Gwenaelle Avice-Huet

Article published on LinkedIn by Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, Executive Vice-President of ENGIE and CEO of ENGIE North America, June 6, 2019

Last week, with my fellow “Young Global Leaders”, I went to Greenland to contribute to raising awareness concerning global warming and to define together what we can do to tackle this crucial issue for the globe. First thing, of course, was to limit and compensate our carbon footprint. One week later, I realize that this trip meant much more to me than I had ever imagined despite my deep-routed knowledge concerning this issue.

I knew I would see these massive chunks of ice melting and breaking off from the world’s biggest glacier, yet seeing them before my very eyes had a greater impact. I met scientists, whose voice remains unheard and people whose land has deeply changed in less than 10 years.

We all came back home speechless, stunned by this experience.

We deeply wanted to launch a call for action, starting with ourselves. We all know that climate warming is an undeniable reality. We know that States, companies and even citizens have both a responsibility in this change.

More than ever, we see the emergency and we know that all of us, at every level, can do something. As individuals, we can change and must change our habits. As citizen, we can raise our voice for the planet.

As professionals, wherever we work, we can make decisions that limit or reduce the impact of our business on the environment.

It is still time to act. In fact, it is crucial that we do so now! Even if global warming is unstoppable, we can limit it and its effects on the major ecosystems of our planet. On top of that, I am more than ever deeply convinced that fighting for our environment is the most inspiring and necessary challenge ever, as we fight for a common good. This is my journey as ENGIE Vice-President in charge of renewable energies and CEO of ENGIE North America.