In Polaniec (Poland), GDF SUEZ opened its Green Unit biomass unit, the world’s largest electric power producing unit fed entirely with biomass (by-products from tree farms and agriculture). The plant bears witness to the Group’s determination to develop renewable energies in Poland and throughout Europe.
Cofely Italy, a GDF SUEZ subsidiary, has taken over energy management for 557 municipal buildings in Milan. Cofely Italy’s expertise will enable the City to reduce its energy bills by 42% and its CO2 emissions by 5,500 tons over seven years.
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA and GDF SUEZ, via its subsidiary Cofely Deutschland GmbH, have signed a two-and-a-half year extension to the agreement for the management of its technical facilities and head office buildings in Dusseldorf. Protection of the environment and effective cost management are the watchwords for this cooperation.
After Fréjus, the GDF SUEZ Energy France Kite Tour 2013 made a stop at Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, from May 17-20 at Festikite, the Mediterranean festival that attracts France’s best kitesurfers. This second stage of the Kite Tour 2013 also gave amateurs the chance to pit themselves against champions in the discipline, including against Nicolas Caillou – winner of the 2012 Tour – and ambassadors of the GDF SUEZ Energy France Kite Tour.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered the Jirau Hydropower Plant on May 17, 2013 under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
On May 10, the team of rowers from Electricité de Tahiti (EDT), a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, won the Vendée Va’a canoe race at Les Sables d'Olonne. From May 23-25, they will defend their title at the benchmark race in the discipline, the Tahiti Nui Va'a.
In their first ocean race as a team, Sébastien Rogues and his crew members claimed their second victory in eight days aboard the GDF SUEZ Class 40.
Sébastien Rogues, skipper of the GDF SUEZ Class 40, and his crew won the race in the Class 40 category. A veritable ode to sailing, this first crew race of the season allowed Sébastien and his team to make final adjustments to the monohull’s settings and thus refine their knowledge of the boat.
After Oran, it was up to Houston, the global energy capital, to host the 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), organised by the International Gas Union from 16 to 19 April 2013. While in Houston, the entire global gas industry discussed the development outlook for LNG, a sector that is enjoying remarkable growth. For GDF SUEZ, and especially for the LNG BU, this trade show was an opportunity to strengthen its ties with the leading market operators.
Cofely Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, specialist in environmentally friendly, energy-efficient services, and consulting firm akquinet were co-winners of the ‘Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis 2013,’ a German data center award.