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Edinburgh International Science Festival and EDF Energy announce new partnership

Posted: 18 January 2017

Yesterday, EDF Energy announced a new three-year partnership with Edinburgh International Science Festival at the opening, by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, of a new centre for EDF Energy Renewables in Edinburgh.

EDF Energy’s CEO, Vincent de Rivaz, announced the partnership, which will enable the company to continue and expand its wider programme to inspire Scottish youngsters to take up careers in science and technology and to boost skills in education. The partnership will make the company the headline sponsor of the annual, two-week Edinburgh International Science Festival and Generation Science, the Festival’s primary school education programme, which tours Scotland each Spring.

He also signed the Scottish Business Pledge, the Scottish Government initiative to boost productivity, competitiveness and the involvement of workers in businesses.

EDF Energy is Scotland’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, producing 40% of the country’s electricity, employing more than 1,300 people and supplying Scotland’s local authorities, schools, public buildings and hospitals.

EDF Energy Renewables’ new Edinburgh centre will support its development plans in Scotland. It already has 270 MW of wind power in operation in Scotland, 215 MW under construction, 400 MW consented and 800 MW of capacity in planning and development.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“EDF Energy’s commitment to the Scottish Business Pledge is demonstrable – investing in a plethora of STEM activities for young people, employing more than 50 Modern Apprentices and achieving Living Wage accreditation. Their three-year investment in the Edinburgh International Science Festival further cements their ambitions with regard to community engagement at a cultural and educational level.

EDF Energy Vincent de Rivaz CEO said:

“Scotland matters to EDF Energy. We are determined to play a big role in developing the country’s energy potential and boosting the long term benefits for industry, jobs and skills. Sponsoring Edinburgh International Science Festival, the opening of a new wind farm and the Edinburgh renewables centre are further evidence of our commitment to Scotland.”

Director of Edinburgh International Science Festival Dr Simon Gage said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome EDF Energy as the headline sponsor for Edinburgh International Science Festival and Generation Science.

“EDF Energy has been a long-standing supporter of our work and shares our commitment to educating and inspiring the next generation. We believe the imaginative use of science, technology, engineering and maths can make the world a more equitable and sustainable place and we want to encourage people of all ages, but particularly young people, to engage with the challenges and opportunities facing our world.

“Through these shared values we have developed a new three-year partnership that will allow us to expand the reach of our activities and deliver world-class events and activities to people of all ages, across Scotland, through our annual Edinburgh festival and national schools touring programme.”