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Willmott Dixon to use Renewable Energy in UK Offices

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has partnered with sustainable energy supplier SmartestEnergy to power more than a dozen of its offices with renewable energy.

The firm, which is family-owned and based in Hertfordshire, is already the recipient of two Carbon Trust Standard certifications.. It will use the supplier to provide renewable energy through a contract that is standard yet ‘competitive’. This arrangement will eventually be expanded to use renewable energy to supply all of Willmott Dixon’s offices.

The collaboration is a component in the construction group’s goal to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2020 compared to a 2010 benchmark. If achieved, emissions intensity will be cut down to 9.25tCO2e per £m of turnover, compared to 18.3tCO2e in 2010.

Rick Willmott, chief executive of Willmott Dixon, said that climate change threatens the safety of the planet. He insisted that every company needs to limit its own particular impact on the environment and take part in reducing global warming.

Mr Willmott said that emissions reduction has been a key priority for the company and for over five years Willmott Dixon has reduced its emissions relative to turnover by over one-third. Right now the company is committing to cutting its emissions in half by 2020 and improved energy labelling has helped it make more informed electricity purchasing decisions.

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The input from SmartestEnergy will include the electricity supply’s carbon footprint and source, which is expected to be hydro-electric, wind, and solar, as part of its new labelling strategy. Launched in 2015 and Carbon Trust-certified, the labels use a Tariff Emission Factor Model to produce a verified connection between consumers and energy generation.

Robert Groves, chief executive for SmartestEnergy, said that the company’s Business and the Renewables Revolution report indicates how recent changes to the reporting protocol for GHG Scope 2 mean that sourcing electricity that is 100% renewable is one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower emissions.

Mr Groves said that SmartestEnergy was pleased to help Willmott Dixon reach their emission reduction goals by 2020. He pointed out that if companies are going to opt for renewable electricity sources they should be fully aware of where it comes from, so it has created a product that involves complete transparency.

Willmott Dixon, which was named Sustainable Business of the Year at the Sustainability Leaders Awards, also directed the WWF Living Planet Centre and the massive Passivhaus project at Leicester University’s new Centre for Medicine.

The Energy Efficiency theatre at edie Live, which is scheduled for May 17 and 18, will demonstrate how lowering energy consumption is a major victory for sustainability from both an economic and environmental point of view.

 

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