The study compared the performance of 13 power utilities operating in the UK judged on 37 criteria, including availability of green electricity contracts, sustainable gas provision, on-site renewable energy and heat generation and advice on energy management and climate change legislation.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies, supplying over 5.5 million homes and businesses, and a leading producer of low-carbon electricity. The company has also positioned itself at the centre of the UK’s putative revival of nuclear power with plans for four new plants.
“Sustainability is at the heart of EDF Energy,” says Laurent Mineau, head of the company’s B2B services. “We look to help our customers to use less energy… meaning our business customers are able to place great trust in the energy savings we promise and help them to deliver.”
As well as EDF Energy, Verdantix also looked at Centrica, E.ON Energy, Ecotricity, Gazprom, GDF Suez UK, Good Energy, Haven Power, RWE npower, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power, SmartestEnergy and Total Gas and Power. Of those, Centrica, E.ON and RWE npower also have well-formed sustainability strategies.
According to the report, customers are increasingly looking for energy management services from their utility to improve efficiency, save costs and ensure that they are meeting the requirements of new legislation.