ENGIE takes action to make our planet greener
In the run-up to the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this year, ENGIE is working alongside Comité 21 and Club France Développement Durable to bring forward practical solutions to combat climate change and its effects. These innovative processes, services and products form part of the Solutions COP21 action program.
Upgrading the energy performance of your home means making it more energy efficient and saving energy as a result. As part of encouraging consumers to do the necessary work, the Banque Solfea/ENGIE partnership has designed a series of extremely low interest rate loans to offer the funding required to carry out the energy, eco-efficiency and home comfort improvements they would like to make to their homes.
Smart Grids are smart power grids which optimize energy management. In Toulouse, a 1.5 hectare business park is successfully experimenting with a new way of pooling power grids using the “Smart Grid Experience” run by Cofely Ineo, an ENGIE subsidiary. This smart energy management system has sensors to measure electricity supply and demand at various points in the network in real time, allowing production to be matched to consumption.
All-electric and hybrid vehicles offer ecological as well as economic advantages. With its CarPlug, Electrabel – ENGIE’s subsidiary in Belgium – is offering a recharging solution to owners of electric and hybrid vehicles, whatever their model. This smart sustainable mobility solution includes the installation of a dedicated line, a secure connector socket as well as tools for remote monitoring and control of recharging.
ENGIE is committed to producing low-carbon energy and for several years has been developing the production of gas – biomethane, also called “green gas” – from organic animal and plant matter. By 2020, the Group hopes to create a new industrial sector producing second-generation (2G) biomethane: a synthetic gas obtained after gasification of woody biomass (wood or straw). To achieve this, the “GAYA” research and development platform will allow high-yield production of 2G biomethane, while confirming the project’s technical and economic choices.
A 100% biofuel produced from organic waste, biomethane fuel offers is a renewable energy that not only recovers energy from biowaste, but also reduces CO2, fine particulate and nitrogen emissions. ENGIE subsidiary GNVERT offers this eco-friendly fuel to companies and regional authorities keen to reduce their environmental impact. In addition to a very positive energy balance and a financial saving, this solution also reduces noise pollution to below 65 dB.
Fuel cells use a chemical reaction to convert gas to electricity in the home using a totally silent process that emits no pollutants. Their electrical energy conversion efficiency averages between 35% and 40%, although the most efficient cells can achieve 60%. This innovative natural gas solution makes it possible to become self-sufficient in generating electricity and heat for space heating and water heating. ENGIE is a partner in the Ene.field project launched in 2012 with the aim of installing 1,000 eco-generators of this type in 12 Europe countries between now and 2017 (around 40 will be installed by ENGIE in France) to evaluate their performance.