Yorkshire Building Society has achieved full carbon neutral status and has switched from its standard electricity supplier to ‘green electricity’ in all of its 131 branches across the UK.
80% of all energy used by Yorkshire Building Society will be switched to energy produced from renewable sources over the next four months. The remaining 20% of the energy used is from gas power.
Yorkshire has for a number of years been reducing its CO2 emissions, and whilst it has now achieved full carbon neutral status, accredited by the CarbonNeutral Company, it has a number of other initiatives planned aimed at continuing to reduce its carbon footprint.
These include identifying further recycling opportunities, promoting lower CO2 and alternatively fuelled company vehicles and an awareness campaign amongst employees to encourage energy saving practices.
Yorkshire environment manager Mary Blackwell says: “As a mutual organisation it is important for us to be a responsible corporate citizen not only in the communities where we operate but also to the wider environment. Becoming carbon neutral is one way we have been able to demonstrate this and to announce our achievement today, World Environment Day, seems appropriate.
She adds: “We have agreed targets with the CarbonNeutral Company for reducing our carbon footprint year on year and I’m confident that we will achieve these goals. We have got lots of activities planned over the coming months, which will encourage staff to think green whilst at work and also at home. I’m determined that the effort we are putting in will make a real difference.”