On Tuesday, November 10, ENGIE Chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet and Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer Isabelle Kocher welcomed Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, at ENGIE Group headquarters in Paris La Défense for the launch of internal discussions concerning “Climate & Energy.”
Under the discussions, ENGIE employees will express their views on key points to be taken up at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) climate talk event to be held in Paris in just 20 days. The discussions will allow employees to develop informed opinions and weigh in on topics affecting the very future of our planet.
These discussions are based on the original methodology of the “World Wide Views on Climate & Energy” event, a global citizen consultation held in June 2015 involving thousands of people on five different continents.
Ségolène Royal has declared that “the voices of civil society are at the heart of the Paris Climate Conference on global climate to open in 20 days. Solutions against climate change are finally being considered opportunities: energy saving, waste repurposing, renewable energy and clean transportation. Businesses, citizens and regions, together, we will reconcile the economy with the ecology. I salute the audacity and visionary drive that ENGIE’s top management have shown and encourage their employees to take part”.
In his opening remarks, Gérard Mestrallet stated: “We are proud to welcome Ms. Royal to launch with us these crucial debates concerning climate and energy. We firmly believe that COP21 will only be successful if we all do our part. Involving all 150,000 Group employees in discussions concerning the world energy transition was an obvious step for ENGIE because this issue is at the very heart of our businesses. We are anxious to hear what our employees have to say over the next ten days. It will be my pleasure to share their contributions at the COP21 climate talks.”
In order to further demonstrate ENGIE’s commitment to combatting climate change, the Group has also decided to publish the reports required of it under the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act one year in advance. The reports will concern the financial risks associated with climate change for ENGIE, the impact on society and the environment, and measures taken to reduce CO2 emissions.
Ségolène Royal and Gérard Mestrallet also signed an agreement for the development of an “energy renovation passport.”
The energy renovation passport is an innovative mechanism designed to encourage households to renovate their homes to improve energy performance. The program targets high-energy-consuming homes. The passport consists of an in-depth energy audit accompanied by recommendations for renovations to increase energy efficiency, including cost estimates, expected savings, and possibilities for financial assistance. Households are expected to save a minimum of 35% on their energy bills
This new agreement represents an expansion of the experimental efforts launched in January 2015 in the Communauté Urbaine d’Arras with the support of Ademe (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency).
A thousand passports are expected to be signed by the end of 2017. The program is perfectly aligned with the objectives of the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, which aims for the renovation of 500,000 homes annually beginning in 2017.
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, security of supply and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 152,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €74.7 billion in 2014. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).