Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development program

Commitments and achievements

EDF Luminus takes concrete steps in favour of 10 goals

EDF Luminus was one of the first Belgian companies to publish its commitments regarding the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in the autumn of 2015.

 

The United Nations adopted their program for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, on 25 September 2015. The 17 goals are a global call to act to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all.

In 2015 already, EDF Luminus committed itself to four of the goals

Good health and wellbeing for employees (goal 3)

EDF Luminus’s ‘good health and wellbeing’ ambition remains ‘zero accidents’. This goal has almost been reached, as there have been no lost-time accidents reported since 2015: equalling three years without any work stoppage due to professional activities. This achievement is the result of constant improvement in practices and the integration of the security imperative in all of our policies and procedures. See the chapter “Health and Safety ” in this report.

Affordable and clean energy (goal 7)

Since 2015, EDF Luminus has invested 241.2 million euros in renewable energy. In 2017, EDF Luminus strengthened its leadership in the onshore wind energy sector, with a total of 376 MW at end-2017. In one year alone, 30 wind turbines were built – a new record in Belgium. The goal of EDF Luminus: a 600 MW wind park by 2021. See chapter « Renewable Energy » in this report.

Sustainable cities and communities (goal 11)

Starting in 2014, EDF Luminus has signed several partnerships with organisations committed to reducing their carbon footprint: the province of Liège, the cities of Ghent and Genk, etc. The renovation of street lighting, electric mobility, energy efficiency of buildings … these services are an integral part of the range of offers proposed by EDF Luminus to its customers. In 2017, the new Tondelier district benefited from the first extension of the district heating network of the city of Ghent, fed by the Gand-Ham plant. See the chapter « Energy efficiency for companies” in this report.

Climate action (goal 13)

EDF Luminus signed The Shift’s climate engagement letter in 2015 – and continues to measure its carbon footprint each year, in order to identify priority actions to reduce it. Aside from the development of the wind park and energy services, the renovation of hydroelectric plants or the optimisation of production units, actions also target paper consumption and the reduction of emissions from the car fleet. In a unique case in Belgium, EDF Luminus and KRC Genk have collaborated since June 2016 on the Genk stadium, renamed the Luminus Arena, to make it neutral in CO2 emissions by 2020. See the chapters « Energy efficiency of companies”, “Carbon footprint” and “« Renewable Energy » in this report

Since 2015, additional actions have been launched relating to six more goals.

Gender equality (goal 5)

Non-discrimination is a legal obligation that has long been inscribed in the EDF Luminus Code of Conduct. In 2016, the Executive Committee explicitly committed to managerial diversity. Following this commitment, training activities were set up to fight against unconscious bias. These actions should contribute to reinforcing employee diversity, which is a source of innovation for the company. See the chapter “Diversity” in this report.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure (goal 9)

Innovation is a strategic axis of EDF Luminus, at all levels. Solutions and interactions with customers, energy sources that are more respectful of the environment, etc… the investments are ongoing, both in production tools and information systems. A network of 25 fast recharging stations for electric cars was also installed in 2017. See chapters "Innovation" and " Carbon Footprint" in this report.

Responsible consumption and production (goal 12)

As part of its transformation, EDF Luminus has diversified its service offers, in order to become the first partner of its residential and business clients in the area of energy efficiency. In 2017, the development of the My Luminus application highlighted this desire to propose a large range of offers and tools, to help customers reduce their energy consumption, especially through the condensing boiler offer. See the chapters “Residential customer consumption” and « « Energy efficiency of companies” in this report

Life below water (goal 14)

The responsible operation of hydroelectric plants is a major point of attention for EDF Luminus. These contribute to limiting the company’s CO2 emissions, under profitable conditions, provided that they can be operated throughout the year. In 2017, a European subsidy was obtained for studying and minimising the real impact of hydraulic plants on the downstream migration of certain migrating fish species, as part of the Life for Fish project. See the “Biodiversity” chapter in this report.

Life on land (goal 15)

The preservation of biodiversity is one of the requirements facing the company, because of the potential impact of its activities on the environment. Certain actions are compulsory: compensatory measures established at a distance from certain wind farms, for example. Other actions, launched voluntarily on certain sites, aim to contribute in a positive way to the preservation of biodiversity. See the “Biodiversity” chapter in this report.

Partnerships for sustainable development (goal 17)

To achieve the goals of the United Nations, EDF Luminus works with multiple partners:

  • companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint (Spadel, Recibois, Katoen Natie, etc.) or innovative companies, such as is the case with the "Start it" project with KBC
  • regions, provinces and association of local authorities – with the setting-up of private-public partnerships aimed at financing renewable energy, such as e-NosVents or ActiVent Wallonie –the signing of agreements intended to sustain the use of hydraulic plants – or even partnerships with local authorities engaged in sustainable development, such as the province of Liège, the city of Ghent, etc..
  • • non-governmental associations and organisations, with varied goals – the collaboration with Goodplan as part of the Power to School project; the implementation of measures supporting biodiversity with Faune et Biotopes; the support of associations with which employees are involved, through the We Love Your Project program, etc.

See chapters « Stakeholders », « Energy efficiency of companies” and « Solidarity » in this report.