Carbon neutrality: why and how?
To achieve carbon neutrality, it is necessary to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2).
In line with the EDF Group's commitments, we want to be carbon neutral by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial period, as set out in the Paris Agreements. Our low-carbon trajectory is certified by Science Based Targets indicators, which precisely measure the results of our efforts.
At Dalkia, we are convinced that we can be an expert in energy services by using low-carbon energies, encouraging energy sobriety and developing responsible practices among our employees and stakeholders.
Developing low-carbon solutions
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 recently 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)!
In 2020, our share of renewable and recovered energy in our energy mix was 41.3%. This is already a significant proportion!
In 2022, our ambition is to increase this rate to 50% by developing the use of biomass, but also through the recovery of waste heat, geothermal and thalassothermal energy.
On a global scale, fossil fuels such as oil and coal are still widely used. In France, we are committed to completely eliminating their use, in line with the principles of the French Multi-Year Energy Plan.
Some sustainable internal practices
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 by aiming for the Sustainable IT label.
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: soft mobility, climate collage ("Fresque du climat") workshops that explain climate change, eco-grazing, photovoltaic panels on our buildings, etc.