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EDF named universities’ green supplier of choice

Published: 3 December 2020 - Rachael Morling

A recent study by Uswitch looking into UK universities’ commitment to renewable energy, shows EDF as the green supplier of choice.

EDF has been named the green supplier of choice in the Uswitch Renewable University Report 2020 looking into UK universities' commitment to renewable energy. 
 
The study examined which universities are doing the most to limit their effect on the environment and found that 51% of those on renewable tariffs use EDF as their supplier. 
 
With university students often champions of climate change, and 80% wanting their institution to be doing more on sustainable development, the research aimed to discover which universities are taking the necessary steps to reduce their own footprint on the planet. 
 
As one of the UK’s largest suppliers of electricity to businesses, EDF is working to change the way UK organisations use energy, supporting the transition to a low carbon system, both through low and zero carbon energy tariffs and other solutions including renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), on site renewable energy generation and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
 
Appointed by The Energy Consortium (TEC) framework in 2016, EDF provides electricity to a portfolio of customers in the public sector across England and Wales, including the majority of Universities along with colleges, museums and research establishments. The availability of low carbon and renewable power was critical in the selection of the framework supplier both in 2016 and this year, when EDF’s contract was renewed, along with the ability to deliver long-term electricity from TEC’s own onshore wind PPA. 
 
Richard Murphy, Managing Director of TEC said: “Recognition of EDF’s renewable supply and the procurement arrangements which deliver them via TEC is testament to the desire among Universities to support the nation and the planet in carbon reduction. EDF have consistently offered the widest range of options, from low carbon electricity generated in the UK’s nuclear power stations to wind and solar generation through bespoke arrangements in TEC’s framework.”
 
Matt Nunn, I&C Sales Director at EDF added: “We are incredibly pleased to be recognised by Uswitch in this study, and it’s great to see universities switching onto green, renewable tariffs such as ours. With a good amount of universities already on these tariffs due to TEC’s framework, we aim to build on this success as we grow our UK portfolio and encourage more universities to make the switch. As the leading generator of zero carbon electricity, we have the expertise to support this industry in its sustainability agenda and reduce carbon emissions, all helping towards EDF’s aim of helping Britain achieve Net Zero.”
 
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, commented on the positive news of universities: “It’s great to see that some universities are going above and beyond when it comes to sustainability. Having renewable installations on campus and schemes in place to produce more of their own renewable energy shows that they are leading by example in trying to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. While not every university will have the same financial resources to generate their own power, it’s good to see that they are willing to “go green” by choosing a renewable energy tariff from their supplier.”


 
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