12 Sep 23

EDF to invest £4.5bn this year in clean, secure and affordable energy as it releases progress update

Investment is part of EDF’s £50bn plan to help build and maintain the country’s Net Zero infrastructure
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EDF will invest £4.5bn this year as it continues to help build and maintain the country’s Net Zero infrastructure.

Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity has today (Tuesday) released its annual update, showing the progress it has made as part of its plan to enable £50bn investment in helping the country be carbon net zero by 2050.

EDF achieved a major milestone this year when its carbon intensity at point of generation reached 0gCO2/MWh, which means that EDF now only generates zero carbon electricity.

In the report, the energy provider sets out its progress to achieving the goal of helping customers avoid 5MtCO2e per annum through low-carbon solutions.

EDF helped customers avoid 0.5MtCo2 in 2022 with the installation of smart meters, EV chargers, heat pumps and solar panels. It also funded the installation of more than 15,500 efficiency measures as part of the ECO4 scheme. In 2021, it helped customers avoid 0.3MtC02e.

EDF will continue to invest in maintaining its renewables and nuclear generators, aiming to build three 50MW solar farms in Porth Wen, Sutton Bridge and Burwell, while the Neart na Gaoithe 450MW offshore wind farm will have the potential to supply around 375,000 Scottish homes by 2024. EDF completed the construction of the 30MW West Benhar wind farm, while EDF Renewables’ largest onshore wind farm in Europe, the 177MW facility in Dorenell has provided power for around 106,000 homes since 2019.

The energy provider will continue its investment in nuclear by building a 3.2GW European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. There are advanced plans to develop a similar 3.2GW EPR project at Sizewell C in Suffolk. The decision to extend the life of Heysham 1 and Hartlepool to 2026 will boost Britain’s energy security and Net Zero goals.

The report details how the energy provider has reduced its total carbon emissions by 17% compared to 12 months previously, driven by a 91% decrease in Scope 1 (emissions that occur from sources that are controlled or owned by EDF). Scope 3, emissions which EDF is indirectly responsible for up and down its value chain, represents 99% of total emissions.

The report also presents how EDF aims to have a positive impact on biodiversity, to contribute to the circular economy and to make a strong socio-economic contribution, supporting customers, local economies and communities and the STEM skills of tomorrow’s energy innovators.

Simone Rossi, CEO at EDF, said: “Much has happened since we set out our purpose to help Britain to achieve Net Zero three years ago. Two years of energy crisis have been a stark reminder that progress to Net Zero must also deliver secure and affordable energy for homes and businesses.

“Action at scale and pace is needed. At EDF we are unwavering in our commitment because we are clear what’s good for Net Zero is good for Britain’s energy security and protects customers from volatile energy prices. A just transition also creates massive economic opportunity for businesses and communities up and down the country.

“That’s why alongside our Net Zero ambitions, our sustainable business plan sets out how we continue to support our customers, provide a great place to work and make a broad positive contribution to society.”

The full report can be found here.

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission, electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity(1) and supplies millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from five nuclear power stations and more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and there are advanced plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with more than 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 5GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity, selling energy back to the grid or installing a heat pump. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 11,000 people at locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.