ENGIE Solutions to assist in energy efficiency to realize vision 2035 strategy. Since 2014, ENGIE Solutions, a global pioneer in sustainable energy solutions, has saved its GCC clients an estimated US$23.8 million in energy costs. The company claimed to have assisted businesses and industries in the region in reducing their electricity usage by 190 gigawatt-hours (GWh), displacing an estimated 101,242 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the equivalent of eliminating over 22,000 cars from the roads.
Yassine Lafhail, General Manager of ENGIE Solutions Kuwait, said the company is committed to helping Kuwait achieve its Vision 2035 sustainable development strategy by reducing residential and industrial power demand by 10% and increasing the share of renewables in the power mix to 15% by 2030. He went on to say that reducing Kuwait’s high per-capita power use is crucial.
“Ventilation, air-conditioning, and lighting systems account for around 85 per cent of the energy consumed by buildings at the height of summer in Kuwait, and as much as 60 per cent of the construction sector’s total energy consumption. However, installing energy-efficient systems requires significant investment,” Lafhail said.
Further said, “One way to help organizations transition to lower-carbon operating models is to provide turnkey solutions that cater to their specific needs, build in the necessary financing, and invest on their behalf.”
ENGIE Solutions now administers more than 200 projects across the GCC, covering a total area of 500 million square metres. In Kuwait, the company has recently completed projects including Taiba Hospital, Azzour North Power Plant, and the Plot 40 shopping complex, as well as multiple five-star hotels and one of the region’s largest banks.
ENGIE SOLUTIONS is a company that specializes in Kuwait was the country’s first energy solutions provider to establish an energy management team dedicated to both retrofitting existing infrastructure and creating new energy efficiency systems, which are compensated for with the savings generated. The Green Mosques pilot project, which was implemented in collaboration with the National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) and inaugurated by the undersecretaries of the Ministries of Awqaf and Electricity, Water, and Renewables, was one of these projects. The initiative lowered the three mosques’ energy consumption by a third.
Through regular workshops in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity and Water, training in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, and various local CSR initiatives, Lafhail said the company is actively raising awareness of the business case for greater investment in building energy efficiency.
Digitalization will be a critical driver of energy efficiency in the future, allowing hydrocarbon-dependent countries like Kuwait to diversify their economies. To increase the performance, reliability, and measurement of its energy solutions, ENGIE Technologies is aggressively investing in artificial intelligence and other digital solutions, according to Lafhail.
“Advances in AI, blockchain, and the Internet of Things can unlock substantial additional savings for clients, for example, by helping them to predict precisely when and where building maintenance is needed. At ENGIE Solutions, we have been actively developing these solutions to help safeguard the long-term value of our client’s assets in Kuwait and countries across the region.”