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London cleaning contractor powers its HQ using only renewable energy

One of the capital’s largest independent cleaning contractors, Julius Rutherfoord, has announced its central London head office will now be powered only by renewable energy – to ensure it reduces its overall impact on the environment.

By making the shift, the move fits with plans set out by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, which sees a target for London to be net zero by 2030, though the Accelerated Green pathway.

It also fits with the company’s own sustainability objectives to cut its carbon footprint, with the use of renewable energy sources significantly reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

By opting for renewable energy sources including hydroelectric power, JR&Co will minimise the air and water pollution associated with traditional energy generation methods, helping preserve ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and create a healthier environment for all.

It aligns to its 2024 commitment to being plastic free, to have a 100 per cent electric fleet by 2025, and to ultimately being net zero by 2050.

Managing Director, Chris Jarvis, said: “Our sustainability journey started in 2011 with solar panels installed at our HQ, since then we have dedicated a lot of time, effort and investment to ensuring that our impact on London and the UK as a whole, is a low as possible, whilst still delivering a first-class service for our customers.

“At JR&Co, we genuinely believe that business success and sustainability go hand in hand. We are committed to achieving our sustainability targets and continuously improving our practices to ensure a sustainable future for all.”

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