Because the environment is inseparable from its businesses, GDF SUEZ has chosen to include respect for the environment among its essential shared values to sustainably improve the quality of life.
For GDF SUEZ employees, it is not only a question of having the most effective techniques and best know-how available to customers; it is also a commitment to the environment.
The guidelines from the Copenhagen conference in 2009 show that the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will remain a major concern for the international community in the coming years. This confirms the fundamental role that low CO2 emission energy production will play.
In the fight against climate change, GDF SUEZ offers the following corporate programmes in particular:
CO2 capture and storage
CCS is a strategic area for the Group. Second-generation coal plants are designed to be carbon-capture ready and already comply with CO2 emission laws. GDF SUEZ has all the required CCS skills: capture, transport (pipelines) storage and geoscience.
Renewable energy is one of the major growth vectors for the Group. This programme coordinates the research and development activities for each technology, photovoltaic solar, concentrated solar thermal, wind, biomass etc.
Metering and intelligent networks
Remote metering of consumption, remote monitoring of information, development of new services, active demand management, distributed production aggregation etc. “Intelligent network” technology helps to develop new services, notably in energy efficiency and load management.
City of tomorrow
Energy efficient construction, management of public transportation and lighting, urban heating and climate control networks, renewable energy, waste collection and energy recovery from waste, drinking water distribution, and sanitation: these are the numerous challenges for a sustainable city. The Group harnesses a number of technologies deployed in the eco-city projects of the future.