All 127 of RSPB’s sites across the UK – encompassing all of its offices, visitor centres and reserves – are now powered by 100% green electricity from Ecotricity, Britain’s first green energy company announced today.
The move is part of the RSPB’s continued commitment to green energy in the UK.
The RSPB’s total UK electricity requirements are approximately 3.5 million kWh/annum¹ across 127 sites, which range from single person offices to a HQ in Bedfordshire housing over 500 staff.
If that amount of electricity were to be generated by a fossil fuel source, it would have resulted in 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere every year.
Harry Huyton, RSPB Head of Energy Policy, said: “Switching to a green energy company like Ecotricity is one of the most powerful and easy steps that individuals and businesses can take to speed the transition to a low carbon economy. We’re proud to have Ecotricity as our supplier and would encourage anyone to do the same.”
The RSPB is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 3 per cent per member of staff per annum through efficiencies in business, travel and office energy consumption, as well as renewable energy generation.
Chris Organ, Business Sales Account Manager at Ecotricity, said: “This is another great move from the RSPB and it really underscores their commitment to cutting their carbon emissions. It will certainly be pleasing to know the next time I visit one of RSPB’s sites that the lights are powered by the clean, green energy from Ecotricity.”
Ecotricity, the world’s first green energy company, recently announced that it was freezing energy bills for all customers in 2013, and has pledged never to buy or supply fracked gas to households and business customers in Britain.