Population growth, urbanization, economic and industrial development … In a context of growing energy needs and dwindling natural resources involving increasing production costs, GDF SUEZ has a policy of growth underlying its sustainable strategy.
Environmental issues at the heart of GDF SUEZ strategy
In a world in which energy and the environment are at the heart of vital challenges that go far beyond economic and industrial ones alone, sustainable development is at the core of the GDF SUEZ strategy. The Group is committed to responsible growth with the following major goals:
- Meeting energy needs,
- Ensuring a secure energy supply,
- Combating climate changes,
- Improving the use of resources.
To meet these challenges, GDF SUEZ has an ambitious investment plan of 7-8 billion euros net per year for the period 2013-2015.
Energy diversity: a major asset
GDF SUEZ has an efficient energy mix combined with a portfolio of natural gas supplies that ranks among the most diversified in the world. This enables it to make the most of the convergence between natural gas and electricity and to spread out the risks related to energy supplies. The Group relies particularly on nuclear energy – available, efficient and with low CO2 emissions – and on natural gas, the least polluting fossil energy. At the same time, GDF SUEZ concentrates its efforts on developing renewable energy sources, giving priority to more efficient and lower CO2-emitting solutions:
- wind power,
- solar power,
These types of energy preserve natural resources and contribute to the security of supply and energy independence while providing a certain degree of price stability. All these assets will enable the Group to meet the major challenges of the 21st century and help it to increase the its electricity capacities by 60 percent, raising them to 150 GW by 2016 (including 90 GW outside Europe)
GDF SUEZ Group energy mix key figures:
- 1st independent power producer in the world
- 1st producer of non-nuclear power in the world
- 1st independent producer in Persian Gulf countries and Brazil
- 117 GW of installed power-production capacity
- 7.2 GW of capacity under construction
- 50% increase in renewable energy capacity between 2009 and 2015
- A goal of 150 GW of capacity in 2016, including 90 GW outside Europe