EDF Energy today announces the launch of Climate & Us; a new interactive website which aims to engage and educate individuals, businesses and communities on climate change and how it could affect where they live.
Developed in collaboration with the Met Office and the University of Exeter, the website will host a range of up-to-date content from both a national and regional level. Example content includes:
- An interactive map linking through to information on the challenges and opportunities each region in the UK faces, taken from the Climate Change Risk Assessment report.
- A community area with regular guest blog posts from experts covering everything from the latest news on climate change to insight from relevant conferences and government reviews.
- News items and information from regional partners, such as the Met Office, the University of Exeter and Climate SouthWest.
- Direct links to publications, media files, news stories, and government papers on climate change.
- A forum for users to discuss and share comments on topics regarding climate change.
Climate & Us features content for all UK regions, with a view to work more in-depth with each region on an ongoing basis, starting with the South West.
Peter Thorn, Community and Education Lead Manager at EDF Energy said: “We are thrilled to be launching Climate & Us in collaboration with the Met Office and University of Exeter. Climate change is a subject which affects everyone in the UK. Together, we hope we can help people to better understand specific issues affecting them at a national and regional level.”
Helen Featherstone, from the University of Exeter explained: “We were delighted to be able to use the University’s world-leading expertise in climate science to help to develop this very useful tool. The impacts of man-made climate change are being felt across the world constantly and it’s really important these factors, and how they affect the UK, are better understood by everyone.”
Dame Julia Slingo DBE, Chief Scientist for the Met Office, said: “Climate change poses many challenges and opportunities for all of us, so it’s important everyone can access reliable and up-to-date information to understand how it may affect them, both now and in the future. We’re pleased to be contributing Met Office science to Climate & Us to help ensure it’s a valuable resource which anyone can use.”
Each of the three organisations involved in Climate & Us brings something unique to the collaboration. EDF Energy is at the forefront of delivering low-carbon energy solutions for the future, the Met Office is a world leading authority on weather and climate, and the University of Exeter provides world-class interdisciplinary research to address the challenges of climate change.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation’s electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 5.8 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK’s nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.
In 2013 EDF Energy received seven “Big Ticks” in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards, including a Platinum Big Tick in BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index. EDF Energy also received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national 2013 Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod. The Pod’s waste recycling film was also highly commended in the Environment Award category of the 2013 tv/e Global Sustainability Film Awards.
EDF was an official partner and the official electricity supplier to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company supplied electricity to the Olympic Park which was backed by low-carbon sources: 80% from nuclear and 20% from renewable generation.
The Pod, EDF Energy’s programme for schools
Launched in September 2008, the Pod sits at the heart of EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools. It was developed to help EDF Energy meet its Sustainability Commitment of engaging with 2.5 million children by 2012 in learning about the sustainable use of energy. The Pod now has some 16,500 registered schools and seeks to engage young people on energy, science and sustainability. It aims to make real and measurable difference to the energy usage and carbon output of schools across the UK and to provide practical support, activities and materials for teachers. Climate & Us will build on the success of the Pod to-date, by empowering and supporting adults and communities to understand climate change at a local level and to respond or take action accordingly.
www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website for teachers providing free lesson plans, activities, games and information all with cross curricular links. The content is currently aimed at key stages 1, 2 and 3. The ethos of the Pod is ‘Share your ideas and inspire each other’, which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their green projects.
University of Exeter
The Sunday Times University of the Year 2012-13, the University of Exeter is a Russell Group university and in the top one percent of institutions globally. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 18,000 students and is ranked 8th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table, 10th in The Complete University Guide and 12th in the Guardian University Guide 2014. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 90% of the University’s research was rated as being at internationally recognised levels and 16 of its 31 subjects are ranked in the top 10, with 27 subjects ranked in the top 20.
The University has invested strategically to deliver more than £350 million worth of new facilities across its campuses in the last few years; including landmark new student services centres – the Forum in Exeter and The Exchange on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, together with world-class new facilities for Biosciences, the Business School and the Environment and Sustainability Institute. There are plans for another £330 million of investment between now and 2016.
As a world-leading weather and climate service, the Met Office works closely with governments, individuals and organisations to share our expert scientific knowledge and advice.
Around the clock, around the world, people need to know more about how the weather and climate will affect them now and in the future. Our knowledge can help people make wise choices and can make the difference between profit or loss, and even life or death.
The Met Office has been a pioneer for over 150 years. Our reputation for scientific excellence has been built through the understanding of our scientists and our close links with international academia.
As the UK’s national weather service, we generate forecasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We increasingly work in partnership with others to ensure people everywhere have access to our forecasts across mobile, web and broadcast platforms.
We are at the forefront of climate change research, playing a key role in helping determine the worldwide response to climate change. Our involvement in global collaborative projects includes advising the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).