Thomson has become the first major holiday company on the UK high street to power their entire nationwide retail estate with ‘green energy’.Thomson, the UK’s largest holiday company, has contracted Scottish Southern Energy- a major supplier of green energy (energy generated from renewable sources) - to power over 750 holiday shops across the country.
The Thomson shops’ electricity will be generated by wind farms and other renewable sources such as hydro and solar power.
The new contract with Scottish Southern Energy means Thomson will receive almost 18GWh (gigawatt hours) of green energy a year, which equates to more than 60% of the total electricity consumed across Thomson and Thomsonfly operations around the UK.
The decision to change electricity suppliers to a greener source came in response to Thomson’s annual Green Idea questionnaire which generated feedback from employees across Thomson’s high street, overseas and airline business.
Other ideas generated, which Thomson and Thomsonfly will be trying this year, include separating and recycling waste on selected flights, auditing hotels on the impact they have on their local environment and encouraging closer co-operation with universities that run tourism courses such as sustainable tourism modules.
Peter Rothwell, managing director for Thomson said “Changes like this can make a huge difference on the impact we have on the environment. We’re always looking for opportunities to be greener and are committed to strengthening the position of our business on all aspects of environmental impact and sustainable development. If greater efficiency of operations, fuel consumption and business practices benefits the environment, our customers and employees, then it is a win-win situation.”
Scottish Southern Energy’s national account manager Peter Cannings said: “We’re delighted to welcome Thomson to the growing number of companies willing to show their green credentials. This is a great opportunity for us to bring green electricity into a forward thinking organization. “
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is one of the largest power companies in the UK, serving over six and a half million customers across England, Scotland and Wales. SSE own and operate around 40 per cent of the total renewable generation capacity available.