01 Aug 2019

Clean and green for council

Island council buildings will be powered on 100 per cent renewable electricity from 1 October after the council chose to sign up to a new green provider called Ecotricity.

The contract was awarded following an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant tendering process for the purchase of future energy. 

 

Isle of Wight Council Leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said: “I am very pleased to be able to announce that Ecotricity have been chosen by the Isle of Wight Council  as its electricity provider reflecting our drive towards our green agenda and helping contribute to our aspiration of carbon neutrality . The company could demonstrate they generate and supply 100 per cent renewable energy sourced from the wind and sun and at the same time as offering value for money.

 

“Following the Full Council meeting where a climate emergency was declared and the recent news that the Island has been awarded biosphere status, I think it is  important that we make changes where and when we can. I believe in action not just words and this clearly demonstrated we are taking action.  This contract will ensure all the electricity used in our buildings is green electricity and help minimise our carbon footprint.”

 

The contract will cover all council buildings, including fire stations, care homes, offices and leisure centres.

 

The company Ecotricity provides electricity from 100 per cent green sources, with around a quarter coming from their 47 ‘wind parks’ and five ‘sun parks’ that are currently operating or have been approved for use across the country.

 

The energy generated from the wind and sun doesn’t release any carbon emissions – so helps reduce the impact the council buildings have on the environment.

 

Paul Sands, Growth Director, Ecotricity, added: “We’re proud to be powering these council buildings on the Isle of Wight. We’re in the midst of a climate emergency – and one of the things we can all do is switching to a renewable energy supplier – as power can be one of the largest impacts we have on the planet. We’re supplying a growing number of businesses and homes with renewable power.”

 

The contract is for the supply of electricity will run from 1 October 2019 through to 30 September 2020.

 

For more information on Ecotricity, please visit: www.ecotricity.co.uk   

 

BIOSPHERE

The Isle of Wight (including the waters around the Island) is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The award was made by the United Nations Man and Biosphere Co-ordinating Council in Paris on the 19th June 2019.

To become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a region needs to show that people and the natural environment are coexisting harmoniously.

 

OJEU

Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) is the online journal that is home to all public sector contracts that are worth above a certain value. If a public authority contract is above certain contract value (above the threshold), EC Procurement Regulations require that the contract has to be awarded using an EU/OJEU compliant route to market.

 

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  • Island council buildings will be powered on 100 per renewable electricity from 1 October 2019.
  • The contract was awarded following an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant tendering process for the purchase of future energy.
 
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