As part of a recent green pledge, British online and retail bookmaker William Hill has switched 100 percent of its UK electricity supply to renewable energy sources.
Total Gas and Power
After a procurement tender phase that saw the operator move energy suppliers from Grid Electricity to Total Gas and Power, the arrangement has been in effect since 1 October 2020.
As a result of the recent three-year Total Gas and Power contract, William Hill’s electricity now comes entirely from solar, wind and hydro, saving almost 61,500 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 38,000 cars in the UK, or from London to Las Vegas on a transatlantic trip.
Commitment to being a Carbon Neutral Business
William Hill’s Chief Procurement Officer, David Medori said: “We have prioritised the Environment as being extremely important to William Hill and have committed to becoming a Carbon Neutral Business.
“We have established aggressive targets over 5 years in C02 reduction on Energy, Waste, Transportation and Water.”
Other environmental measures across 2021
In addition, the company has adopted other environmental measures across 2021, such as a complete retail rollout of Smart Metering across all of its betting shops, amounting to about 2,000, which is expected to further minimise CO2 emissions.
“All metrics are on target and we have an Environmental Management Forum chaired by the Chief Procurement Officer for driving through key initiatives and ensuring these are on both Operating and PLC Board agenda,” Medori added.
“The year 2020 was key in both absolute C02 reduction being driven down by nearly 50% from 2019, going fully renewable sourced electricity and the start of a full rollout program of electricity smart meters that will for the first time enable a Monitoring and Targeting program to be deployed which will drive further incremental C02 down in 2021 and 2022.”
Safer gambling goals
William Hill has pursued other social responsibility goals outside of environmental measures, particularly with regard to safer gambling.
Earlier this month, the bookmaker, along with fellow operators Flutter Entertainment and Bet365, topped GambleAware’s list of donors who donated a total of £ 540,000 from a total commitment of £ 1.04 million between April and December 2020.