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24 May 2011

EDF Energy wins prestigious award from University College London (UCL)

Company recognised for its outstanding contribution to university research

EDF Energy has won the UCL Enterprise Partner of the Year Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to UCL.

The award was presented to EDF Energy Director of Company Shared Services, Peter Hofman at a ceremony at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. The award, previously won by companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Arup, is in recognition for a company’s contribution to research funding in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Mr Hofman said: “I am delighted to accept this award for Enterprise Partner of the Year on behalf of EDF Energy.

“We identified UCL as a scientific leader in the UK in the field of energy efficiency in buildings and the partnership has reaped significant benefits for both parties, supporting our objective to help deliver a lower carbon future for Britain. Sustainability is at the heart of our company, and as such, we are proud to be able to help UCL with its crucial research in this field.”

The relationship with the university started in 2007, centering on training, education and research. It led to EDF Energy supporting the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) initiative to create a doctoral training centre on energy efficiency and promoting UCL as the leader for the centre. The centre is linked with the European Centre and Labs for Energy Efficiency Research which was created by EDF.

Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the UCL Energy Institute, said: "Over the last four years the UCL Energy Institute has developed a stimulating working relationship with EDF Energy. We share a common view of many of the problems concerning energy use in buildings.

“We have not only benefitted from the industrial perspective that EDF Energy bring to the mix, but from a genuine research partnership enabled by their broader R&D activities."

As well as doctoral training at the UCL Energy Institute, other aspects of the partnership include successfully bidding for three significant projects, focusing on linking localised energy generation with localised energy use, the optimized thermal efficiency building retrofit and developing a better understanding for energy demand in buildings, including behaviour of people.

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UCL Enterprise of the Year Award

The UCL Enterprise Partner Award is presented to an organisation or business demonstrating key contributions to the advancement of UCL research and entrepreneurship. Nominations for the award are invited from academics across the university.

UCL has a long tradition of corporate partnerships that have helped the university to develop its facilities, teaching and research programmes. The UCL Enterprise Partner of the Year Award was conceived to honour partnerships that have provided value to all parties involved – the UCL institution itself, students and the corporate partner.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customers and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in the UK.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company. EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.