Nationwide Staff Save Enough Energy to Make a Cuppa for the Entire UK

Results from Nationwide’s Power Challenge reveal that the energy saved in branches amounts to the equivalent of boiling water for over 65 million cups of tea¹

01 December 2014

Nationwide has been running a competition across branches to see who could save the most energy between February and July with incredible results. Amongst the biggest achievers were branches in Yorkshire, North East London and the Midlands. The most successful area however, was the Home Counties, which managed to reduce energy consumption by an impressive 21%.

Collectively, the Power Challenge saved over two million kWh, enough to boil over twenty million litres of water, more than enough to make a cup of tea for every person in the UK.¹ The Challenge also led to falling energy bills, with approximately £200,000 saved as a result of the changes staff made.

Employees have been taking different steps to reduce their energy usage, including switching off monitors when idle and removing phone chargers from plug sockets when not in use. This has all been supported by the hard work of Nationwide’s Green Champions, a team of over 200 volunteers promoting environmental good practices in their workplace, inspiring colleagues and driving involvement across branch communities.

Stephen Uden, Nationwide’s Head of Citizenship, said: “It was great to see so many of our colleagues enthusiastic about this activity and many of our staff are doing the same at home too. This is important for the environment and our sustainability agenda, a £200,000 saving means we can re-invest this money in further energy saving methods such as installing new lighting technology and more efficient boilers.

“These strategies are all positive steps towards our target of ensuring our 2020/21 carbon emissions² remain at, or below, our 2011 baseline levels. I’m pleased to say that we’re well on track to meet this target, thanks to the hard work of all our staff, particularly our Green Champions.”

The Power Challenge is being delivered as part of “Your Society” – a commitment to run the Society in a responsible and ethical way. This strategy has managed to reduce Nationwide’s carbon emissions by over 15% since 2010, supported by fine-tuning property management systems so heating and air conditioning are used more efficiently. Your society has also reduced water usage by 20%, helped by the installation of more efficient devices such as press taps and dual flush toilets and 94% of waste is now diverted from landfill and is instead reused or recycled.

¹ Based on a total energy saving of 2,150,000 kWh. Boiling 1 litre of water requiring 0.1 kWh³ equating to 2,150,000 kWh being sufficient energy for 21,500,000 litres of water. 1 litre = 4 x 250ml cups. 21,500,000 = 86,000,000 cups. UK Population of 64.1million⁴
² Total scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions. Scope 1 emissions are 'direct' emissions from the consumption of gas and oil in our buildings and emissions from the fuel used in our fleet vehicles. Scope 2 carbon emissions are indirect emissions from our electricity consumption
³ Using data from Durham University 
⁴ Current UK population of 64.1 million ons.gov.uk - http://ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Population

About Nationwide Building Society

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings and mortgage provider in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 17,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 17,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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