Building a sustainable future full of adrenaline and thrills
by Poppy Gaunt
What's Going On Here?
Thrill-seekers planning a Christmas trip to Legoland, Alton Towers or Thorpe Park will be pleased to hear that, thanks to a new, year-long contract between Merlin and green energy firm, Ecotricity, all 32 Merlin Entertainment UK attractions are now powered by 100% renewable energy.
What Does This Mean?
The switch to clean energy follows two more green initiatives by Merlin earlier this year. In November, the company pledged to eliminate the use of plastic straws from all 120 venues worldwide by the end of 2018, and in July it launched a recycling initiative that offers discounted entry in exchange for used plastic bottles. According to John Butcher, Merlin Group Procurement Manager, the contract with Ecotricity is "a significant step forward in making our business more sustainable, while we assess the viability of increasing the amount of power we generate ourselves."
Image below shows the breakdown of renewable energy sources from some Green energy providers in the UK.
Why Should We Care?
Rather than taking the public for a ride with vague environmental promises or token gestures, Merlin has made a strong statement about its plans for a sustainable future, starting now.
Fossil fuels are the biggest cause of climate change, so switching to a clean energy provider is a simple, cost-effective way for companies like Merlin to reduce their environmental impact. Ecotricity has clearly recognised Merlin’s unique chance to educate the visiting public, who may not be as clued up on sustainable living as our curious.friends (that’s you!). The energy firm says it will be ‘exploring further opportunities [with Merlin] to promote green energy and raise awareness of the benefits of pursuing sustainable lifestyles.
It’s not just big companies that can take advantage of green energy companies like Ecotricity. Switching your household energy to a clean, renewable energy supply is quick and easy - if you shop around for a good deal you could even save yourself some cash! uSwitch has some helpful advice on switching to a green energy supplier and tips on how to choose the right plan for you.
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