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By Oliver Rose
Sep 24, 2020

We’ve been working in partnership with the RSPB for over a decade - their values and goals are such a perfect fit with ours – sometimes a partnership just feels like fate! They’re the largest nature conservation charity in Britain and understand that climate change is the greatest long-term threat to both wildlife and humans.

RSPB chose us as Britain’s greenest energy supplier, to supply them with green electricity and carbon neutralised gas.

After over two years of ecological studies, we built a full sized windmill at the RSPB’s head office in Sandy, Bedfordshire in March 2016. This single windmill reduces carbon emissions by around 600 tonnes every year and generates over half the RSPB’s total electricity needs across its 127 UK locations.

RSPB members have also played a significant part, saving 772 tonnes of carbon year on year by going green with Ecotricity energy. And for every member who has switched to us, we’ve made a donation of up to £50 to the RSPB for every year they’re with us.

Ecotalk helps fund new land for Fairburn Ings reserve

Last year, our mobile phone network, Ecotalk, helped the RSPB to purchase an area of former colliery land, called Fairburn Tips in West Yorkshire. Using Ecotalk customers’ bill money, we were able to preserve the land for nature - turning bills into hills!

Ecotalk uses the money from customers’ bills to give land back to nature, creating vital new habitats for Britain’s wildlife.

Paul Sands, Director of Growth at Ecotricity, recently visited the reserve to see what’s changed since Ecotalk helped buy the land and see how things are working out with the re-wilding project.

Paul met with Karen Swaffham, the RSPB Warden at Fairburn to learn more about the birds currently enjoying the site. As well as Herons and Little Egrets, the land has attracted Spoonbills which are now breeding – one of only a handful of places in the UK where this is happening.

How can you help Ecotricity & RSPB fight climate change?

We can all play our part in fighting the climate crisis, whether that’s being a member of the RSPB or helping to protect RSPB sites near you, or eating a plant based diet, or switching to green energy, which is one of the most effective things you can do as an individual.

We have the same resolute commitment to fighting the climate crisis, which is why we use our customers’ bill money to build new sources of renewable energy.

What’s more, if you switch your energy supply to us through the link below, we'll donate up to £50 to the RSPB each year you’re with us.

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