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businesses powered by 100% renewable electricity. Steph James from Infusion GB, which has


cut the carbon footprint of its tea packing by choosing Good Energy, sees the dual benefit of organic and renewable. “Switching to a renewable electricity supplier is an easy way to ensure your business is considering their carbon footprint.”


“Sustainability is really important to us in all of its guises”


Another business for whom fully embracing sustainability is incredibly important is The Tracklements Company, which makes and sells over 60 award winning condiments from its factory in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Its luxury relishes, chutneys, pickles and sauces are stocked in Waitrose and small delis all over the country. The family run business makes between 10,000 – 12,000 jars of condiments a day. The company is continually striving to become as environmentally friendly as possi- ble. The business has recently implemented a water treatment plant so it can turn washing water into drinking water. When it comes to energy, the business is proud to be powered by 100% renewable energy, and is now gen- erating its own renewable energy thanks to solar panels on the factory roof. “Sustainability is really important to us in


all of its guises,” says Guy Tullberg, Managing Director of Tracklements. “We like to be sustainable in how we employ people, how we buy our raw materials, and how we transact with our long-term suppliers. We continually look for more ways to improve our sustainability credentials. We believe that this is not only the right thing to do, it is also the sensible and sustainable thing to do. “It was a logical next step that we extended


our focus on sustainability to our electricity too. We installed our first solar panels in 2013 and added to them in 2014. This means that in the height of summer, we can operate 100% on home grown electricity. We’ve arranged our factory hours around sunlight hours, so even in winter we are able to mainly use electricity we have generated. We love the fact that we can generate our own electricity using our solar panels; and we are proud that this is backed up with renewable electricity from Good Energy.”


“Going green has brought multiple benefits”


Taking sustainability a step further, a number of businesses like Tracklements are not only using renewable energy but are actually generating it too. By installing technologies like solar panels or biodigesters at their business premises, organisations can use the power generated themselves and can sell any excess back to the gird, creating additional revenue streams. Independent renewable energy generators across the UK support wind and solar farms in generating clean


energy that other businesses and homes can use, thereby playing their part in supporting the government’s clean growth aims. Wyke Farms is one such businesses. The


largest independent producer of cheese within the UK, Wyke Farm is family-owned by the Clothier family, who have been making quality cheese in Somerset since 1861. A few years ago, they realised that going green was valuable to both their business and the environment. The company is now the first organic cheese and butter maker to be self- sufficient when it comes to energy creation. Wyke Farms has invested £10m in three biodigester vessels which use waste cheese, cow manure and leftover crops (amongst a variety of other things) to generate 100% renewable electricity. The digesters generate more than enough power for the needs of the entire site and all of Wyke’s cheese- making operations, and the excess is sold back to the grid. Richard Clothier, Managing Director of


Wyke Farms, believes the production of sustainable food and energy go hand-in-hand. He said, “We have found that going green and being organic has brought multiple benefits, apart from the obvious one of lowering our electricity bills. “When we looked at how you could


be more environmentally friendly when manufacturing a product like cheese, we were actually really surprised at just how many possibilities there were. While a lot of businesses may say that becoming greener will cost you more, we’ve found the complete opposite. Challenging yourself to be efficient and reduce waste actually lowers your costs. “We’ve reduced how much waste we


produce, improved our green credentials and contributed to generating clean energy – all while continuing to make delicious


cheeses. We’re really proud that some of our power goes into the electricity to supply to households and businesses. Who would have thought that we could ever power our homes with cheese?” Both Wyke Farms and Tracklements are


part of Good Energy’s Selectricity programme, a peer-to-peer energy platform that allows users to choose where their energy comes from. This can allow business to choose and support local energy generators, as well as allowing generators to ensure their excess energy is being used locally.


Making a difference


Businesses of all shapes and sizes are already making a difference to the UK’s environmen- tal goals by choosing a sustainable energy supply, despite lack of clarity from the gov- ernment over how it will realise its national Clean Growth Strategy. These companies are reaping the rewards of changing to a renew- able energy supply by cutting their carbon footprint by up to 50%, supporting their local economy, reducing waste and protecting their future for years to come. Moreover, owners and managers who


have made the switch are helping to tackle climate change and are supporting more renewable power generation in the UK. As all of these companies’ stories have shown, making the switch to a renewable energy supplier is a simple first step that every organisation can take towards becoming more sustainable. And, by extending sustainability goals throughout all aspects of a business’s operations, these pioneers are shaping the development of more a sustainable UK plc into 2018 and beyond – and that can only be good news for their own company, the UK economy and the planet as a whole.


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