Ian Ord, Plant Lifetime Extension Manager
“As part of my role, I have additional responsibility for activities outside our site, which currently includes work related to the Scottish government’s drive for increased wind energy and a grid infrastructure upgrade. The grid project involves building a submarine interconnector (underwater power cable) in the Irish Sea. The wind energy project is a turbine test facility at Hunterston. Both projects involved land adjoining our site, with the potential to affect land owned by EDF Energy.”
Improvements for all
“It was important to understand the environment around our site – the biodiversity, archaeology, agriculture and public access requirements. We’ve worked with the local community and others to reinstate the original land drainage, as well as 16 acres of pasture and a small pond. We’ve also carried out tree planting and made improvements to local woodlands.”
“Maintaining nuclear safety is our number one priority. It’s also important to support others to reduce the carbon intensity of electricity generation. I get a great deal of pleasure from helping the organisations involved with these projects.”
A balanced approach
“Through all this I’ve learnt a huge amount including about managing and balancing a number of different environmental and community issues.”
“Travelling to work daily you often don’t see what is changing around you. Only through contact with local land owners and having sight of extensive photographs and records, did I realise the impact we’ve had on the surrounding environment. We’re committed to achieving a positive environmental outcome and to playing our part in improving the surrounding area for the community and our people.”
- Ian Ord, Plant Lifetime Extension Manager
“At our Cottam Power Station, we run a range of initiatives that reduce the amount of fossil-fuel energy we use and reduce our impact on the environment. I work on lighting and low voltage maintenance, and decided to find out how I could help us achieve more energy savings.”
The benefits are clear
“We decided on two initiatives. Firstly to replace 1,000 sodium 70-watt light bubs with 11-watt LED ones. These lights can be on for up to 14 hours a day in winter, so this simple change alone reduced power consumption by 215 Mega-Watts per year. What’s more, the LED bulbs give a much brighter light. Secondly, by replacing bulbs in three of our floodlit towers with four 1,000-watt LED Panels, we reduced power use by 73 Mega-Watts per year per tower. We also added remote switching so the lights were only on when required, instead of around the clock.”
“The energy savings alone are pretty impressive. We use less coal thanks to more energy-efficient lighting – and the bulbs last much longer, so there are cost savings to factor in. These two initiatives also give us better lighting with reduced glare, so nearby residents are happier, too.”
Highlighting what’s possible
“It’s great to be part of a team that makes such a noticeable difference, with such simple projects. We’ve even improved safety, as with longer-lasting energy-efficient bulbs, there’s less need to work at height when replacing them.”
- Kieran Green, Contract Supervisor, Cottam Power Station Sustainability Group
Karl Burns, Offshore Windfarm Technician
EDF Energy’s offshore wind farm at Teesside produces enough low-carbon power for around 40,000 homes – reducing the overall carbon intensity of the company’s electricity generation.
“My role involves keeping wind turbines operational. It offers me the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities and projects, like climbing a wind turbine to conduct routine inspections, remotely interrogating the turbines to assess performance, and compiling technical fault information and generation data.
“I feel a great sense of pride knowing I am involved in the production of low-carbon energy and doing my part to address climate change.”
- Karl Burns, Offshore Windfarm Technician
Sarah Hazeldine, Campus Business Manager
EDF Energy has transformed Cannington Court, a former twelfth-century priory in Bridgwater, Somerset, into a state-of-the-art residential training campus.
The transformation includes an on-site energy centre that draws on in-house expertise. Cannington Court is also a demonstration test bed for retrofitting
low-carbon technologies to older buildings – supporting EDF Energy’s ambition to lead the transition to a low-carbon energy future.
“Opening the doors to Cannington Court last year was an exciting time, and the result of a lot of hard work from many people. The physical changes to what was a very old, unused building are truly remarkable. I am extremely proud that I have been able to witness this historic transformation.
“Generating our own energy through the innovative energy centre is great, and we are looking at how we can integrate the building management and booking systems to ensure we don’t heat rooms that are not being used. “Leading the team through this first year has provided learning opportunities for me that will stay with me forever.”
- Sarah Hazeldine, Campus Business Manager