EDP has been following the evolution of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), in Portugal and worldwide.
In the most critical period of the Pandemic Situation, we had to suspend activities, but we provided our services to the population. We had more than 70% of employees working by teleworking and we had our operational teams and in our command centers to do it.
Now, facing the end of the State of Emergency in Portugal and in accordance with the guidelines of the official entities, we are preparing the return to a new normality, with a view to resuming activity and returning our employees to our facilities.
The preparation of our facilities is underway and the return of the first employees will take place on May 18th.
How will the returning plan be implemented?
The return of employees to the facilities will be organized in three phases and employees will be segmented into groups, in line with the recommendations of public health authorities.
The first phase provides for a progressive and segmented resumption of regular activity. The objective is to resume services, industrial and commercial activity that are strongly limited by teleworking, maintaining a high level of protection for employees, due to the risk of contagion still being moderate.
The second phase will start when most employees are able to return to their usual workplace. This phase includes a phased and progressive return to the company's facilities of the remaining services that are in teleworking, remaining active until there is a reduction in the level of public health risk to very low risk.
The third and last phase corresponds to the resumption of all activity, for all employees. It will be a time when the risk of contagion is residual or non-existent, due to the existence of group population immunization and/or the availability of a vaccine.
The first group includes employees with no social or health restrictions and whose return to the premises does not cause significant constraints for their personal and family life.
These employees are integrated into the facilities from the transition phase.
Employees who have minors under their care or are caregivers, with no alternative to guarantee care for their household, who are therefore unable to be included in group 1.
These employees are integrated into the facilities from the transition phase in case of extreme need for service or if they are available. In the monitoring phase, they will be gradually integrated.
The last group includes employees who are part of risk groups or who have specific health problems, even if not directly linked to Covid-19. These will be the last to return to the facilities.
Return with safety
Ensuring the return of our employees with maximum security is our priority. For this, we will apply security measures on their return.
Upon their return employees will have access to measures such as:
In addition to these measures, we have also reviewed our facilities to allow that:
- the workstations maintain a minimum distance of two meters, at 360º, between them;
- cleaning and disinfection of buildings to be more frequent than usual;
- meetings with a limited number of participants (we will continue to promote meetings remotely).
On May 18th, EDP stores in Portugal will reopen their doors to the public. Don't forget that we continue to be available through digital channels.
We want to guarantee your safety and the safety of our employees. Find out all the details on the websites of our energy trading companies:
We keep our commitments
We continue to invest in Portugal
We are committed to helping preserve liquidity, investment in the economy and employment in Portugal. Therefore, we will maintain the total investment (capex and opex) planned for Portugal, for the year 2020, at a total of more than one billion euros.
We continue to promote employment in Portugal
We know that people are our main asset, so we decided to keep the plan to hire a total of 700 people foreseen for the Group, 300 of which are for Portugal, until the end of the year 2020.
With this plan, EDP expects, gradually and without compromising the safety of its employees, partners and customers, to resume normality in its business areas.
The execution of this plan of return to the premises will always be aligned to the legislation in force and to the decisions of the government, as well as of the national and international public health authorities. The definition of this strategy also followed the guidelines presented by the European Commission in the “Joint European Roadmap towards Lifting the Covid-19 Containment measures”.