Our sustainability governance

We want to be held accountable for the commitments and targets we’re making. This is central to ensuring we keep our promises and why we report annually with an independent audit of progress.

We have established several bodies to oversee delivery of our sustainability agenda. The first is our Sustainable Business Committee (SBC), which is chaired by our CEO. Its purpose is to provide company-wide leadership in the delivery of EDF Energy’s Better Energy Ambitions.

The SBC is a standing committee of the EDF Energy Holdings Limited Board (the “Board”). Its primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities by reviewing the general policies and practices of EDF Energy Holdings Limited and its controlled subsidiaries in respect of sustainability.

Material issues discussed in 2015/16

Discussion Point

Challenge

Our Action

Sustainability Governance

Ensure that sustainability governance for Better Energy Ambitions is in place to support strategic changes to the way we do business.

Review of the governance structure to make sure that it is fit for purpose and delivers on our commitments.

Performance Management

Ensure that our Better Energy Ambitions performance is reviewed and direction is provided for improvement where appropriate.

Our Better Energy Ambitions performance scorecards developed for each of the six ambitions.

This is discussed at every meeting, as per the new terms of reference.

Better Energy Ambitions Report External Publication

Ensure that our performance is communicated to external stakeholders in a simple, transparent and open way.

Development of a high level Executive Summary Report and development of further detailed information on our website at www.edfenergy.com/about/ambitions

The second level is our Sustainable Business Panel (SBP) chaired by our Communications Director. This has senior representation from sustainability teams from across the business. The SBP is a key EDF Energy sustainability body that is composed of internal and external experts to challenge and support the business in its delivery of the EDF Energy Better Energy Ambitions. It is empowered by the SBC.

The SBP is concerned with the ‘Big Picture’ of our Better Energy Ambitions, to assess progress against the overall mission and the communication of our messages externally. The panel also works to ensure EDF Energy retain leadership in key areas next to best practice, external trends and challenges.

EDF Energy members are our Senior Leadership Team or equivalent. Members function as an internal and external ‘conscience’ for the business. External members have been appointed for their strategic role and/or for sustainability expertise. Internal members will be champions for making sustainability ‘business as usual’.

Material issues discussed at the SBP in 2015/16:

Discussion Point

Challenge

Our Action

Sustainability Governance

Ensure that sustainability governance for Better Energy Ambitions is in place to support strategic changes to the way we do business.

Review of the governance structure to make sure that it is fit for purpose and delivers on our commitments.

This revised governance is now published on our website at www.edfenergy.com/about/ambitions

Performance Management

Ensure that our Better Energy Ambitions performance is reviewed and direction is provided for improvement where appropriate.

Our Better Energy Ambitions performance scorecards developed for each of the six ambitions.

These are discussed at every meeting, as per the new terms of reference.

Better Energy Ambitions Report External Publication

Simplicity, transparency and openness in reporting.

Development of a high level Executive Summary Report titled “Our Better Energy Report” and development of further detailed information on our website at: www.edfenergy.com/about/ambitions

Decarbonisation challenge

More narrative required on output from all generation types. 

Our Better Energy Report now includes more detailed narrative on generation output.

Radioactive waste and spent fuel

Additional narrative is required in the public domain.

Narrative to be included in the Better Energy report in 2016.

 

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Better Energy Ambitions Report

Our report covers progress on our Better Energy Ambitions which are our plan for a sustainable business.

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