also supplying power and cold water. Simon, who is passionate about mechanics, describes his cogeneration system as follows: “It’s a big car engine. Instead of petrol, our engine runs on natural gas. It produces 1.6 MW of electricity and the same amount again in recovered heat.”

These results are of interest to many other cities in Europe, including Manheim in Germany and Eindhoven in the Netherlands, which also want to achieve energy savings.

While he is proud to have received the Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, this family man, who wants to preserve the environment for future generations, is mainly concerned about the inhabitants who benefit from his solutions: “It is energy produced by people, for people.”