Was it only ten days ago that Greenpeace hijacked EDF’s coal ship bound for Kingsnorth power station? The French power company has plans for a new coal-burning power station, the first in decades to use the dirtiest fuel we have. It supplies the coal for the power station at Drax, the single largest source of CO2 emissions in the country. It is a major player in the world’s coal industry, importing a grand 30 million tonnes of coal a year into Europe from around the world.
So how on earth can EDF be ‘the first sustainability partner’ of the 2012 Olympic Games, and convening the first ‘Green Britain Day‘ on Friday?
According to EDF’s press release, “Green Britain Day is a focal point for people to take action towards a more sustainable lifestyle.”
To support the spirit of the day, and subvert this exercise in corporate greenwash, I’d like to make a suggestion: as a positive action towards a more sustainable lifestyle, why don’t we take the opportunity of Green Britain Day to switch to Ecotricity.
Not least because, as you can see below, EDF’s Green Union Jack is lifted almost directly from Ecotricity’s.
- Don’t miss our guest post from Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, here.