As the demand for more sustainable choices rises and more pressure is put on the built environment to respond, managing agent Rendall & Rittner has taken a bold green stand by supplying 80% of its property portfolio with 100% renewable energy.
The UK firm, which currently manages over 60,000 residential and mixed-use properties, has joined forces with green energy supplier Ecotricity.
Rendall & Rittner carried out a bulk procurement initiative to purchase £11m of electricity earlier this year, Ecotricity was the lowest competitive bidder.
Catherine Riva, director at Rendall & Rittner, said this is the next step in making the company’s developments as “eco-friendly as possible, while also providing a reliable and economical service to our residents and customers.”
Founded by Dale Vince in 1995, Ecotricity has set itself a challenge to be carbon free by 2025. The business is in the construction of wind turbines and solar parks, enabling production of 25% of the green electricity they supply to their customers.
Paul Sands, growth director at Ecotricity, added: “One of the easiest things we can all do to fight climate change is making the switch to renewable energy – so it’s fantastic that Rendall & Rittner have taken this important step. The UN recently said we have less than 12 years to save the planet, so it’s time we all step up and do what we can.”
Rendall & Rittner states the environment as one of its priorities, as well as the overall care for their properties and wellbeing of residents. The firm also has other schemes underway including supporting the plastic pledge, to end the user of single use plastics, as well as the use of ecological cleaning products for all of its developments and offices.
The cleaning products used by the firm are from Delphis Eco, which uses rainwater during its production process and its product ingredients, transportation and packaging are all positively impacting carbon footprint.
Mark Jankovich, CEO of Delphis Eco, said: “Rendall & Rittner is a great example of one company influencing their supply chain to make that green step change. It has forged the way for other FM companies to use ecological products and we would love to see more companies taking the lead.”
Rendall & Rittner also runs several recycling initiatives for clothing, electricals, batteries, books, and bicycles for its communities.