Renewable energies, a key issue

Since an increase in electricity production must not jeopardise the environmental equilibrium, GDF SUEZ is focusing on developing new infrastructures and favours the solutions that are most efficient and produce the lowest CO2 emissions. To date, 22% of the Group’s power capacity comes from renewable resources. Hydropower is of course the main energy source to be exploited, but wind power, solar power, biomass and biogas occupy a growing position in the energy mix.

Hydropower

Hydraulic energy produces electricity by using the moving power of waterways. It accounts for nearly 90% of the world’s electricity produced from renewable sources, and constitutes 14% of the installed capacity of GDF SUEZ.

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Wind power

Aware of the benefits of wind power, GDF SUEZ has been stepping up its production for several years. No.1 in France, the Group is involved in major projects in Europe and across the world and is banking on the sharp growth of this inexhaustible, totally green energy.

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Solar energy

Every year, solar energy would be able to produce more than 20 times the world’s energy needs. Yet, it only accounts for 1% of global electric production capacity. GDF SUEZ plans to take all possible steps to develop its share in this clean, renewable energy, incorporating it increasingly into its energy mix.

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Biomass

While wood may be the biomass resource that has been used the longest to produce energy, it is far from being the only solid and ligneous biomass that can be converted into energy. For more than 10 years now, European leader GDF SUEZ has been developing a unique expertise to improve combustion and make use of other resources.

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Geothermal

Still a low-profile technology at present, geothermal is defined as a renewable, local and eco-friendly source of energy that is simultaneously efficient and economical. It shows considerable potential for heat and power generation.

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Significant nuclear and traditional thermal power capabilities

GDF SUEZ’s electricity production assets are some of the most diversified in the world. To meet ever increasing energy needs, GDF SUEZ is constantly increasing its electricity generation capacity by pursuing an active policy of industrial investments in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

 

Nuclear energy

GDF SUEZ reaffirms its strategic decision to promote a diversified, balanced and carbon-free energy mix. The Group promotes a low CO2 emission energy production and nuclear energy plays a key role in this strategy.

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Coal

Coal is a fossil energy resource used as a combustion fuel for producing electricity in thermal power plants. GDF SUEZ is modernising the use of this energy resource to improve both yield and carbon efficiency.

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Fuel oil

Fuel oil is a fossil fuel derived from oil refining. Aside from domestic fuel which is used in transportation and household heating, heavy fuel oil (also called HFO) is used to meet the needs of electricity production, manufacturing and ship engines. GDF SUEZ is developing new uses for fuel oil, either on its own or in conjunction with other fuels.

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GDF SUEZ’s electricity production around the world

  • 1st independent electricity producer in the world
  • 4th largest electricity producer in Europe
  • 1st electricity producer in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • 2nd largest electricity producer in France
  • 1st independent electricity producer in Brazil and largest independent IPP in Thailand, 2nd in Peru and Panama
  • 1st independent energy developer in terms of installed capacity in the Persian Gulf region

The Group also plays a prominent role in central Europe (Poland, Hungary, etc.), Latin America (Peru, Panama and Chile), Asia (China, Pakistan and Singapore), the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Australia.