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Environment

During the last decade we have seen climate change emerge as the greatest challenge facing the world. Fossil-fuel emissions have now been proved to contribute to global warming, damaging the ecosystems that support human life: these are two key areas we are focusing on.
At Narbonne, EDF Énergies Nouvelles built, in 2008, one of the 1st solar farm with a large capacity in Europe.

Inventing the electricity of the future with a low-carbon energy mix and CO2-free power generation

We already boast a large number of low-carbon power plants using hydro, nuclear, and wind power as well as a host of new renewable energies. Wherever we are located around the world, we continuously invest in new generation facilities that do not emit CO2.

  • Nuclear: in France, EDF is constructing the first EPR unit at Flamanville (Manche). its first KWh produced will be sold by EDF in 2016. Elsewhere, our nuclear projects have seen significant progress in three countries: China, the United States, and the United Kingdom, which has chosen to relaunch nuclear power in response to its energy and environmental challenges.
  • Wind: worldwide, EDF Energies Nouvelles put in service more than 3,500 MW installed capacity with more than one hundred wind farms. In Italy, Edison commissioned 2 power plants (122 MW) totalling 487 MW gross wind energy, i.e. 304.9 MW net at 31 December 2011.
  • Solar: EDF Energies Nouvelles, involved in Solar since 2007, had 494.1 MWc net capacity under construction, which is in line with its target of 500 MWc net installed capacity in photovoltaic solar power by the end of 2012.
  • Biomass: in 2011, the companies of the EDF Polska group generated 1.5 TWh using more than 1 million tonnes of biomass.

Developing low-carbon fossil-fired power plants

EDF Group's fossil-fired power plants, excluding gas, account for only 9.8% of its generation. As a priority, we are modernizing our existing power plants to improve their efficiency and reduce their CO2 emissions. To increase our generation capacities, we are turning to the least polluting technologies: supercritical power plants and combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGTs).
  • In France, our oldest coal-fired power plants will be closed by 2015. They will be replaced by combined-cycle gas turbines which are more efficient and emit less CO2. The Group is also continuing to work on carbon capture and storage. A carbon capture reseach demonstrator is being installed in the Le Havre coal-fired plant..
  • In the United Kingdom, EDF Energy has launched the construction of three CCGTs at West Burton (1,311 MW) and in China, the Group has held a 35% interest in a joint venture that operates a supercritical coal-burning fossil-fired power plant at Sanmexia 2.

Promoting energy eco-efficiency products and services

We are increasingly focusing our sales and marketing efforts on offers providing our customers with solutions to save energy, reduce their carbon footprint and turn to a combination of new energies. The companies in our Group are developing energy eco-efficiency offers tailored to the regulatory context of their country:

  • In France, supply-side electricity policies (rates or open pricing) offer incentives to customers to save energy and eliminate high consumption peaks. EDF relies on its 5,500 qualified Bleu Ciel d'EDF partners, 80 % of whom focus on low-carbon solutions, to provide services to residential and professional customers. Since 2006, EDF has participated in nearly 1,200,000 renovations, including 30% in public housing. More than 10,000 companies have been targeted by awareness campaigns, and a thousand opted for demand-side management solution.
  • In the United Kingdom, EDF Energy offers home energy surveys and is also involved in the government Community Energy Saving Programme for communities : it will finance insulation work in the homes of 100,000 vulnerable families in disadvantaged areas.

Activity and Sustainable
Development Report 2012

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Indicators 2012

EDF Group Sustainable Development Indicators 2012

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