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EDF Energy publishes 2013 Annual Sustainability Report


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“We have made strong progress in 2013. Our eight nuclear power stations produced 60.5 TWh of low-carbon electricity, our best performance to date. And many milestones have been met as we continue to lead the UK’s nuclear renaissance through our project at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.”
Vincent de Rivaz, CEO, EDF Energy

EDF Energy has today published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the progress the company has made in meeting a range of ambitions on tackling climate change, powering the country with low carbon energy and delivering sustainability education programmes for children.

Key findings include:

  • EDF Energy’s eight nuclear power stations produced 60.5 TWh of low-carbon electricity in 2013. This is the company’s best performance in eight years and enough energy to power around 50% of UK homes.
  • EDF Energy abated 1.88 million tonnes of CO2 from customer energy consumption in 2013, up from 0.98 million tonnes in 2012.
  • By December 2013, EDF Energy had reduced emissions from its commercial buildings to 1.37 tonnes per FTE* against a 2012 target of 1.4 tonnes per FTE. EDF Energy met its target to cut CO2 emissions from its commercial buildings by 30% from 2008 levels.
  • The company surpassed the Government’s targets for installing energy efficiency measures in thousands of homes under the government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
  • EDF Energy achieved its best ever safety performance in 2013, with a ‘Lost Time Incident Rate’** of 0.47 incidents per million hours worked. It also nearly halved its ‘Total Recordable Incident Rate’***to 0.84 per million hours worked.
  • EDF Energy was the cheapest major dual fuel energy supplier for 49 out of 52 weeks in 2013, for customers paying by monthly direct debit at typical consumption.
  • More than 50% of UK schools have registered to EDF Energy’s award-winning sustainable schools programme, The Pod, which provides free educational resources on energy, science and sustainability.

The report also outlines some of the key issues for the company.

The European Commission’s State Aid investigation is currently scrutinising the investment contract for Hinkley Point C, EDF’s planned new nuclear power station in Somerset. The inquiry is proceeding as expected and in time for a decision in the Autumn.

In addition, the energy regulator Ofgem is currently consulting on whether to refer the energy supply market to the Competition and Markets Authority for investigation. EDF Energy first called for an inquiry in 2012 to help to restore trust in the market, and fully supports the investigation.  

The Annual Sustainability Report also outlines a number of actions that EDF Energy is taking to improve the way it engages with environmental groups following a protest held at the company’s West Burton station in 2012.   

Will Hutton, previously Chair of the company’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel, led a consultation process with a number of stakeholders across industry, media and politics, as well as environmental campaign groups, to look at what lessons the company could learn from the demonstration and subsequent legal action.

Following the consultation process, a number of recommended actions were agreed upon for EDF Energy to carry out, some of which have already been implemented.

The recommended actions include:

  • Facilitating regular discussions with representatives from sustainability organisations, NGO’s and protest groups.
  • Working with external partners to ensure that EDF Energy’s communications about its strategy are simpler and more accessible.
  • Replicate best practice already seen at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C site, such as establishing a ‘Protest Liaison Team’, to facilitate lawful protest.

The company’s levels of carbon dioxide emissions are also detailed in its 2013 Annual Sustainability Report.

Last year, EDF Energy’s intensity of carbon dioxide emissions was 256g of CO2 per kWh. This is a 1.7% increase on the emissions of 2012 and was largely driven by increased output from the company’s two coal power stations in Nottinghamshire. Coal stations are not low carbon, however, they will play a key role in ensuring security of supply during the transition to new low carbon generation in the early 2020s.

EDF Energy has strengthened its ambition in this area, and aims to reduce the intensity of its CO2 emissions to 100g of CO2 per kWh or less, by 2030. This is a decrease of more than 60% on the company’s current emissions level.

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