EDF Energy publishes 2013 Annual Sustainability Report
The report recognises the significant steps forward EDF Energy has achieved in the past year, and highlights the efforts that still need to be made in order to achieve its long-term ambitions. It also outlines some of the significant challenges facing the company and wider industry.
Key findings detailed in the report include:
- EDF Energy’s eight nuclear power stations produced 60.5 TWh of low-carbon electricity in 2013. This is the company’s best performance in eight years and enough energy to power around 50% of UK homes.
- EDF Energy abated 1.88 million tonnes of CO2 from customer energy consumption in 2013, up from 0.98 million tonnes in 2012.
- By December 2013, EDF Energy had reduced emissions from its commercial buildings to 1.37 tonnes per FTE (see glossary) against a 2012 target of 1.4 tonnes per FTE. EDF Energy met its target to cut CO2 emissions from its commercial buildings by 30% from 2008 levels.
- The company surpassed the Government’s targets for installing energy efficiency measures in thousands of homes under the government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
- EDF Energy achieved its best ever safety performance in 2013, with a sector-leading ‘Lost Time Incident Rate’ (see glossary) of 0.47 incidents per million hours worked. It also nearly halved its ‘Total Recordable Incident Rate’ (see glossary) to 0.84 per million hours worked.
- EDF Energy was the cheapest major dual fuel energy supplier for 49 out of 52 weeks in 2013, for customers paying by monthly direct debit at typical consumption.
- More than 50% of UK schools have registered to EDF Energy’s award-winning sustainable schools programme, The Pod (www.jointhepod.org), which provides free educational resources on energy, science and sustainability.
The report also outlines some of the key issues for the company. The European Commission’s State Aid investigation is scrutinising the investment contract for Hinkley Point C, EDF’s planned new nuclear power station in Somerset. The inquiry is proceeding as expected and in time for a decision in the Autumn.
In addition, the energy regulator Ofgem is currently consulting on whether to refer the energy supply market to the Competition and Markets Authority for investigation. EDF Energy first called for an inquiry in 2012 to help to restore trust in the market, and fully supports the investigation.
The Annual Sustainability Report also outlines a number of actions that EDF Energy is taking to improve the way it engages with environmental groups following a protest held at the company’s West Burton station in 2012.
Will Hutton, previously Chair of the company’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel, led a consultation process with a number of stakeholders across industry, media and politics, as well as environmental campaign groups, to look at what lessons the company could learn from the demonstration and subsequent legal action.
Following the consultation process, a number of recommended actions were agreed upon for EDF Energy to carry out, some of which have already been implemented. The recommended actions include:
- Facilitating regular discussions with representatives from sustainability organisations, NGO’s and protest groups.
- Working with external partners to ensure that EDF Energy’s communications about its strategy are simpler and more accessible.
- Replicate best practice already seen at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C site, such as establishing a ‘Protest Liaison Team’, to facilitate lawful protest.
The company’s levels of carbon dioxide emissions are also detailed in its 2013 Annual Sustainability Report.
Last year, EDF Energy’s intensity of carbon dioxide emissions was 256g of CO2 per kWh. This is a 1.7% increase on the emissions of 2012 and was largely driven by increased output from the company’s two coal power stations in Nottinghamshire. Coal stations will play a key role in ensuring security of supply during the transition to new low carbon generation in the early 2020s.
EDF Energy has strengthened its ambition in this area, and aims to reduce the intensity of its CO2 emissions to 100g of CO2 per kWh or less, by 2030. This is a decrease of more than 60% on the company’s current emissions level.
EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz said: “We have made strong progress in 2013. Our eight nuclear power stations produced 60.5 TWh of low-carbon electricity, our best performance to date. And many milestones have been met as we continue to lead the UK’s nuclear renaissance through our project at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.
“However, we recognise that we have more to do. Earning trust within the retail industry remains one of our prime responsibilities. A competition inquiry will be an important opportunity to establish the facts in a wholly transparent way.
“I am confident that with sustainable and responsible business at the heart of our approach, and with the passion and commitment of our people at work and in the community, we will be able to successfully deliver on our missions and ambitions.”
Glossary of terms:
Lost Time Incident Rate
Definition: The Lost Time Incident (LTI) rate is the number of lost time incidents per 1,000,000 hours worked. Lost Time Incidents are defined as the number of workplace accidents that lead to a day or more off work. A day represents the next full working day following the accident. The measure covers all staff – employees, agency and contractors.
Total Recordable Incident Rate
Definition: The Total Recordable Incident Rate is the annual total combined number of Lost Time Incidents, fatalities, Restricted Work Injuries and Medical Treatment Injuries (excluding First Aid) divided by the number of million hours worked. This covers all EDF Energy employees, agency and contractor staff. It excludes EDF Energy Renewables.
CO2 emissions from commercial buildings (emissions per FTE)
The annual total of electricity and gas consumption is measured via meters for EDF Energy office buildings. For those buildings not managed by EDF Energy the current landlord’s billing is used. The consumption for gas and electricity is then converted from KWh to CO2 using defined conversion factors published annually by DEFR A. ‘Tonnes per FTE’ are these emissions divided by the average Full Time Equivalent of EDF Energy employees during the year.