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In North America, target those industries which use the most energy

In North America, Equans has access to a team of business developers based in Montréal and Ottawa in Canada, and in Boston in the US. Their mission is to help manufacturers, retail spaces and local authorities on the East Coast optimise their sites and production facilities. As far as decarbonisation is concerned, Canadian industries are endeavouring to comply with the various commitments that the government has made. This is so as to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and prepare for the carbon tax, which will gradually be implemented between 2023 and 2030. In the US, in the face of a great deal of industrial lobbying, many states have introduced financial incentives, rather than bringing in restrictive legislation. Helping manufacturers find out what subsidies they are entitled to and creating a financial model to start decarbonising their area of activity are fundamental.

“A complete financial model, a long-term vision”

In North America, energy is indeed less expensive and is less affected by inflation than it is in Europe. In order to turn reducing consumption into a fully-fledged lever for economic performance, the Equans teams have to target those industries which use the most energy – such as metallurgy, cement manufacture, petrochemicals and paper pulp plants. So Equans has been working to support the heavy industrial sector with its energy transition, assessing opportunities to a full implementation, with companies like Cascades, Arcelor Mittal and HOLCIM.

Modern tower buildings or skyscrapers in financial district with cloud on sunny day in Chicago, USA.

Managing risks in the UK in difficult circumstances

In the UK, Equans consultants are split into three teams: the first is in charge of the private sector, the second is in charge of the public sector (including universities, Local authorities and the Defence Sector), and the third is in charge of compliance – as well as supporting the first two.

“Requests for solutions have more than doubled”

Over the past two or three years, in circumstances made challenging by the pandemic and the increase in energy prices, “requests for solutions designed to reduce energy consumption have more than doubled”, says James Rooke, Managing Director, Energy & Carbon Solutions at Equans in the UK: “In addition to keeping energy costs under control, what we do involves reducing risks by catering to people’s desire for transparency from investment through to operation through and the supply chain. It's not just a question of the cost of energy consumption, but also of resilience,revenue and brand equity – that is what will keep business resilient.”

These circumstances, and the impacts of the war in Ukraine on energy prices and security, have meant that client focus has intensified. We no longer just have to provide technical solutions that are profitable in the short term, we also have to design a whole strategy and manage long-term risks, energy security and asset value
James Rooke Managing Director, Energy & Carbon Solutions, Equans UK
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