The Sunday Telegraph - Business & Money

Energy supplier stops flights for workers in green push

- By Rachel Millard

ONE of the UK’S biggest energy suppliers has stopped its workers taking domestic flights around the UK as it steps up efforts to go green.

Staff at Scottish Power now travel by rail between its UK sites which stretch from headquarte­rs in Glasgow to offices in Liverpool, London and elsewhere.

Owned by Spanish utility giant Iberdrola, the company supplies gas and electricit­y to more than 4.6m customers and also owns and develops wind and solar farms and electricit­y networks.

It is a principal partner of Cop26, the UN climate change summit set to take place in Glasgow in November, hosted by the UK.

Keith Anderson, the Scottish Power chief executive, said: “Three years ago we made the decision to go 100pc green and only generate electricit­y from renewable sources.

“Since then we have been looking at other steps our company can take to reduce our carbon emissions.

“One of the decisions we’ve made is to reduce air travel, with all journeys between our sites around the UK now being made by rail.”

The company has also pledged to swap all of its vehicles under 3.5 tons for electric models by 2030, and is installing more electric vehicle chargers on its premises to help employees also go electric.

“Decarbonis­ing transport is critical on the journey to net zero [carbon emissions],” added Anderson.

“We’re even trialing an innovative project at our flagship East Anglia One offshore wind farm to use waste vegetable oil to help power crew transfer vessels.”

Domestic flights accounted for about 1.5m tons of carbon dioxide in 2018, a 5.9pc fall on the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Climate Change Committee.

The Government is consulting on setting a target for the domestic aviation sector to hit net zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the target for internatio­nal aviation.

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