SSE strikes deal to give O2’s suppliers discounted clean power


O2 has struck a deal with SSE Business Energy whereby its suppliers will get a discount on renewable power – and pay the same rate as the telco.

The move represents shrewd business, given O2 has committed to decarbonising its operations by 2025 – and to make its suppliers cut emissions by 30 per cent.

O2 said all of its suppliers – from SMEs to large firms – can take the deal.

“This latest project with SSE Business Energy is the perfect example of working together for good: using O2’s purchasing power to give Britain’s suppliers and partners the option to access preferential renewable electricity rates, while reducing their own carbon footprint,” sad Tracey Herald, head of partnerships & social impact at O2.

Rachel McEwen, chief sustainability officer at SSE said the firm is “delighted” with the arrangement.

“From our perspective, O2 is one of the best examples of a customer demanding not only climate action but also improved sustainability credentials across their supply chain, and the promotion of SSE Green at a reduced rate will further strengthen the positive influence they can have on their suppliers,” she said.

Other companies, such as Sainsbury’s and Microsoft have also pledged to decarbonise operations and force suppliers to decarbonise – and may be looking at similar arrangements with energy suppliers.

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