ENGIE’s commitments in Africa
Environmental and Social responsibility
In Africa, ENGIE wants 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.
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, 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 Sistema Bio
ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies invested in Sistema Bio. Sistema has operations in Mexico, Kenya and India. Sistema provides a wide range of customers ranging from small rural farms to large cooperatives with modular and sustainable biodigesters that produce natural gas for use in cooking and fertiliser and appliances. 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 by Sistema and are distributed by the local communities and can be installed in a few hours. Sistema is now the leading biodigester company in Kenya.
- 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 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 475,000 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 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.
- Investment in HUSK Power
Created in 2007, Husk Designs, builds, owns and operates 100% renewable minigrids, offering flexible PAYGO energy service, using smart metering system. Husk now operates 36 sites in India and 2 in Tanzania. HUSK grid-compatible theft-proof solutions provide productive use and can be rolled out to support national electrification plans.
- 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.
- Via Energy Assistance, the Foundation supports several projects in Africa.
EA was created in 2001 by employees from the energy business lines of the ENGIE Group and has carried out numerous projects in Africa.