HOW TO MAKE THE ENERGY TRANSITION WORK?

Published: December 17, 2015

Energy Transition

 

In light of the COP21 agreement supporting increased, global energy transition, the only question now is how to achieve it. Having anticipated the question and need for guidance in different global contexts, Tractebel Engineering is already set to provide customers and stakeholders with important answers…

IT’S HAPPENING NOW

Even as parties of over 190 countries affiliated to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered in Paris for the 2015 COP21 to reach a binding agreement to act to keep global warming below 2°C – the debate for many key players in energy and other actors; industry, state and local authorities and even citizens, was already settled. The transition to a smarter, cleaner, energy production and consumption model is happening. But 3 key factors impact the approach, pace and need for guidance. Read more.

A DEDICATED DIVISION

In response to the questions of its Group ENGIE, as well as other clients and concerned stakeholders, Tractebel Engineering has created a dedicated Energy Transition division to help guide and coordinate integrated energy transition solutions  and specialised services to achieve them. Read more.

ANSWERS TO GIVE

In the fast changing world of Energy Transition there are infinite opportunities and solutions to addressing climate change: experts are already answering critical questions for a number of different stakeholders – and are ready for others… Read more.


IT’S HAPPENING NOW

 

1. THE POWER TO AFFECT CHANGE IS IN OUR HANDS

That change is the Energy Transition. By changing our energy model within the next decades, together we can face climate change challenges.

The Energy Transition is the transition:

  • From today’s energy situation – centralised, fossil-dependent power generation in an energy-stressed world in which 20% of people still have no access to electricity
  • To a desirable future based on efficient consumption and carbon-free generation offering supply security and affordable energy for allA gradual shift

Today this is possible thanks to 3 main global changes that open new opportunities to affect the transition:

Decentralisation of power generation made possible by a steady increase in Renewable Energy innovations and lowering costs;

Digitalisation enabling measurement, collection and treatment of massive amounts of energy data at low cost used to optimise consumption and the design of the whole energy chain.

Energy Efficiency of increasingly high levels allowed by new technologies and thinking.

2. A CHANGING PICTURE & PACE COMES WITH THE TERRITORY

Ahead of the COP21, attending countries, each with its own profile, culture, economic structure etc., were asked for feedback on actions in their territory to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. The differing reports not only highlighted the need for COP21 consensus on binding targets – but also one of the major Energy Transition challenges:

The Energy Transition picture and pace changes depending on the unique constraints, energy resources, finances and existing energy infrastructure of countries or continents.

Within this, opportunities or activities are further shaped by forces involving different stakeholders: the vision of territory authorities; companies’ unique sector concerns, legal requirements, buy in to energy efficiency and levels of support from associated industries; the needs and priorities of citizens.

3. THE DRIVE TO CHANGE IS NOTHING WITHOUT A MAP…

Major change needs a vision. Authorities, companies or citizens, are being called on to make good choices for the future regarding energy consumption, pollution, mobility congestion, use of space, infrastructure… taking into account aspects such as sustainability, social behaviours and budgets. With each stakeholder’s needs, barriers and opportunities needing to be understood and positively addressed, defining a coherent strategy is a long process of studies, analyses, briefings and technical and economic evaluations. A task few stakeholders are equipped to manage on their own.

…CALLING FOR A RESPONSIBLE RESPONSE

Challenged to take advantage of the new opportunities of change, within a defined strategy, relevant to their individual territory – is it any wonder that when it comes to achieving energy transition many stakeholders feel lost before they start? It’s why Tractebel Engineering has chosen to take the lead in understanding and sharing with clients and stakeholders the transition trends, challenges, opportunities, economics and likely timelines, as well as the actions required at a continent, country, region, city and even individual building level…


EVERYTHING IS OR WILL BE LINKED, A GLOBAL APPROACH IS NEEDED.

 

“Everything impacting the energy transition is linked in one way or another. For example, how can a stakeholder, say a city authority, begin to contemplate the future use of electric vehicles and the installation of charging points in its territory, without taking into account current and future mobility flows, users’ needs and the integration, monitoring and control of the electrical infrastructure? This is just one example of thousands… and the answers will differ city to city, country to country. In the transition, all sorts of different competences combinations are needed to find the right and optimised answers.”

Gilles Bourgain, Energy Transition Director, Tractebel Engineering

Gilles Bourgain

Gilles Bourgain

A RESPONSE BASED ON STRONG EXPERIENCE

Tractebel Engineering has always had a strong reputation for its experience in a number of diverse but, in the transition, increasingly linked technical subjects. Linking all of the relevant resources and knowledge available was the enabler to the company’s mission to develop specific services oriented to multiple energy transition stakeholders, taking on a key role of “Architects of the Energy Transition”.

INTEGRATED SERVICES SUPPORTING & SUPPORTED BY 3 PILLARS OF EXPERTISE  

Answering energy transition stakeholder’s primary needs are 3 areas of focus:

  • ENERGY TRANSITION STRATEGY: In a complex world growing increasingly more complex, the first step for stakeholders wanting transition is to develop a reliable strategy and vision. In order to create this vision and to prepare the transition process all social, economic, legal and technical aspects at country, region, city or company level have to be integrated.
  • DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES: Technology evolution is accelerating and digitalization is the next step and key enabler of the transformation of energy systems through smart grids, smart buildings, mobility apps… Therefore, the development of new tools and services to help drive the transition through digital optimization, advanced simulation and data science services will be key.
  • FINANCE & ECONOMICS: Reliable investments can only be made based on strong analysis regarding financial modelling, risk analysis, energy, strategic and regulatory planning – as well as CAPEX and OPEX. Analysis encompassing everything from avoided fossil-fuel costs, a unit based tariff, to the sector effects of predictable investment mechanisms, is an essential step in determining either the economic benefits or required grants or tariffs in order to make projects feasible.

 


ANSWERS TO GIVE

 

By creating its Energy Transition division, Tractebel Engineering has already begun answering critical questions for energy transition stakeholders around the world. While answers vary according to the specific territory they apply to; some examples of the kind of questions tackled are:

  • What investments are needed for the next 20 years in generation, transmission, distribution to feed the energy demand while respecting environment targets and minimize the costs?
  • What is the potential of and how best to integrate renewable energy generation in a given energy system
  • What are the energy savings potential in a given industrial or tertiary building?
  • What is the potential of energy efficiency in a given country and how to organize it?
  • What are the costs, benefits and opportunities of smart grids for a given client?
  • How to optimize the transport infrastructure for a sustainable mobility in a city

Energy Transition

“The Energy Transition is a living and expanding force that will grow in size and directions people have yet to conceive or consider – there will still be a lot of questions to be answered. But one certainty is Tractebel Engineering would  like to be a partner to support its many different customers on this future path.”

Gilles Bourgain, Energy Transition Director, Tractebel Engineering

Need answers or have other questions? Tractebel Engineering is ready to help your Energy Transition: www.tractebel-engineering-gdfsuez.com

Energy Transition

the global focus on achieving a holistic and responsible energy model in answer to major energy challenges; climate change, providing energy for all and assuring worldwide security of supply.

SHARED VIEWS

“We are the first generation to really become aware of the problem and yet the last generation that can still act on it.” Laurent Fabius –Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Development and COP21 President

 

“We must prove that it is possible to take effective action and change our energy model.” Ségolène Royal – Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

 

“We need to catalyse a transformation that takes us away from business as usual… Mobilisation of people, business, investors and local leaders is the best way to support a strong agreement.” Christiane Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC

 

“There is no plan “B”, because there is no planet “B”.” Mr Ban Ki-moon – United Nations Secretary-General

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Gilles Bourgain, Energy Transition Director, Tractebel Engineering

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