O2 partnership delivers low-rate renewables to business partners

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O2 is to support its entire British supply chain and business partner network to secure low rate renewable energy, through a new service delivered in collaboration with SSE Green.

Providing renewable energy at an “exclusive rate”, SSE Business Energy will extend to businesses of all sizes, supporting them to reduce their own carbon emissions.

Tracey Herald, head of partnerships and social impact at O2, said: “At O2, we’re proud to be a responsible business – and part of this means upholding the highest environmental standards in our own supply chain. This latest project with SSE Business Energy is the perfect example of working together for good: using O2’s purchasing power to give Britain’s suppliers and partners the option to access preferential renewable electricity rates, while reducing their own carbon footprint.”

The move followed O2’s announcement on 3 March that it will become the UK’s “first net zero mobile network” by 2025, by eliminating carbon emissions across its network and business while simultaneously reducing supply chain emissions by 30%.

Since 2008, O2 has used SSE Green’s renewable energy supply across all sites where it pays the bill. This led to the network’s 2019 recertification to the Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain.

SSE Green Electricity describes its electricity as 100% renewable and clean, generated by wind and hydro assets. It’s certified by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) and independently verified by EcoAct, a Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) accredited provider.

Rachel McEwen, chief sustainability officer at SSE, said: “As a large renewable developer SSE can provide the zero-carbon energy that the rest of the economy needs, and we’re delighted to be working with O2 to offer SSE Green to their suppliers. From our perspective, O2 is one of the best examples of a customer demanding not only climate action but also improved sustainability credentials across their supply chain, and the promotion of SSE Green at a reduced rate will further strengthen the positive influence they can have on their suppliers.”