26 Jun 15

EDF Energy publishes Better Energy Ambitions 2014 report

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has published its 2014 Better Energy Ambitions report, detailing its progress towards becoming a more responsible business.

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.

Key findings detailed in the report include:

  • The CO2 intensity from electricity generated fell to 246g CO2/kWh from 256g in 2013. The business is on track to achieve its 2020 and 2030 carbon intensity targets
  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) recognised the company’s strong health and safety performance and Zero Harm programme with their prestigious industry sector award
  • Significant progress was made towards making a final investment decision on Hinkley Point C, which will provide 7% of the UK’s electricity and will serve as a vital low-carbon source of electricity for decades to come
  • EDF Energy opened its first offshore wind farm at Teesside, which produces enough low-carbon power for around 40,000 homes
  • Its relative share of complaints to the ombudsman fell from 10% in 2013 to 5% in 2014
  • EDF Energy was the first energy company to meet its Government-set Energy Company Obligation (ECO) targets in December 2014, well ahead of the March 2015 deadline
  • The company supported the installation of 170,000 energy saving measures in 144,000 homes across England, Scotland and Wales
  • At the end of 2014, the number of schools registered on its award-winning sustainability education programme, the Pod, increased by almost 2,000 – reaching 60% of all schools in the UK

EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz said: “We achieved real progress in 2014 and maintained our position as Great Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity. However, we recognise that there is still more to do.

“I urge world leaders meeting at the COP21 conference later this year to negotiate an ambitious agreement that will unlock the global investment needed to drive a low-carbon global economy.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our business and EDF Energy is committed to leading the decarbonisation of the UK electricity sector and we intend to build on the achievements of 2014.”

In December 2015, the United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris will focus on reaching international agreement to limit the increase in global temperatures to two degrees.

Restricting the increase to two degrees means cumulative global emissions of carbon dioxide need to be limited to one trillion tonnes. The amount of global emissions is already half way towards hitting this number.

EDF Energy’s Better Energy Ambitions report is reviewed by Corporate Citizenship who independently assure the reliability of specified performance information it presents.

Click here to view the report.

For more information contact:

Megan Johnson
Media Officer (Customers)
07875 114691

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 power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 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 Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

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.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/