Power plants operate in our cultural landscape and as an integral part of society. We recognise the impact that our business has on the world we live in. We regularly reinvest in new technical updates and measures to improve the environmental performance of our existing power stations, as well as investing in new, low carbon energy across Europe.
We work closely with the communities we operate in and aim to carry out all aspects of our business in a responsible manner. After all, it is here that we create jobs and our employees live.
Through our education programmes we enjoy explaining the world of energy to everybody, including the ‘next generation’, delivered in schools in our communities. We keep our neighbours up to date about our work and always aim to support regional business near our sites.
RWE has a number of community programmes such as Companius, in Germany. Our foundation “RWE Stiftung”, for instance, helps to develop and fund many different innovative projects in Germany, ranging from educational facilities, encouraging artistic talent and helping children and young people from socially disadvantaged families.
In the UK, we have an extensive community programme that focuses on three key areas: education, environment and improving health. Our programme ranges from encouraging our employees to volunteer to ‘enthuse’ young children to choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects at school, to raising £5m for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
On a national level, we sponsor the sports of ice skating in the Netherlands, Football League in the UK and high-profile art exhibitions in Germany such as “The Ecstasy of Colour” at the Folkwang Museum in Essen.