10 Jun 16

EDF Energy publishes Better Energy Ambitions report, whilst making final for Responsible Business of the Year

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has published its 2015 Better Energy Ambitions report.

The report sets out the significant steps forward the company has taken in 2015, to continue to fulfil its ambition to be a long-term, responsible energy supplier.

Key achievements over 2015, detailed in the report include:

  • Achieving ‘best in class’ for our low rate of incidents in the workplace
  • Our support as an Official Partner for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the subsequent adoption of the Paris Agreement, which commits parties to limiting global temperature rise to 2°C
  • Continuing to make good progress towards 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
  • Recording the best ever performance of our nuclear power stations, as well as generating 9% more electricity from renewables compared to 2014 - strengthening our contribution to Britain’s low-carbon energy supply
  • Rated top amongst the major energy suppliers by the Customer Satisfaction Index and in Citizens Advice’s supplier performance table for the last quarter of 2015
  • Reporting that around 45% of our customers are on fixed-tariffs, compared to an industry average of 30%; vindicating our work to encourage our customers to engage with their supplier and with the energy market
  • Investing significantly in our people and developed a pipeline of talent, with the opening of Cannington Court - our new training facility - as well as the launch of Pretty Curious; our programme to tackle the lack of women taking up careers in STEM

The publication of the report comes as EDF Energy makes the final for Responsible Business of the Year, in recognition of our sustainability work and decarbonising the British electricity sector. Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards independently recognise and showcase companies that have had a positive impact on the environment, on society, and their people.

EDF Energy has also received shortlisted status in three additional categories, including:

  • Environmental Leadership, for our work to tackle the skills shortage in low-carbon
  • Excluded Groups, for our Steps into Work programme; designed to help adults with disabilities enter long-term employment
  • Education, for our Big Energy Project; encouraging youngsters in deprived areas to consider energy issues from an early age. By harnessing their passion and commitment, they inspire their peers, families and communities to change behaviours and become more energy efficient. We have also made the final for this category.

The results will be announced on 11 July 2016 at Business in the Community’s National Awards Gala Dinner.

EDF Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Vincent de Rivaz said:

“We have made strong progress in 2015, having maintained our position as Great Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity and largest supplier to British businesses. In 2016 and beyond we will balance the need to deliver our long-term vision while addressing the short-term opportunities and challenges.

“The wholesale market is increasingly challenging and the residential market is increasingly competitive. EDF Energy will continue to innovate to meet these challenges in 2016. We will also maintain our leadership in the decarbonisation of Great Britain’s electricity sector, with the practice of sustainability and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.”

EDF Energy’s Better Energy Ambitions report is reviewed by Corporate Citizenship, who independently assure the report’s performance measurements.

Please click here to view the full report.

For more information contact:

Craig Owen
External Communications Officer - Customers

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 over 5 million 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 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

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