Carbon neutrality: why and how?
To achieve carbon neutrality, it is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2).
In February 2020, the EDF Group accepted the commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and joined the "Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees: our only future" initiative, which currently includes over 300 companies committed to reaching CO2 neutrality by 2050 to help limit the world temperature increase to 1.5°C compared with the pre-industrial era.
Here at Dalkia, we contribute to the fight against climate change and support our customers with the energy transition. How?
Developing low-carbon solutions for our customers means less CO2
The EDF Group wants to increase the share of electricity in the energy consumed to replace more CO2-emitting energies. We therefore support our "gas customers" in their efforts to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency through the French energy performance contracts (EPCs) and alternative energies when these are available (electricity, heat pumps, green gas and renewable energies, etc.).
For example, Thales Alenia Space signed an energy performance contract for its site in Cannes, France, which represents 45% savings on energy used for hot water and 980 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided each year.
The Desc (Dalkia Energy Savings Center), created by Dalkia in 2013, also enables optimal management of the energy performance of Dalkia customer sites. The Desc center fits perfectly into the smart city concept by offering smart energy management among all stakeholders.
In addition, we support the development of the biogas industry through our subsidiary Dalkia Biogaz and the deployment of digital solutions.
Focusing on renewable energies (RE&R)!
The development of renewable and recoverable energies is a core feature of Dalkia solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the regions, industry and the construction sector.
We are developing biomass, geothermal and sea water air conditioning solutions and re-use recoverable energies such as household waste, free heat from data centers or industry, etc.
We aim to achieve 65% of renewable and recoverable energies in the energy mix for our main heat networks in France by 2026.
On a global scale, fossil fuels such as oil and coal are still widely used. In France, we are committed to eliminating their use, in line with the principles of the French Multi-Year Energy Plan.
Reducting direct CO2 emissions
Reducing CO2 emissions begins with our own practices; we are committed to controlling the energy consumption of our facilities and those of our subsidiaries. We promote eco-gestures and we affirm a digital sobriety approach.
In addition, in line with the EDF Group's objective, we are going to electrify 100% of our fleet of light vehicles by 2030.
More generally, we have implemented sustainable practices to raise awareness among our employees and stakeholders about reducing CO2 emissions: green mobility, climate collage ("Fresque du climat") workshops that explain climate change, etc.