Our role as a leader in the zero-carbon transition is to show that this necessary transformation creates value and that it can combine performance and the common good. Three years ago, the Group put the energy transition at the heart of its strategy. We have reviewed our portfolio of businesses, halved our CO2 emissions between 2012 and 2018 and returned to growth.
We have now entered the second wave of the energy transition, driven by companies and local authorities, and our ambition is to become the world leader in zero-carbon transition.
At ENGIE, we are convinced that “the common good is good for business”. Our role as a leader in the zero-carbon transition is to show that this necessary transformation creates value and that it can combine performance and the common good. To live up to this ambition, we rely on the commitment of the Imaginative Builders community, formed by the Group's employees and all those who work with ENGIE (cities, startups, suppliers, NGOs, students, customers, etc.).
This is why ENGIE is offering its customers a new approach to support their progress towards the challenge of a zero-carbon transition. Unique on the market, our “as a service” approach aims to make the zero-carbon transition accessible through integrated, tailor-made and co-financed solutions. This challenge corresponds well to the values of ENGIE, which has chosen to meet society’s expectations through harmonious progress.
What do we mean by harmonious progress? We can produce without damaging our environment, adopt new ways of consuming by drastically reducing carbon emissions, and live well while having a positive impact on the environment, health, and well-being.
As part of a new strategic plan presented in February 2019, the Group made significant commitments that will make a positive impact:
We consider our activity beyond our lines of business. Making a positive impact means:
ENGIE contributes to the economic and social regeneration of the territories through joint investments aimed at improving the quality of life, developing employment and making the regions more attractive.
ENGIE is the leader in the zero-carbon transition and a major player in renewable energies in France. Since 2015, the Group has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 56%, multiplied its solar energy production capacity sixfold and increased its wind energy production capacity by 20%.
ENGIE allows its customers to consume better to consume less. Through its turnkey solutions, its experts and its support for low-income households, ENGIE promotes access to renewable energies for as many people as possible and helps provide them with high energy efficiency equipment.
By the end of 2019, more than 12,400 new heating installations had been fitted in the homes and premises of ENGIE customers, saving up to 20% in energy costs.
We have invested €25 million through the ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies solidarity fund.
We are investing in innovation: €182 million in research and development and €166 million in innovative start-ups.
For ENGIE, work-study programs are a way of achieving excellence in terms of access to employment. In 2018, ENGIE had 4,000 work-study employees in France, and plans to introduce 3,000 new work-study contracts by the end of 2019. The Group aims to reach the threshold of 10% of employees on work-study contracts by 2021, more than half of which will be converted into permanent contracts or fixed-term contracts.