With Efficacity, IDEEL and INEF4, GDF SUEZ is a member of three of the Energy Transition Institutes accredited under the French ‘Investissements d’Avenir’ (Investing in the Future) scheme.
On Tuesday, October 29 this year, the Efficacity and INEF4 (Innovation and Excellence to the Power of 4) institutes, of which the Group is a member via its Research & Innovation Department and its subsidiary company COFELY, were officially launched at the Commissariat Général à l’Investissement chaired by Louis Gallois. Philippe Martin, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, gave the closing speech of the event.
Efficacity - which GDF SUEZ and COFELY helped to set up - focuses on sustainable cities, with special emphasis on urban energy efficiency. Its aim is to develop the tools and systems that will reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of cities by 20% between now and 2020. Efficacity will be based in the Cité Descartes at Marne-la-Vallée near Paris, a center of excellence for science, technology and eco-technology.
INEF4 has been set up to structure, manage and share green construction innovations that reduce global warming. Given the national targets set for urban regeneration, the challenge is to incorporate these innovations into at least 500,000 homes by 2020, and to build more than 6 million new homes incorporating significant technological advances between 2020 and 2050.
GDF SUEZ is a key player in the energy transition. As such, the Group chairs the Lyon-based IDEEL (Institute for the Development of Eco-Technologies and Carbon-Free Energy), with support from its other founder members: Arkema, the PEP Technical Center of Plastics Engineering, Solvay, SUEZ Environnement, the CNRS, IFP Energies Nouvelles and the University of Lyon. Its ambition is to develop tomorrow’s processes for the energy, chemicals and environmental services industries.