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Busy Doing Nothing

by Ollie Dearn

Energy firm EDF has unveiled a new brand campaign championing the company’s diverse electricity generation mix and its role as a significant contributor to tackling net zero. Busy Doing Nothing underlines the fact that, unlike many of its historical and start-up rivals, EDF is actually generating zero carbon electricity at scale* – not just selling it.

Its unique combination of wind, nuclear and solar energy production is highlighted in a new TV ad, the first since EDF consolidated its UK brand creative and media accounts into Havas earlier this year. Accompanied by video on demand and digital executions, it positions EDF as an energy firm making a tangible difference in helping the nation to achieve its net zero ambitions.

Set to Richard M. Sherman’s Busy Doing Nothing, it features EDF engineers up and down the country who have never been busier helping to reduce UK’s carbon emissions to nothing. It was shot at EDF locations across the UK including Hinkley Point B power station and the Hinkley Point C construction site, a solar panel installation on the roof of a Tesco in Bicester, its battery storage facility in West Burton, Teesside offshore wind farm, Torness power station in Scotland and Dorenell wind farm in Scotland.

It was created by Dan Cole and Andy Garnett at EDF’s lead strategic and creative agency, Havas London, and directed by Academy Films’ Marcus Söderlund, best known for his cinematic spots for brands including Audi, Volvo, Honda and Vodafone. Media planning and buying is through Havas Media Group, which was appointed to EDF’s brand account, in addition to its existing corporate remit,alongside Havas London earlier this year.

The campaign launched through an ITV Proudly Presents partnership, brokered by Havas Media Group, which saw a 10" ITV introductory ident and the first showing of the 60" advert during new Sunday night drama, Singapore Grip, last night (20 September).

Di Bowden, Head of Brand and Marketing at EDF, says: “A big energy company talking about being ‘green’ might seem obvious, but we’re not just talking about it, we are doing something about it. That’s the EDF difference.

“Together, we’re generating the right mix of zero carbon electricity, using wind, nuclear and solar, to power the nation today and building the infrastructure a low carbon Britain will need tomorrow. We’re also offering all our home and SME customers energy tariffs that are backed by zero carbon electricity as standard. From turbines to tariffs, electric cars to electric heating, we’re busy doing everything we can to help Britain achieve net zero and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

Vicki Maguire, Chief Creative Officer at Havas London, says: “Many energy companies tout their green credentials, but as we enter the deadline decade, offsetting alone won’t cut it. The solution lies not in re-selling, but production – and the fact is more than a fifth of the UK’s energy is produced by EDF. It’s about action, not words – and so the fact EDF is also the largest producer of zero carbon electricity is a tangible, compelling, urgent story, and one we are proud to help tell. There’s no company doing more to ensure we meet our net zero target.”


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