Énergir, SoCalGas, GRDF and GRTgaz Present on Global Solutions to Climate Change
June 6, 2019 -- Énergir (Canada), SoCalGas (US), and French utilities GRDFand GRTgaz recently (6/5) shared a global discussion and their visions on viable solutions for fighting climate change. The presentation was part of the Movin'On Summit and brought together executives from each of the utilities. The theme for this year's summit is 'Solutions for Multimodal Ecosystems' and examined decarbonization and air quality, urban transit and society, innovative technologies, goods movement and the circular economy.
Some of the highlights from the event, moderated by Énergir CEO Sophie Brochu, included discussion on the role of renewable gas and its growth potential, renewable energy technologies such as power-to-gas and effective ways to reduce transportation emissions through the deployment of natural gas vehicles fueled with renewable gas.
'It's time to move from deliberation to action. Now more than ever, renewable natural gas has a role to play in the energy transition,' said Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Énergir. 'We need to capitalize on the experiences of our partners to continue and accelerate the development of this sector in Québec with a renewed commitment to resolve issues in the fight against global warming.'
'We appreciate the collaboration we have built with Énergir, GRDF and GRTgaz because international dialogue and cooperation is how we will achieve global environmental goals,' said Maryam Brown, president for SoCalGas. 'We must all work together on ways to reduce emissions and minimize waste, that is why SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of our traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas by 2030.'
'The collaboration between our four companies focuses on the development of solutions supporting low-carbon and circular economy,' said Edouard Sauvage, chief executive officer of GRDF. 'We joined our efforts in order to speed up the development of renewable gas and bioNGV as they are mature technologies which massively contribute to lowering CO2 emissions and improving air quality.'
'And it is this combination: the environmental advantage and economic and operational performance which now allows the actors to 'go ahead' and explains this take-off of gas mobility,' said Pierre Duvieusart, Deputy CEO of GRTgaz.
The Movin'On Summit marks the first time executives from this association of innovative energy utilities have presented publicly as a group since announcing a collaboration between the four companies last year. All four utilities share a common goal of advancing policies to combat climate change while providing customers with reliable and affordable energy solutions. As part of the collaboration, representatives from each company speak regularly to learn about research and development initiatives and ways to achieve policy initiatives.
In the last year, the group has visited the innovative demonstrator GRHYD in the North of France which is testing injection of hydrogen into the GRDF grid, a biomethane injection plant and GRTgaz' Jupiter 1000 power-to-gas demonstration project in southern France, SoCalGas funded research and development projects in California and will visit a biomethane project in Quebec hosted by Énergir this month.
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