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Improving Our Ways of Working

ENGIE North America has made a bold commitment in the decarbonization of our activities, setting an objective to achieve net zero emissions in our ways of working by 2030. In 2020, ENGIE North America made great strides toward that goal, procuring renewable energy for our Houston headquarters and continuing to advance activities to increase awareness, measure and reduce impact in our ways of working.  

Navigate each section below to learn more about our 2020 sustainability performance.

2030 Objectives and 2020 Performance
Ensuring performance against 2030 ENGIE Group objectives
2030 Objectives and 2020 Performance
Sustainability Projects
Strengthening our activities to avoid emissions in energy generation and customer solutions
Sustainability Projects
People Performance
Improving our performance for employees and society
People Performance
Sustainability Policies
Ensuring a responsible framework to guide our efforts
Sustainability Policies

Buildings

469 Tons Diverted from landfills
5.5k MT CO2 emissions from electricity purchased for our office buildings
20% Reduction from 2019 emissions
-35% Target reduction in building electricity consumption by 2030

Although closures and usage declines stemming from COVID-19 played a considerable role in reducing the total emissions from our building footprint, ENGIE North America also led several key initiatives to further strengthen our sustainable and socially responsible commitments.

After relocating our corporate headquarters at the first part of 2020 to Four Oaks Place, ENGIE North America decommissioned the bulk of the furniture used at its previous location at Post Oak Central.  Decommissioning ensures environmental responsibility while supporting those in need locally.  ENGIE North America partnered with Green Standards to turn 469 tons of waste into $81,586 in charitable contributions, responsibly redistributing the no-longer-needed workplace items.  Other existing furniture, such as ergonomic chairs and filing cabinets, were repurposed and relocated to Four Oaks Place to be both cost-effective and sustainable.

ENGIE North America also worked closely with the property management company of Four Oaks Place, the home of its newly-leased office space, to convert the building’s energy supply to an 84-month renewable agreement.  Four Oaks Place is now being powered by Live Oak – ENGIE North America’s 200 MW, 76-turbine wind farm near San Angelo, Texas – representing 5,747 annual MWh of renewable consumption. 

Commuting

7.7k MT Total commuting CO2 emissions
29% Reduction from 2019 emissions

With the onset of COVID-19, ENGIE North America offices around the country were closed. Later in the year, as local restrictions allowed, offices began to slowly reopen on a volunteer basis. This resulted in a considerable decline in commuting emissions, moving the company from 10,821 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2019 to 7,691 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2020.

Although many employees continue to work in remote environments due to COVID-19, ENGIE North America is taking several steps now to support carbon-reduction efforts in a post-pandemic environment. With the introduction of a revised flexible work program, employees have the opportunity to work three days a week in the office and two days at home. This will help to further decarbonize our commuting footprint under normal operating conditions.

Fleet

10.1k MT Total fleet vehicle CO2 emissions
9.3 MT Average CO2 emissions per fleet vehicle
100% Target share of green vehicles in fleet by 2030

ENGIE North America established benchmark data in 2019 to gain a better understanding of our fleet emissions and explore opportunities for reductions.  In 2020, the divestiture of MultiTech, Ltd., a Canadian mechanical and electrical contractor, contributed to a decline in fleet vehicle emissions.  This resulted in an 8.7% year-over-year reduction in Scope 1 emissions.

 

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Business Travel

564 MT Total business travel CO2 emissions
0.89 MT Average business travel CO2 emissions per employee

COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on emissions from business travel.  Shutdowns and company restrictions moved ENGIE North America from 2,257 metric tons of CO2 emissions from business travel in 2019 to just 564 metric tons of CO2 in 2020, representing a 75% year-over-year reduction.

 

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Digital

187 MT Scope 2 CO2 emissions
363 MT Scope 3 CO2 emissions

In 2020, ENGIE North America continued its centralized cloud computing strategy, Cloud First, by providing economies of scale with higher power usage effectiveness. Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services now provide over 50% of our computing services. Like ENGIE North America, both companies are committed to achieving carbon-neutrality in their operations, which further contributes to our emissions reduction strategy. However, the transition to working from home in light of COVID-19 brought an increased demand for data transfer, which caused emissions from cloud services to increase slightly from our 2019 performance.

In addition to these efforts, ENGIE North America completed a digital carbon footprint assessment in 2020. This includes tracking materials emissions from equipment such as laptops, smartphones, screens and printers, and measuring data transfer via emails, video conferencing and cloud storage. ENGIE North America’s total digital footprint accounted for 550 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. This includes 187 metric tons of CO2 equivalent of Scope 2 emissions, and 363 metric tons of CO2 equivalent of Scope 3 emissions.

Work from Home

The onset of COVID-19 presented ENGIE with the opportunity to introduce Work from Home as a new category of activities to measure and reduce impact.  We conducted a baseline assessment of these emissions in 2020 to better understand how we could improve performance. Based on that evaluation, we determined our annual emissions from working from home was 882 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. This is an area of emissions that will naturally decline as more renewable generation is introduced to the grid.

 

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