ENGIE’s commitments in Africa
Environmental and Social responsibility
In Africa, ENGIE aims to be a responsible, efficient and successful actor, recognized as such by its stakeholders throughout the world.
We strive for a balanced strategy to create value for our stakeholders, whilst managing and enhancing the lives of the people working at or living around our operations and to preserve the environment.
- Identifying growth opportunities
Sustainable business aims to identify and transform environmental and societal problems into development opportunities that benefit all people and limit the consumption of natural resources.
- Limiting impact
Managing non-financial risk is the second key in our sustainability strategy, which treats issues such as the environment protection, the local and international acceptability of our activities, health and safety, human resources management and ethics.
- Value creation and sustainability
Through the dual effort of developing these business opportunities and optimizing non-financial risk management, ENGIE creates value not only for its shareholders, but also for the entire community of its stakeholders.
- Non-financial objectives
To implement this strategy, ENGIE outlined its environmental and societal responsibility policy (<link> http://www.engie.com/en/analysts/policy/)
It is built on 3 orientations which are :
- Contributing to/Ensuring the development of efficient energy solutions enabling the customers to reach their own sustainability objectives
- Contributing to/Ensuring the responsible business conduct
- Contributing to/Ensuring the development of responsible relationships with stakeholders in order to create shared value
To stimulate its efforts in this area, the Group has set an ambitious set of non-financial objectives (<link>http://www.engie.com/en/analysts/performance/), including quantified targets and specific deadlines. The results recorded so far serve to substantiate ENGIE’s commitment, as well as the relevance of the actions it has undertaken.
- Accompanying Africa in its overall growth
Nearly 1.3 billion people (18% of the world’s population) still do not have access to electricity and nearly 2.7 billion people (40% of the world’s population) do not have access to clean and secure cooking systems. The United Nations has designated the period 2014-2024 as the International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.
For the population groups in question, mainly in Africa and South Asia, this is not some insignificant detail, but a key factor governing everything else: access to healthcare, education, economic development, etc.
In the countries concerned, a pragmatic approach will make it possible to find funding and design an energy mix that takes account of local situations and resources. This is something that will be handled differently near a large urban area compared to rural areas where there is no energy infrastructure (off-grid).
Solutions now exist that enable access to energy that is clean and affordable (specifically thanks to the falling cost of renewable energy technologies) while guaranteeing large-scale security of energy supply for countries.
ENGIE has extensive experience : we are prepared to share in well-structured and balanced partnerships that respect everyone’s obligations. Certain NGOs well known for their expertise (GERES, CARE, GRET) have also been approached with a view to discussing new forms of NGO partnership – companies focusing on universal and sustainable access to energy services.
ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies in Africa
ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is ENGIE’s Corporate impact investment fund that invests in sustainable energy access enterprises serving populations living in precarious conditions. The fund aims to invest in economically viable projects sponsored by committed innovative entrepreneurs.
Projects supported by ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies in Africa
The African companies that Rassembleurs d’Energies supports aim to deliver an access to energy service to non-connected population groups providing solutions such as clean cook stoves, biomass and biogas solutions, solar home systems, micro grids ….
- Investment in Simgas in Tanzania and Kenya
ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies invested in Simgas in Tanzania and Kenya. Simgas provides small rural farms with modular and sustainable biodigesters that produce natural gas for use in cooking and fertiliser. These systems are used to eliminate toxic emanations and improve crop output, leading to additional income. They also replace wood as a fuel, thus helping to combat deforestation. The biodigesters are produced and distributed by the local communities and can be installed in a few hours.
- Investment in PEG Africa
Over 60% of the rural population of Ghana has no access to electricity. Established in 2014, PEG Africa offers electricity access service to non-connected populations via solar home systems that can provide lighting, recharge mobile phones and run small electrical equipment (radios, televisions…). It uses the Pay as You Go technology and has to date served over 160 000 people in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Rassembleurs d’Energies decided to support their growth by investing in the company from its first financing round.
- Investment in Ausar Energy
Launched in 2015,thanks to the combined investments of ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies, Cofely Ineo and Adetel, Ausar Energy designs and sells turnkey renewable power generation plants with storage capacity providing energy autonomy for isolated sites. It also delivers custom-tailored financing solutions to go with the power plant-storage unit offering.
Ausar Energy is focused particularly on Morocco, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. The combination of storage and solar power generation offer autonomous systems that are perfectly adapted to African markets and abroad, providing access to energy through electrification..
- Investment in BBOXX
With an operating presence in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, BBOXX also works through franchises in 10 African countries where it has brought lighting into the lives of 700,000 people since 2010. The company distributes personal solar systems with a range of different power ratings, including one rated at 50 watts, which includes a set of lamps, a cellphone charger and a TV via a Pay As You Go payment scheme based on a monitoring system built around big data technology.
- Investment in Green Bio Energy
With some 2.7 billion people worldwide without safe, hygienic cooking systems, the dissemination of improved cookstoves will help reduce households’ fuel consumption and decrease air pollution in homes. ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies has taken a minority stake in Green Bio Energy, a company active in Uganda where it produces improved cookstoves and charcoal briquettes reconstituted from waste materials. Disadvantaged communities manufacture the briquettes as part of a green circular economy model, utilizing wood charcoal dust and burnt banana peels. By making use of recovered waste, Green Bio Energy replaces traditional fuels such as wood, thereby effectively countering deforestation while providing customers an alternative that is custom-tailored to local cooking practices. The company also produces locally improved cookstoves, thereby maximizing its effectiveness with users.
- Investment in CDS in Northern Mauritania
CDS is a mini utility committed to providing access to water and electricity services for all, and especially in the rural and isolated zones of Northern Mauritania. RDE has participated in 1 round of financing and holds 14%. The company serves 10,000 people with water and electiricity in rural areas.
- Through the ENGIE Foundation a number of projects in Africa are being supported.
Chaine de l’Espoir in Dakar – Construction of a Children’s Home in Dakar. Le Pavillon des Enfants de Dakar is a program of Chaine de l’Espoir which completes its medical program in Senegal through the construction of the Centre CardioPédiatrique Cuomo (CPCC) in Dakar.
Le Pavillon des Enfants will be the only center dedicated to pediatric cardiology in the subregion.
- Donation to ICSEE (an NGO)
Since 2009, the ICSEE (International Collaborative for Science, Education and the Environment) has been supporting Masai groups in northeast Tanzania in order to raise awareness and install improved cookers. These fuel-efficient stoves fitted with chimneys enable smoke extraction and are linked to solar systems that provide lighting and a system for charging mobile phones. Codegaz, an association of ENGIE employees, carried out a mission in 2013 in partnership with the Group’s foundation on behalf of ICSEE (an NGO).
- Donation to FREEME/PlaNet Finance
The FREEME project (promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency in Morocco and Egypt) encourages the development of renewable energies in those two countries via microfinance. The project is based on four key pillars: building capacity for local and international stakeholders, helping micro-entrepreneurs to sell efficient equipment, drafting appropriate financial models and creating an energy microfinance fund, and raising the awareness of population groups about renewable energies. The project has benefitted 4,800 people in both countries and has raised the awareness of nearly 2,400 micro-entrepreneurs and low-income homes.
- Donation to the Energies pour le Monde Foundation in Burkina Faso
In 2011, the Energies pour le Monde Foundation and ENGIE joined forces to create a partnership to implement an electricity access programme in six localities in the province of Kourittenga in central Burkina Faso. The purpose of the programme is to facilitate the involvement of a private operator – as a potential investor – for the installation, operation and management of solar power equipment.
- Through the ENGIE Foundation a number of projects in Africa are being supported
Chaine de l’Espoir in Dakar – Construction of a Children’s Home in Dakar. La Maison Des Enfants Dakar is a program of Chaine de l’Espoir which completes its medical program in Senegal through the construction of the Centre CardioPédiatrique Cuomo (CPCC) in Dakar.
La Maison Des Enfants will be the only center dedicated to pediatric cardiology in the subregion. La Maison Des Enfants is essential for sick children and their families who do not have the opportunity or the means to stay in Dakar during pre and postoperative follow-up.
- Via Energy Assistance, the Foundation supports several projects in
Beginning of July, Energy Assistance has completed the installation of solar equipment for the Lyima Tsala High School in Ethiopia.EA was created in 2001 by employees from the energy business lines of the ENGIE Group and has carried out numerous projects in Africa.