ENGIE is a significant emitter of greenhouse gases, fully aware of the responsibility it bears in the fight against climate change. The Group publishes each year the direct emissions that it generates (called scope 1) and its indirect emissions, e.g. those generated downstream by its customers and upstream by its suppliers (known as scope 2 or 3).
In 2017, ENGIE's equivalent CO2 direct emissions amounted to 89 million tons, a sharp 26% reduction compared to 2016 (and a 36% reduction compared to 2012, the base year of its target).
ENGIE's indirect equivalent CO2 emissions amounted to 193 million tons, of which 70% are emissions generated by the combustion of gas sold to its customers, emissions down almost 5% compared to 2016.
The remaining 30% of indirect emissions are due to other items:
- 28 million tons for direct emissions from companies accounted for under the equity method (scope 3)
- 12.5 million tons for emissions from the upstream fuel chain (scope 3)
- 9.8 million tons for emissions related to the purchase of goods and services (scope 3)
- 3.6 million tons for indirect emissions related to fuel consumed (scope 2)
- 3.3 million tons for CAPEX-related issues (scope 3)
ENGIE has been one of the pioneers in terms of transparency on its GHG emissions, by anticipating the requirements of Art 173 of the French law for the energy transition and the green economy via the publication in 2015 of the main categories of indirect scope 3 emissions.
The ratio of direct GHG emissions to energy produced reached 363 kg of CO2 equivalent per MWh at the end of 2017, a decrease of -18.1% compared to 2012, bringing the Group significantly closer to its reduction target of - 20% to 2020.
In addition to its efforts to reduce its own emissions, ENGIE actively helps its customers to minimize their consumption and thus their emissions by offering them new service offerings that will contribute to the free carbon economy.