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Making it easy for firms to go green

Energy and utilities consultancy Utilitywise is making it easier for their customers to become carbon neutral thanks to a groundbreaking approach to carbon offsetting.

Adam Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of Utilitywise

Last year the UK produced 549 million tonnes of CO2 with business being responsible for about 15% of green house gas emissions according to figures published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

With Utilitywise’s ‘pay-as-you-go’ approach, clients are able to offset their carbon as it’s used by bundling the price for carbon credits into their energy bill.

Allowing firms to offset their carbon as it’s used not only takes the hassle out of going green but means unlike traditional carbon offset schemes businesses aren’t landed with a big one-off bill when they can least afford it. Whether it is carbon credits or energy consumption, Utilitywise’s clients only pay for what they use.

Utilitywise negotiates with the CarbonNeutral Company to purchase carbon credits upfront which allows its customers to spread the cost out over time, simplifying the process of going green.

The Carbon Trust has shown that 70% of people want businesses to disclose their carbon emissions and 56% of people are more concerned about businesses’ actions to reduce their impacts on climate change than they were five years ago.

Utilitywise’s Carbon neutral project goes hand in hand with its commitment to reducing firms’ energy consumption, including its Edd:e energy monitoring system. On average Edd:e will show clients how they can reduce their energy consumption by 27%.

Alongside Edd:e, they also offer products that help businesses control and reduce their energy spend, including smart meters, free Energy Health Check, Energy Audit and the Ecofit of energy saving devices.

Adam Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of Utilitywise (pictured) said: “Utilitywise is committed to helping companies reduce their energy consumption and fuel costs but there’ll always be some carbon footprint, by signing up to our Carbon Zero Plan businesses can easily offset carbon as they go. We think this is the easiest way for firms to go green, there’s no guess work, no upfront bills and once you’re signed up you can relax in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the environment.”

The firm, which works with clients across the UK, plans to double in size after moving its 190 strong workforce into new premises in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. Its clients range in size from high street shops to multinationals with thousands of sites and cover the whole of the UK. In total, Utilitywise manages over 50,000 energy meters with an overall energy spend of approaching £200 million per annum.

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