Industry and SMEs
Industrial and commercial enterprises – Since energy consumption of the industrial sector now accounts for about one-third of the final energy consumption at the global level, we believe that by investing in energy efficiency of industrial processes our contribution to decoupling economic development and energy consumption is significant. In this respect, energy management is extremely complex and requires advanced engineering skills.
We have years of experience in the field with industrial managers in various countries, as well as a detailed knowledge of industrial processes and energy optimization methods (i.e. compressed air, industrial refrigeration, steam production, boiler room, pumping, furnace and thermal processes, etc.) adapted to different normative environments.
We intervene not only at a strategic level in partnership with public authorities to support the implementation of their policies, but also at the operational level regarding the adaptation to the new standards, the optimization of processes and the control of the consumption.
In this context, we provide technical support for an international TOPTENs working group (IPEEC – International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation). The project aims to develop national and international lists of the best existing technologies and best practices in the industrial sector.
SMEs– An exemplary project regarding the SME sector is the one we currently have in Mauritius.
As part of the preparation of a roadmap (3 to 5 years) concerning the energy savings of SMEs made by the Ministry of Energy and Public Services and Business Mauritius, we obtained the project “Technical Assistance for the Identification of the Energy Efficiency Potential of SMEs in Mauritius “, financed by the European Union through the COI-ENERGIES program. The aim of this roadmap is to propose a program presenting financial instruments, as well as technical and methodological tools to reinforce the implementation of energy policy in this country.
One of the issues here is the limit regarding the size of companies reflecting their (in)ability to make energy efficiency measures profitable. For larger consumers a quick action on site should be considered directly influencing profitability, while for others it is necessary to provide other ways to mobilize them on the subject.
Buildings, Cities and Sustainable territories
Buildings – One of the sectors that are mostly concerned by the issues of sustainable development is the building sector. This sector represents 40% of total energy consumption in the EU and could significantly contribute to achieving its climate objectives as well as to reducing its dependence on energy imports.
In this respect, we are currently providing technical assistance on a project aiming to reduce the energy consumption of a building that demonstrates energy management solutions in the administrative city of Abidjan, the Ivory Coast.
Sustainable cities and territoties – While 75% of the world’s population will be urban in 2050, knowing that by then there will probably be more than 9 billion people on the planet, cities are on their way to encounter numerous issues. Talking about the urban environment without more generally considering the territories would not make sense when dealing with sustainable development. Cities depend on external resources, reject waste and generate pollution and, therefore, they cannot be considered as independent ecosystems.
This subject is at the heart of the sustainable development challenges, but also at the heart of opportunities to act. In this respect, our expertise is built around the following key competencies:
- sustainable construction in diverse buildings and large tertiary complexes, etc. ;
- energy systems;
- sustainable mobility.
Creating more harmonious territories whit a comprehensive strategy that must include the control of energy, the preservation of local resources and the energy independence is also a lever for local development creating jobs and enhancing those territory.
In many developing countries where we execute our missions, it is important that public policies regarding energy efficiency are not separated from public policies regarding economic development. These issues must be treated in parallel.
We master the entire range of public policies, from the conception of their strategy to their implementation. Our strength is to rely on the context and reality in a country.
The communication that must be implemented within the framework of public policies must not be neglected. It is often a cross-cutting element inherent to all institutional projects. In this respect, over the course of our missions we have acquired a certain know-how, necessary for these actions.