28 Jun 12

EDF Energy wins two Business in the Community Awards for its environmental and community work

EDF Energy has won two prestigious Business in the Community (BiTC) awards for its work in tackling fuel poverty and excellence in environmental leadership.

The company, Britain’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, picked up the Jaguar Land Rover Building Stronger Communities Award and the Asda Environmental Leadership Award at last night’s ceremony in London.

Now in their 15th year, BiTC Awards for Excellence recognise the powerful and positive role that business plays in society.

The aim of the awards programme, which is independent and peer-assessed, is to showcase the best of responsible business in action.

EDF Energy won eight “Big Ticks” at this year’s BiTC Awards for Excellence, more than any other company in the UK. It won two National Examples of Excellence prizes and was one of only five companies to be shortlisted for the top award of Responsible Business of the Year.

EDF Energy took the Building Stronger Communities Award after impressing judges with its highly effective scheme for helping people struggling to pay their energy bills. Its three-year partnership with Plymouth Citizen’s Advice Bureau has benefitted 31,000 households in Devon and Cornwall, saving them on average £325 a year in lower fuel bills.

The scheme provided fuel-poor households access to trained advice workers who offered impartial guidance on overcoming fuel debt. It has now been rolled out nationwide following its success in the South West.

EDF Energy was also recognised with an award for its leadership in delivering a low carbon economy. The company has analysed its whole business in order to define its main environmental impacts. It has reduced its transport emissions by 38%, and is on the way to reaching its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions from commercial buildings by 30% by the end of 2012.

It also launched “The Pod”, a programme that helps schools reduce their emissions and educates children on climate change. The Pod has been highly successful with 45% of all UK schools and more than 5.5 million children involved in the programme.

Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive of EDF Energy, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Business in the Community has recognised our long term commitment to helping our customers and to the environment with these awards.

“Our pioneering, long-standing partnership with Plymouth CAB is a perfect example of the benefit of sharing knowledge through collaboration, helping to reduce fuel poverty in Devon and Cornwall, to the extent that is now seen as the model to follow to reduce fuel poverty on a national scale.

“The Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership recognises the efforts which we have made over a long period of time, not just to meet, but to exceed the requirements placed on us as an energy company. EDF Energy has led the energy sector in committing to tough targets for reducing carbon emissions not just from our own operations, but from the energy consumption of our customers too.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of BiTC said: “The Jaguar Land Rover Building Stronger Communities Award recognises all you have done in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau to address fuel poverty in the UK. It is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through strategic partnership and we look forward to sharing with colleagues.

“Congratulations also for winning the Asda Environmental Leadership Award. Yours is a truly inspiring story of how to go above and beyond mandatory requirements, and I know the judges were particularly inspired by The Pod’s work in schools.”

Prince Charles attended last night’s gala dinner along with Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes and Paralympian Liz Johnson, a member of Team EDF.