Energy Transition: GDF SUEZ anticipates and adapts to the needs of the territories
At the hearing before the National Energy Transition Council, held on Thursday, May 2, Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ, emphasized the importance of the debate on French energy policy, which will enable adaptation to a “definitive” new European energy model.
For GDF SUEZ, the traditional energy scenario has been turned upside down by four key factors, the “4 D’s”:
- market deregulation;
- the rise of so-called “distributed” or “decentralized” energies (small, dispersed production units rather than large plants);
- “digitalization”, through the development of computerized communication or electricity storage technologies;
- the “decline” of energy demand in Europe.
In this context, the transformation of the energy sector is experiencing accelerated development in new energies and in services aimed at improving and reducing energy consumption. During the hearing, Gérard Mestrallet made two specific proposals with regard to energy transition:
- The “energy renovation passport” for residential energy auditing, the proposal of solutions and the financing of insulation work. The objective is to act efficiently and renovate 500,000 homes a year.
- The development of biogas recovered in the form of heat or electricity and injected as biomethane into the natural gas network or potentially used as “biomethane fuel”. The objective is to develop the biomethane business lines in France and achieve 5% green gas by 2020 and 20% by 2030.
“GDF SUEZ does not seek to cling to the old world, but rather to support and anticipate development”