ENGIE at World Impact Summit

By ENGIE - 30 November 2021 - 13:46

An international event scheduled for 2 & 3 December 2021 in Bordeaux


The two-day event will feature inspiring contributions, technical workshops, and debates on four key topics: the circular economy, objective net zero, nature and biodiversity and the recovery plan through support for the transition across the regions. The theme linking all these topics will be the major 2021 cause: water.

The Solutions Village will also be back this year and will feature more than 300 environmental solutions from all business sectors. These will be on show live at the Palais de la Bourse, as well as virtually. The summit will also include several professional events and the Grand Concours des Solutions (Major Solutions Competition).

Some 5000 professionals, representatives from start-ups, small and medium-sized companies, major groups, investors, and public players will attend the event, collectively taking action for the planet. They will include 300 solutions and exhibitors, 150 speakers and 80 journalists from a total of 30 different countries.

The purpose of World Impact Summit is to shore up ENGIE's position as a major player in the energy transition and to organise meetings with influential, inspiring, and innovative players so as to create new business models. 

ENGIE will be sponsoring the morning topic – "net zero" – in which Claire Waysand will be involved.

The Group is also on the panel of the Concours des Solutions.

The morning topic

ENGIE is sponsoring the morning session on 2 December which will focus on achieving net zero

Round-table discussion programme:

  • How to accelerate the decarbonisation of our economy? 
  • Adapting our societies to the effects of climate change: What are the direct consequences? 
  • CSR, accreditations, brand purpose etc. Has engagement become an essential pre-requisite for competitiveness? 
  • Ocean & Climate: What opportunities does the blue economy offer in adapting to and mitigating climate change?
  • What future for the mobility of people? 


The ENGIE round-table discussion:

How to accelerate the decarbonisation of our economy ? (with the participation of Claire Waysand, and of two of our clients and partners: Orange and Michelin)

Thursday 2 December, 9:40 AM to 10:45 AM


  • Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region 
  • Pierre Larrouturou, MEP, rapporteur on the European Union's budget 
  • Claire Waysand, Executive Vice President in charge of the General Secretariat, Strategy, Research & Innovation and Communication, ENGIE Group 
  • Sophie Paturle, Managing partner of the capital investment firm Demeter Partners 
  • Marc Blanchet, CTO of Orange France and member of the Executive Committee 
  • Olivier Selosse, Head of energy performance, Michelin Group

The Solutions Competition

Start-ups and ENGIE partners had to submit applications via the WIS platform before 20 October

Selection is based on five criteria: The solution's positive impact; its innovative nature; how robust its business model is and the relevance of the target market; how the project is structured; the team's experience.

Nine finalists will be selected before 2 & 3 December.

ENGIE will be on the finalists panel on 2 and 3 December: Csilla Monfils, Innovation department, will be representing ENGIE alongside four other experts in the environmental transition who will choose the winners from among the nine finalists.

Three prizes awarded: 

  • the Start Impact prize (for high-impact start-ups); 
  • the Impact Up prize (for small and medium-sized companies engaged in the environmental transition);  
  • the special Major Cause prize (special water prizes this year, for organisations developing innovative solutions for preserving the planet's water – SDGs 6 and 14).

The commitments wall

ENGIE is on the commitments wall: Five concrete commitments with results next to the WIS entrance



With the aim to achieve net zero by 2045,

ENGIE is acting throughout the value chain: our activities, our suppliers and our clients,
By contributing to 45 Mt of CO2 emissions avoided per year by 2030 for our customers.



To accelerate the energy transition,

ENGIE is developing renewable energies, biogas and green hydrogen
In Nouvelle Aquitaine, we produce the equivalent of the annual consumption of nearly 350,000 people.



1st developer of renewable energies in France, 

ENGIE is committed to design increasingly sustainable solutions,
25% of the time spent on developing its wind and solar projects goes to biodiversity.



ENGIE contribute to the energy and ecological transition

All of the solar farms in the US are dedicated to pollinators
15% of the budget spent on developing solar and wind farms in France goes to biodiversity. 



Thanks to the educational "I'm learning about energy" programme and the commitment of its ambassador employees, 

ENGIE is acting in the field of educational responsibility, 
Teaching nearly 10,000 young people every year about energy issues.


The ENGIE stand

ENGIE will be at the Solutions Village with a 24m² stand:

  • Stage net zero stand: immersive virtual reality experience of a wind turbine / solar farm / hydropower dam with the France Renewables BU and ENGIE Green, CO2 killer / business changemakers / people of the world quiz with the "I'm learning about energy" Sustainability Academy.