We're dedicated to building a more sustainable energy future for our customers. As a company, we're also committed to the environment and communities around us. That's why we work in partnership with a number of organisations on various charity projects and environmental initiatives. We also encourage our employees to volunteer and contribute as much as they can, working together to leave the right kind of impression.
Educational Volunteering Programmes
Big Energy Project
In November 2012, working with education charity, the Transformation Trust, we developed an educational project that would not only engage students to consider energy consumption – both environmental and financial – but would also target teachers, volunteers and wider communities.
Our goal is to encourage youngsters within areas of deprivation to consider energy issues from an early age and to inspire their peers, families and communities to change energy efficiency behaviours. Now in 2016 and entering its fourth year, ‘The Big Energy Project’ continues to grow and develop.
Since the project began in 2012, 93 schools have taken part and approximately 4,773 students have been reached. Through the amazing projects that students have worked on, over 174,000 community members have also been impacted.
Citizen Advice Helpline
EDF Energy have teamed up with the Citizens Advice Bureau to provide extra help and support to our customers struggling with debt. Through a dedicated money advice service, the Citizens Advice Bureau help customers looking for independent advice on everything from making the most of their income and claiming Benefits and Tax Credits, to managing their money and paying their bills.
EDF Energy customers can call the Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau’s independent debt helpline on 0808 156 6666 or 0300 330 0519 from a mobile phone. They can also visit their local Citizens Advice Bureau if they’d prefer to speak to someone face to face.
Schools programme - The Pod
The Pod – EDF Energy’s award winning education programme – was launched in 2008 in a bid to meet our sustainability commitment of teaching 2.5 million children about the sustainable use of energy. We met our target two years ahead of schedule at the end of 2010, and as of March 2017 over 22,000 schools and 39,000 teachers are registered.The programme has three main aims:
- To inspire young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle
- To understand that a low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply is vital for the future
- To promote STEM in schools and encourage science and engineering as a career choice
As part of the programme, our interactive website for teachers, www.jointhepod.org provides free lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, games and information, all with cross curricular links and covering the topics of energy, waste, water, transport, biodiversity and climate science.
The ethos of the Pod is 'Learn, Act, and Inspire others', which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their projects.
Thousands of schools take part in our national campaigns like Switch Off Fortnight and Waste Week, which are designed to help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage with an environmental message. Find out more about Pod campaigns.
The Pod works with a number of key and influential partners to develop its resources and activities – partners like Eco-Schools, the Met Office, Wastebuster and the British Trust for Ornithology. All activities on the Pod have been endorsed by Eco-Schools England, the largest environmental schools programme in the world. Completing any Pod activity will help with a school’s application for a bronze, silver and green flag Eco-Schools award.
Breast Cancer Now and EDF Energy are announcing a three year partnership; with the aim of raising nearly half a million pounds for vital research into the disease.
Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, was chosen as EDF Energy’s next charity partner in an employee vote, with thousands of employees across the company taking part. Their vote to join forces with Breast Cancer Now makes the company an important part of reaching the charity’s stated ambition: that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
EDF Energy is aiming to raise £450,000 for Breast Cancer Now over the next three years, through fundraising activity.
The new partnership is being launched during this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which EDF Energy employees are marking with a week of activities, wearing pink. They’ll be showing their support by holding lots of fundraising events, taking collections at site entrances, and even competing between sites to see who can generate the most donations.
Through our Helping Hands volunteering programme, our employees have the opportunity to spend two days of company time each year supporting local community and environmental projects.
By donating their time and energy, employees build relationships with community groups and charities, as well as contributing to projects that support the delivery of our sustainability strategy.