The Bedford-based brewery and pub company, whose Brewpoint brewery makes beers for its estate and also for the on and off-trade, is collaborating with energy consultancy Inspired Energy on the project.
The team at Wells & Co, which also operates 17 managed houses in France, has been working for some time now to consolidate a patchwork of varied energy deals, acquired as its pub estate has increased in size in recent years, into one renewable electricity package.
This new arrangement gives the fifth-generation family business, run by chief executive Peter Wells, confidence that each new pub added to its estate in future will be powered in a sustainable manner.
One over-arching deal
Wells & Co head of estates Nick Wells said: “Following a period of growth in our managed pub estate, we found ourselves administering a whole host of different energy contracts from different suppliers.
“Funnelling these contracts down to one over-arching deal for our UK managed pubs has been no small task but ensuring our sites are reducing their emissions by accessing renewable electricity gave us ample motivation to do so.
“We now have consistency and visibility of supply to all of these pubs and have taken an important step forwards in pursuing our ‘Triple Bottom Line’ ethos that prioritises our impact both on the natural environment and the communities around us.”
Inspired Energy key account manager Megan Lane added: “With rising utility costs and the threat of climate change, now is a crucial time to take control of utility consumption, costs and carbon emissions.
“We are delighted to support Wells & Co, a long-standing Inspired client, by moving its managed estate to 100% renewable electricity contracts to help reach its sustainability goals.
“Wells & Co will secure its electricity from sources such as hydro, solar, wind and biomass, backed by UK Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) and European Guarantees of Origin (GoOs).”