A different look at energy
By 2050, 75% of the world population will live in an urban environment. The EDF Group and EDF Luminus are well aware that this is a major challenge. They are convinced that the traditional manner of using energy should be revised and that new sustainable solutions should be provided to citizens.
The EDF Group, world leader in electricity and the biggest electricity producer in Europe, invests € 500 million a year in R&D. One of the top priorities is ‘sustainable cities’.
In Belgium, EDF Luminus has developed an innovation strategy and addresses the challenges as to energy, economy and the environment. EDF Luminus focuses on new technologies for electricity generation, energy efficiency, the social impact of projects and their environmental effects.
Innovative, sustainable and mobilising projects in the city of Genk
The city of Genk has the explicit ambition to innovate in the field of urban development. To secure and reinforce Genk’s future role, the city aims to achieve a transition from an industrial manufacturing economy to an innovative and sustainable manufacturing and knowledge-based economy.
The city of Genk invests in various sustainable mobility and energy efficiency projects. EDF Luminus and the EDF Group have made their expertise available to support these projects.
Public lighting analysed
A concrete example of the collaboration between EDF Luminus and the city of Genk is the assessment of street lighting on the territory of Genk, which is unique for Belgium. The intended benefits are numerous: increase the comfort and safety of citizens, optimise energy consumption, make sustainable investments in smart technologies and tackle light pollution.
A master plan for electric mobility in Limburg
On behalf of Infrax, EDF Luminus will draw up a master plan for the installation of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in 44 Limburg municipalities, including Genk, with a view to attaining the European objective of having 12,000 public charging stations in Belgium by 2020. There are currently 1000 charging stations in the whole of Belgium.
In addition, projects are in place concerning energy efficiency and optimisation in public buildings which take into account the integration of renewable energy sources, and which will be integrated into research projects undertaken by the EDF Group.
A partnership which benefits all parties
The EDF Group and EDF Luminus will test the implementation of their expertise in concrete projects by actively collaborating with cities and municipalities. It is in their interest to be able to make use of this knowhow, which creates added value.
Grégoire Dallemagne, CEO of EDF Luminus: “We are proud to be able to reinforce our ties with the province of Limburg and develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the inhabitants of this region, where our company has been present for a considerable time.”
Wim Dries, Mayor of Genk: "With the development of Thor Park in Genk, we invest in innovations in the field of energy and sustainability. By means of this cooperation agreement, we wish to apply these innovations to our area and capitalise on them as a laboratory city.”
The agreement signed today by the city of Genk, the EDF Group and EDF Luminus is concrete proof of the willingness to find solutions to the environmental challenges through innovation: sustainable cities, smart networks, electric vehicles and energy efficiency of buildings are only a few examples.