Dixon has taken a major step towards achieving its ambition to halve the carbon
it emits by 2020 compared to 2010.
teamed up with SmartestEnergy, a leading supplier of renewable energy, to provide
electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydro-electric to all
offices that can procure their own supplies. This will see over a dozen offices
across the country switch to ‘green’ fuel.
deal is competitive against current standard energy contracts and is part of a
strategy to eventually use renewable energy to power construction site offices.
move is a logical next step for a company behind such sustainability exemplar
buildings as WWF’s new UK headquarters The Living Planet Centre and the
country’s largest non-residential Passivhaus development, Leicester
University’s new Centre for Medicine.
follows Willmott Dixon’s backing in 2014 of the Aldersgate Group’s campaign to
improve electricity labelling to allow companies to see the carbon implications
of energy purchasing; a key part of SmartestEnergy’s offer.
Chief Executive, Rick Willmott:
“Climate change is a major threat to our
planet and I believe every company is responsible for limiting its own impact
on the environment to reduce global warming.
It’s been a key priority for us and over the past five years we’ve
reduced our emissions relative to turnover by over 30%. We are now committed to
halving emissions by 2020 (compared with 2010) and better energy labelling has
helped us make the right decision when it comes to electricity purchase.”
SmartestEnergy’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Groves:
“Our Business and the Renewables Revolution report reveals how changes to
recent Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Scope 2 reporting protocol means that sourcing 100%
renewable electricity is one of the quickest and most effective ways of
are pleased to support Willmott Dixon in achieving their emission reduction
ambitions by 2020. If businesses are
going to choose renewable electricity they deserve to be fully informed about
where it comes from, so we’ve built a product that brings transparency to the
market. Our Emission Factor Model,
developed with support from the Carbon Trust and certified in accordance to the
GHG Protocol Product Standard, allows us to allocate renewable certificates
from just wind, hydro and solar sources to their tariff.”
Burbridge, Associate Director of The Carbon Trust:
“We’ve worked with
Willmott Dixon for a number of years, helping them become recognised as one of
the leading sustainability performers in construction. This included
the company achieving two separate certifications to the Carbon Trust Standard,
recognising real progress in reducing carbon emissions both in their operations
and across the supply chain. Willmott Dixon’s deal to buy renewable power with
SmartestEnergy underlines their commitment to the environment and makes good
business sense by demonstrating that sustainable options don’t have to be more