20 Jul 15

Recycled footwear from Torness helps the RNLI

An innovative idea has allowed employees at EDF Energy’s Torness power station to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) raise more funds to save lives at sea.

Torness employs around 750 full time staff and contract partners and the majority need to wear personal protective equipment which includes a boiler suit, eye protection, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat and steel toe capped boots.

Once the boots have done their job at the station they are now being sent to the RNLI for sale to raise money for the charity. The charity cleans up the boots and sells them at a cost of £2 or more each. The last consignment of 180 pairs will help raise at least £360.

Torness power station director, Paul Winkle said, “We are really pleased to be able to help such a worthwhile charity in this way. I hope this is the start of something really great that we can continue.”

Dunbar coxswain Gary Fairbairn said, “We are delighted to pair up with Torness power station and find a use for their old boots which will benefit the RNLI and help the charity to raise money and continue to save lives at sea. Dunbar’s all-weather lifeboat is moored near the power station and this fundraising initiative strengthens the relationship between the RNLI and Torness.”

For more information contact:

Lindsey Ingram
External Communications Manager - Scotland
01355 846283
07813 230379

Notes to editors

Pictured are:

Gary Fairbairn, Coxswain of Dunbar lifeboat, receiving the footwear for recycling from Stephen Simpson of Workplace Solutions at Torness power station.

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.