NBTY Europe, owner of Irish health food retailer Holland & Barrett (formerly Nature’s Way), has announced its continued relationship with Energia, Ireland’s leading independent energy supplier.
As part of the company’s ‘Plan It Green’ initiative, Holland & Barrett will use Energia to supply green electricity to 47 stores across Ireland including Grafton St, Crescent Shopping Centre Limerick, Mahon Point Cork and White Water Shopping Centre.
Green electricity – which is produced from natural resources – in this case wind farming, is both renewable and sustainable over its entire lifecycle delivering significant carbon savings. Throughout Holland & Barrett’s recent history the company has committed to working to high environmental standards. These have include banning single use plastic bags, adopting an ethical policy when sourcing raw materials and removing chemicals such as parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate from toiletry products and body care ranges.
Speaking on the partnership with Energia, Roger Craddock, group legal director at NBTY Europe, said: “As Ireland’s leading health food and natural remedy retailer, we have always been committed to green issues, in many cases making changes to the way we do business long before other high street retailers who have followed our lead. Our ‘Plan It Green’ programme means we are constantly looking for ways to lower our carbon footprint and ensure our energy-saving and recycling schemes span the whole business, extending to every single store we operate. This decision to adopt green electricity was an easy one because Energia’s dedication to renewable energy mirrors both our own – and our customers’ – values on protecting the environment.”
Karen O’Brien, key account manager, Energia, said: “Energia supplies over one-third of Irish shops with electricity, so choosing to renew their supply contract with us is a natural decision for huge numbers of Irish retailers like Holland & Barrett. Our energy efficiency expertise is able to provide all Irish businesses with easy-to-use advice on how to reduce their energy consumption, saving them money. Holland & Barrett are one of over 65,000 Irish businesses who continue to choose Energia for their energy needs. Whether it’s for conventional or renewable electricity, or a dual fuel deal including gas, Energia is proving to be the supplier of choice for 37% Irish SME businesses”.
Energia has a 28% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 65,000 business customers, including over one in every three shops.