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H&F one step closer to ambitious climate target with switch to green energy

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Image captionThe switch is the first stage of a massive shift to renewable energy

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has switched to a ‘green’ electricity supplier for all its properties and housing blocks.

The switch is the first stage of a massive shift to renewable energy. It means that thousands of meters in communal areas where the council manages the electricity contracts will now be supplied 100 per cent from renewable energy sources, including:

  • sheltered housing
  • housing blocks
  • residents’ halls
  • housing offices
  • council properties
  • schools
  • libraries
  • lamp columns.

“We are facing a climate emergency which is why as a council we deliberately set the very ambitious carbon reduction target of net zero by 2030,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment.

“Switching to a green energy supplier takes us one step closer to meeting this target.”

Result

Switching from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewably generated electricity will reduce the output of harmful carbon dioxide by 5,357 tonnes.

This is the same amount of energy it would take to heat 1,860 homes in the borough or make 13,300,000 miles of car journeys. Most importantly, it will help the council meet its carbon reduction targets and its goal of becoming net carbon zero by 2030.

Stage two, which will be launched next year, could see the council adding green energy generation to its energy mix.

The council’s electricity supplier is now REGO (Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin) certified. Residents living in housing blocks will still be able to choose their supplier.

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