Opus Energy helps Sandwell Homes reduce its carbon footprint
on: December 9, 2008, 5:24 am
Release Author: Opus
Release Summary: Cleaner energy and smart meters support the housing
association’s eco-friendly goal
Homes has signed up with Opus Energy to supply their offices with
renewable and cleaner energy as part of the company’s pledge
to reduce its carbon footprint.
Release Body: Sandwell Homes has signed up with
Opus Energy to supply their offices with renewable
and cleaner energy as part of the company’s pledge to reduce
its carbon footprint.
Energy, an independent supplier of electricity to UK
businesses, won an 18 month contract with Sandwell Homes worth
in the region of £1million.
Homes, which is responsible for managing 30,000 council
properties on behalf of Sandwell MBC, wanted
to be proactive in becoming more environmentally responsible.
Opus’s simple approach of sourcing cleaner
energy for every customer appealed to Sandwell’s vision
for both the company and the borough.
Homes’ Environmental Manager, Tony Thompson, said:
“This is the first step in a series of environmentally
friendly measures planned for Sandwell Homes. We will be reviewing
our waste, recycling and transport CO2 emissions and hope to make
savings for the company and on behalf of the taxpayer in the long-term.
We are committed to influencing the local community by setting
the example and reducing our carbon footprint.”
of Sandwell Homes’ new environmental steering
group signed up to the eco-challenge by painting their hands green
and marking a symbolic giant footprint at the start of the group’s
James, Commercial Director at Opus Energy said: “We
are really enthusiastic about supporting Sandwell Homes in their
goal to be environmentally responsible. We worked closely with
the team to suit the company’s individual requirements and
were able to source a cost neutral renewable energy which is Levy
exempt. We will also be installing smart meters at no additional
cost which is a great way of monitoring and reducing electricity
• Opus Energy will be installing
over 800 smart meters at Sandwell Homes sites
• The Carbon Trust suggests that smart metering could reduce
the average business’ consumption by 12.3% a year
• Other councils using smart meters include Cambridge and
Cumbria City Councils
Notes to Editors
Energy is a leading independent supplier of electricity offering
tailor-made solutions for the UK SME and corporate markets. Its
market-leading innovations are driven by customer needs and the
company is committed to helping businesses become more environmentally
responsible through procurement of energy from cleaner sources.
Opus Energy has over 40,000 customers across all sectors. Large
customers include: Yell Group, Thorntons, Farmfoods, Cumbria County
Council and Deloitte & Touche.
the last two years (between April 2006 and March 2008), 62% of
the energy supplied by Opus Energy to its customers came from
cleaner, low-carbon sources – 54% from renewable generators
and 8% from cleaner Combined Heat and Power (CHP) produced by
CHP generators. These CHP generators have been awarded accreditation
by the regulator, Ofgem, for producing cleaner, more environmentally
Energy’s management team has a 50 percent stake in the business,
while International Power Plc (LSE:IPR.L) holds 30 percent and
Telecom Plus Plc (LSE: TEP.L ) has 20 percent. With offices in
Northampton and Oxford, it employs 200 people.
further information, please see www.opusenergy.co.uk
Details: Opus Energy
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