an introduction to EDF Energy
Our business is energy. But more than that, it’s about the future of energy. That’s the challenge we’re taking on in the next few years. Join us, and it’s a challenge you’ll be taking on too.
We are active in many areas of the energy industry: generation, energy supply and trading. In addition to nuclear, we have coal and gas generation as well as wind farms and combined heat and power plants. This gives us an exceptionally broad perspective on the energy market in the UK and leaves us poised to influence the UK’s energy strategy. In other words, we’re well placed to lead the industry towards a low carbon future.
More about us
We believe nuclear power has a key role to play in helping to address climate change and in ensuring secure and affordable supplies of energy are sustained in the UK. Our parent company, the EDF Group has unique experience in building and running nuclear power stations as the world's largest nuclear power generator with 58 plants. In early 2009 we acquired British Energy, growing our capacity to build new nuclear power stations in the UK. We have unique experience and understanding of the finances of new nuclear and we are confident that new plants can be built and run safely and economically without subsidy. That includes all the costs associated with construction, operation, decommissioning and waste disposal.
We’re certain that sustainability must be at the heart of any energy company’s long-term strategy. We want to lead the way in tackling the biggest environmental and social issues facing our industry and we’ve clearly defined our agenda through our climate and social commitments. Our targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions represent one of the biggest packages of environmental initiatives launched by any major British company. Our social commitments are a bold set of pledges covering a diverse range of challenges such as affordability, our supply chain, employee development, community investment and more.
Our ambition to maintain a team of high performing people means we have to actively engage with our employees. We want them to be involved in the business and to feel a shared sense of ownership in it. This means helping them to understand their role in achieving our business strategy, helping them to function as advocates of the business and providing them with the training, development and support to achieve great things, which will lead to EDF Energy’s competitive advantage. Following our employee survey, we are improving how we deliver leadership, customer focus, change management, accountability and empowerment across the business.
Nuclear New Build
The EDF Group is committed to its programme of producing safe, affordable and reliable low-carbon electricity. The Nuclear New Build business unit helps to deliver this programme in the UK. Our ambition is to build four new EPRs (nuclear reactors) in the UK, if the right investment framework is in place.
Our colleagues will bring their engineering excellence, skills and experience in nuclear and large-scale projects to the European pressurised water reactors (EPR) programme. At the same time we will work hard to build on our existing positive and productive relationship with the local communities. We will also build on our existing strong relationships with Government, regulators and other stakeholders in the new nuclear power stations.
Our existing nuclear power plants make a significant contribution to EDF Energy’s sustainable energy policy and the UK energy challenge to create secure, affordable energy at the same time as tackling climate change. In a typical year our nuclear power stations avoid the emission of over 30 million tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of removing five out of every eight cars from the UK roads. Safety is our number one priority. By operating our fleet safely and reliably, we will help maintain the public support and confidence that is essential to building new nuclear generation in the UK.