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Climate Action 2014-2015

Combating climate change

Combating climate change SUPPORTING C AND REGIONS Throughout the world, cities and regions are central to the energy transition. Recognising the crucial role they can play in the move to a low-carbon economy, the EDF Group provides them with concrete, customised solutions that help combat climate change. As a leading producer of low-carbon energy with an 85%(1) carbon-free energy mix, the EDF Group concurs with the view that cities and regions have a central role to play in fighting climate change. CO 2 emissions are a global issue but reducing them calls primarily for local solutions that are tailored to local conditions and therefore more effective and more acceptable to the public. With their expanding populations and growing economies, cities – both old and new – must now take a comprehensive approach to energy that encompasses quality of life, mobility, housing, poverty reduction, social inclusion and biodiversity. This approach applies to all their projects, large and small. Meanwhile, regions are also taking the new approach on board to meet the challenges of ensuring social cohesion, secure energy supply and regional development while reducing environmental impact and energy spending. To address all these issues, the EDF Group considers it has a duty to do more than simply supply power. (1) 95.9% in France EDF AND THE R20 The EDF Group believes in working with regions and cities to test innovative energy solutions. The Group has been a partner of the R20 – Regions for Climate Action since the organisation’s inception. The work of the R20 ties in with two of EDF’s major concerns: low carbon electricity to fight climate change and the local and regional focus of its activities. REGIONAL OUTREACH AS PART OF EDF’S DNA Founded in France in 1946, whilst building a vast hydropower programme in order to supply a devastated mainland France with the energy needed for post-war reconstruction, EDF was born. The resulting regional focus shaped the way EDF operates and underpins its overall assessment of challenges and goals, vision of the public interest, ability to address issues on different scales and attention to resource sharing and dialogue. As the world moves to bring about the energy transition in order to tackle climate change, EDF’s longstanding relationship with the regions is again coming into its own. The Group works closely with elected officials and the public at large – its primary stakeholders – to devise and provide local energy solutions tailored to the specific features of the regions with which it works. In eastern Morocco, for example, the Group and its partners are engaged in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The focus is on building performance, consumption reduction and street lighting. But combating climate change requires more than technical solutions; it also involves changing behaviour. The

ITIES EDF Group is therefore working in partnership with ADEME and its Moroccan counterpart ADEREE to support these Moroccan projects by raising public awareness of energy and climate issues and the need to control energy spending. EDF and its partners are also drawing up guidelines in line with the country’s new thermal regulations to ensure that buildings are designed from the outset to be more energy efficient and consume less. INNOVATING ACROSS THE BOARD In France’s north-eastern Moselle department, 150,000 people commute to Luxembourg every day by car. To help cities and regions achieve their sustainable mobility goals, the EDF Group is engaged in a programme aimed at switching from fossil fuels to electricity, focusing transport policy on electric systems and reducing CO 2 emissions in cross-border areas. As part of the European Lites (LED-based intelligent street lighting for energy saving) research programme, EDF is working with the city of Bordeaux to introduce a new automated street lighting system. The programme will install 44 new all-LED street lights in the Jardins de Carreire pilot site in the city’s western suburbs. The light level will be regulated according to the presence of people in the area. The technology delivers security and safety while reducing CO 2 emissions and cutting the electricity bill by an expected 70%. In Chambéry, a Group subsidiary, EDF Optimal Solutions, has just refurbished more than 41,000 m2 of buildings belonging to the French Ministry of Defence. Over a period of two years, work was carried out to insulate the premises, install a heating network supplied by a wood-fired boiler and lay solar carpets on all roofs to heat water. A building management system controls all installations. The estimated gains are a 50% cut in CO 2 emissions and a 46% cut in energy consumption. If these targets are not met, the EDF subsidiary makes a commitment to pay the difference. A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN SINGAPORE For the Housing and Development Board in Singapore, EDF developed an urban modelling tool that encompasses and combines a number of goals: renewable energy use in buildings, energy network management, water management and sustainable mobility. The software uses virtual augmented reality to simulate a range of scenarios that help local elected officials and their technical departments gain a better overview of the issues and support their decision making process. In addition, EDF has opened an Asian Sustainable Cities Centre of Excellence in Singapore. THE EDF GROUP WORKS TO PROMOTE UNITED NATIONS RECOGNITION OF CITIES AS A NEW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVE Photo credit : EDF – Philippe Eranian design