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Wates Puts Planet First

Leading construction, property services and development company Wates Group is the first in the sector to have supported the creation of an independent Social Enterprise.
 
Wates has appointed Planet First Energy to help it reduce CO2 emissions, and meet long-term sustainability goals.
 
Planet First Energy will provide a range of energy services including procurement of renewable energy, energy management, and emissions reporting.
 
Planet First was born out of a collaborative partnership between Wates and its single energy provider – ECA Business Energy, to support the reporting and delivery demands of voluntary Carbon Disclosure Projects and Government legislation.
 
John Dunne, Group Director for Wates’ sustainability programmes, explained:
 
“Since 2016 we have increased the procurement of renewable energy by 70%, and this partnership will support our goal to achieve 100% of our electricity supplies from renewable sources by 2025, while providing a substantial investment to the Social Enterprise sector which is relevant to the construction industry.
 
“As a business we are wholly committed to achieving zero carbon in our operations, and creating social value through the development of the social enterprise sector. Our partnership with Planet First Energy supports these sustainability goals and the interests of our business from a commercial, social, and environmental perspective.”
 
Planet First social and environmental objectives are to tackle fuel poverty, support the delivery of energy efficiency projects in the domestic sector, and support the development of renewable energy technologies.
 
Steve Silverwood, Managing Director of Planet First Energy said:
 
“In partnership with Wates, we are committed to transforming the way the business procures and consumes energy, to support the transition to a low carbon economy.
 
“ As a social enterprise, Planet First also gives back to our communities, by providing support to fuel poor households.
 
“We are enormously proud of our partnership with Wates”.

A leading energy advice centre will continue supporting energy poor households, thanks to a unique partnership with Planet First Energy.

South Yorkshire Energy Centre, located at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, help domestic customers in fuel poor households access energy cost and consumption education and resources.

The aim is to share knowledge of energy reduction steps, and renewable energy resources, to reduce energy usage and costs.

Planet First Energy will provide the Energy Centre with significant funding and volunteer support. Energy specialists from Planet First Energy have committed to volunteer at the Centre.

A new Energy Centre brand has been developed, and prominent signage is to be installed at the Centre, to prom0te the partnership.

Steve Silverwood, Managing Director of Planet First Energy, said: “We are committed to help reduce energy consumption, and improve access to renewable energy. South Yorkshire Energy Centre share our values.

“Our partnership with the Centre ensures continuation of their invaluable work in our community. We look forward to helping to deliver exciting new initiatives in the future.”

For more information about South Yorkshire Energy Centre click here.