EDT is the GDF SUEZ subsidiary that produces and distributes electricity to nearly 80,000 people living on more than twenty islands in French Polynesia, including Tahiti, which in 2009 alone accounted for 80% of the subsidiary's total sales.
EDT is committed to working with the territory to help implement policies that will ensure a secure energy future. To this end, EDT has adopted an action plan that calls for an exacting, professional approach to its operations and projects on all of the islands.
Several special-purpose environmental protection approaches have been developed, in particular the Quality, Safety and Environment program adopted by the Group several years ago. More narrowly focused initiatives are also in place, such as the program to bury the distribution infrastructure and the program to develop renewable energy sources. In fact, more than 25% of electricity in French Polynesia, and more than 30% in Tahiti, already comes from hydroelectric power.
A number of initiatives are already underway as part of this program to develop renewable energy sources, such as:
- Installation of photovoltaic capacity on the Puurai building and on the island of Mataiva,
- Improvement in the existing hydroelectric facilities in Nuku Hiva,
- Research into the potential for wind power in French Polynesia (in progress since 2008),
- Establishment of a communications policy highlighting energy savings.
EDT has also made corporate social responsibility commitments in the region by supporting social, cultural and sports initiatives such as SAGA, the Telethon, the Pacific International Documentary Film Festival (FIFO), and the Science Festival. In addition, the Group has distinguished itself over the past two years through active support in the Va’a outrigger paddling race milieu.