A key project has been the installation of just over 1,300 solar panels at our Yorkshire Drive, Bradford and Peterborough offices, with a generating capacity at peak of up to 350 MWh – enough to continually operate 2,000 PCs or 50,000 energy efficient light bulbs, and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 160 tonnes per year. Using solar power means fossil fuel consumption is reduced, and therefore helps to limit climate change.
In addition to the environmental advantages, we also qualify for the Government Feed-in-Tariff arrangements meaning we are paid for the energy our solar panels produce, so it also makes good business sense.
Both projects presented installation challenges as the roofs required special fixings and designs for the panels to be fitted. The systems have been fitted with advanced monitoring hardware that enables us to view their production in near real-time on a web portal.
To the end of 2016 we have generated just under 318 MWh since the installations, equating to a CO2 saving of 172.5 tonnes.
A new volunteering programme to prepare young people for the world of work.
We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme.
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.
Colleagues swap their beds for sleeping bags to raise money for End Youth Homelessness.
The way consumers use financial services is evolving, leading to some necessary changes for us to meet our customers’ changing needs.
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Everyday Thanks was launched in September 2015 as part of our Group’s 150th birthday.