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Communisis goes renewable in wake of Green GB week

The communications specialist has signed a deal to source all its energy from renewable sources, reducing its carbon emissions by over 6,000 tonnes a year.

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The first Green GB week will encourage people and businesses to make changes to tackle global warming

The agreement will see the firm use electricity from solar, wind and tidal sources and comes into effect from October 2018. The firm uses an average of 16.5 MW of energy every year across its direct energy supplies within the UK, including offices and printing factories.

Mark Lewis, group strategic planning and commercial director at Communisis, comments: “Our major clients in the banking, insurance and utilities sectors want to work with companies that have adopted sustainable business practices, which is why this has been a key driver for change at Communisis in recent years. We are continually looking for ways to drive efficiencies to perform better, consume less and have a positive effect on the environment.”

The first Green GB & NI week is taking place this week, from October 15th until October 19th and will see top businesses in the UK make significant pledges to tackle climate change. According to the UK government, around 30 of the country’s largest companies have outlined plans to cut emissions.

Whether it’s getting rid of plastic cups or installing solar panels – everyone in business can play their part

HSBC UK Pensions Scheme will invest £250m in to the UK’s renewable energy infrastructure by investing in solar parks and wind farms. Firms like EDF Energy and John Lewis have pledged to cut their carbon footprints by electrifying their fleet of diesel lorries or by turning those lorries into bio-methane machines.

Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry comments: “We need businesses around the world to step up to the mark and today our largest companies are leading the way, making significant pledges worth millions to cut emissions while continuing to grow the green economy.

“Today I’m calling on all businesses, from family farms in Herefordshire to banks in the Square Mile, to take action to mark our first ever Green GB Week. Whether it’s getting rid of plastic cups or installing solar panels – everyone in business can play their part.”

The news comes just days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report warning of the damaging effects of global warming. The report warned that if the world fails to limit temperature rises to 1.5 °C, vulnerable countries such as low-lying island states are at risk.

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