23 Apr 12

EDF Energy to provide low carbon electricity for London 2012

80% of the low carbon electricity sourced to supply the Games will come from EDF Energy’s existing nuclear fleet

EDF Energy underlined its commitment to a low carbon future when it revealed today (Monday, April 23) that the electricity it will supply for the London 2012 Games will be matched by equivalent amounts of electricity backed by nuclear and renewable sources.

EDF Energy, Britain’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, will guarantee that for each unit of mains electricity used on the Olympic Park it will provide a unit generated from low carbon nuclear and renewable sources to the national grid.

80% of the low carbon electricity sourced to supply the Games will come from EDF Energy’s existing nuclear fleet, with the remaining 20% coming from renewable generation assets. EDF is an official partner of London 2012.

Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, said: “I’m very proud that we will be powering London 2012 with a supply package that is backed by nuclear and renewable electricity. We are planning major investments in the UK to develop new nuclear power stations and more renewables which will provide safe low carbon power for decades to come. We want to encourage people to think about where their electricity comes from, and the carbon emissions associated with it. With nearly two-thirds of people now saying that nuclear is needed as an important part of Britain’s energy mix1, it is the right time to highlight the opportunities for customers to choose low carbon energy supplies.”

EDF Energy has just launched a low carbon supply tariff, Blue +Price Promise, which is 100% nuclear backed2 and lets consumers fix their energy prices until September 2013. It comes with the ground-breaking promise to customers that it will let them know if any supplier offers a product which is £1 or more a week cheaper3. Any Blue +Price Promise customers choosing to switch to another electricity supplier will not be charged a termination fee.

The EDF Energy London Eye is already powered by ‘Blue’ and Tower Bridge is also supplied with electricity matched by units of low carbon electricity generated from the company’s existing nuclear fleet.

EDF Energy has partnered in projects to replace the lighting on Tower Bridge, which will lead to a reduction of around 40% in the energy used to illuminate the bridge, and to install 120 electric vehicle charging points which will support the London 2012 vehicle fleet before remaining as a legacy of the Games. In addition, the Pod, EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools and part of ‘Get Set’, the official London 2012 education programme, is estimated to have engaged six million young people in sustainability since it was launched in 2008.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it Britain’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, generating about one-sixth of the Britain’s electricity from low carbon sources. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants. These new plants could generate enough clean, secure and affordable electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes.

In addition, EDF Energy is investing in the development of new renewable generation. Between the time EDF was appointed as an official partner to the Games in 2007 and the time of the Olympics taking place, the company expects to have more than trebled its wind farm generation capacity, with an increase in output from 85 Megawatts to 264 Megawatts. EDF Energy Renewables currently operates wind farms at 20 sites across the UK.

Last year, EDF Energy invested £1bn in its nuclear fleet, gas storage and new generation capacity. In the coming years, the company plans to invest billions of pounds more in low carbon generation and energy efficiency, creating thousands of jobs and providing a major boost to the UK economy and to local communities.


Note to editors:

1An ICM online omnibus poll found that 65% of people agreed that nuclear energy was needed as part of country’s energy balance along with gas, coal and wind power. The survey was carried out between March 9-11, 2012, and based on the responses of 2,013 people.

2Blue +Price Promise September 2013 comes with a guarantee that 100% of the electricity a customer uses will be matched by low carbon electricity generated by EDF Energy’s nuclear power stations. EDF Energy is appointing an external company to provide an audit of the company’s energy supply matching. Low-carbon electricity purchased for Blue customers is supplied into the National Grid. Blue customers receive electricity via the National Grid, not directly from low-carbon generators. Terms and conditions apply – see www.edfenergy.com/blueprice

3Customers will be informed via email within 10 working days of a supplier informing the company of a deal which is £1 or more a week cheaper at typical consumption (3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh of gas per year for Standard meters; and 5,000 kWh of electricity for Economy 7 meters, as defined by Ofgem). The same information will also be published on the EDF Energy website and updated within two working days of a supplier informing the company of a deal which is £1 or more a week cheaper. Customers who are not online will get a letter within 10 working days. Customers will also be able to check at their own consumption levels on the EDF Energy website. Information is provided on the basis that where it is aware of them, EDF Energy has included discounts associated with other tariffs, for example Dual Fuel and Direct Debit discounts. However, it has not taken account of prompt pay discounts, welcome bonuses, other incentives or additional charges/discounts. Customers should therefore check with the relevant supplier for comprehensive product information.

London 2012 Electricity Supply

EDF Energy will match every unit of electricity supplied to the Olympic Park with power generated from low carbon sources.

EDF Energy guarantees this by ensuring that the electricity which it provides to the national grid to meet the mains electricity requirements for the Olympic Park is a ring fenced amount taken only from a low carbon nuclear (80%) and renewable (20%) generation assets.

An external third party provides assurance that our internal systems, policies and procedures for the low carbon supply to the Games are fully robust and auditable.

As the matching of the London 2012 supply is from existing generation sources, there is no effect on the UK’s overall carbon footprint. LOCOG will continue to follow UK Government guidance and report its carbon emissions from main power on the basis of grid average carbon intensity.

However, under the Green House Gas Global Accounting Protocol, as defined by the World Resources Institute (WRI), which allows for supplier specific reporting, the carbon emissions of the grid electricity supplied by EDF Energy to the Olympic Park and other venues would fall from 31ktCO2e (based on grid average carbon intensity) to under 1ktCO2e.

EDF Group

The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 96.5% of the electricity output is CO2-free. EDF’s transmission and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 27.9 million customers in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €65.3 billion in 2011, of which 43.1% outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

EDF Energy

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

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 and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

EDF and London 2012

EDF is an official partner and the official electricity supplier 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, real time energy monitoring and electric vehicle research.

EDF is also using its involvement with the Games to encourage people to reduce the carbon footprint of the energy which they use at home, at work and at school. In the UK, Team Green Britain, which launched in 2009 to encourage people to work together to protect the environment ahead of the Games is now comprised of over 1 million members. EDF Energy’s Programme for Greener Schools, the Pod, part of the London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’, is estimated to have engaged six million young people in sustainability.

EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of EDF, has also been helping ParalympicsGB to become a greener team before London 2012, reducing the carbon emissions of their pre-Games training camps. The 2011 residential camp in Bath recently became the first multi-day sporting event to be accredited by the Council for Responsible Sport.