Meaningful relationships between business and society are at the heart of EDF Renewable Energy’s mission, which includes a shared goal of building a cleaner world for tomorrow. Social responsibility plays a central role in all aspects of our business – from the offices where we work to the staff we hire and the organizations we support.
To demonstrate our gratitude, we are committed to enriching the communities where we live and work. The nature of our business is to make a difference in the world by producing clean, renewable energy that can help power our lives in the most economical, environmentally and socially responsible ways possible. At EDF RE, we attribute much of our success to the opportunities we encounter in the confluence of economic, environmental, and social forces. Approaching these opportunities responsibly is the lifeblood of our corporate culture.
Wind, solar, bioenergy and hydro are clean and renewable resources that are fighting climate change in a big way. Alternative energy helps offset two of the most damaging effects of traditional electricity generation; air pollution and depletion of our natural resources. EDF RE goes beyond simply complying with the local, state and federal standards to ensure that the construction of our energy facilities are managed in a way that is considerate of the environment. Our team of environmental experts, perform a thorough analysis of the entire project and consider the environmental implications while finding innovative solutions to preserve habitat and wildlife. Our commitment doesn’t stop in the field we also consider the environment where we work and live.
Our internal sustainability committee’s mission is to promote environmental awareness and reduce EDF Renewable Energy’s carbon footprint through the implementation of energy efficiency, waste reduction, and educational programs. Our corporate office is LEED certified and 3-4% of our electricity is supplied by solar panels located on our rooftop. We have plans to expand the solar array this year and double its capacity. In addition, We are currently pending a permit to be issued to install 10+ electronic vehicle chargers (EVC’s) by mid-year in 2016.
We all need to be personally accountable for our safety and for the safety and well-being of those around us. Safety is more than just a priority at EDF RE – it is a core value and an integral part of our culture. Protecting the safety and health of our workforce is fundamental to our business.
We are committed to investing in the next generation of leaders and innovators through scholarship, outreach and educational programs. The renewable industry has experienced phenomenal growth in technological advancement and for the industry to continue its success we want to encourage students to pursue careers in science and technology and know the importance of clean energy and how it works. We provide a variety of funding to the students in the communities where we work.
EDF Renewable Energy is committed to the community. We construct clean energy projects for third parties and also operate and maintain our own portfolio of projects. The life of a project is typically 20 to 25 years and we are committed to the community for the entire lifespan. Project development can revitalize a local community economically, through property tax and income from land leases, but also during the construction phase, when there is an increase in local business activity and temporary job creation.
EDF RE takes it a step further. Our employees have their boots on the ground and get involved in community events whether its charity work, fundraising or participation at local events. The development timeline can be anywhere from 2-5 years and we become engrained in these communities.
On several of our projects we have partnered with energy entrepreneurs who are leading members of communities and play an active role in project development for a share of project ownership in return. This gives the community a voice and engagement on how the projects are developed in their community while tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of farmers, ranchers and other community leaders across the country.