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.