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UK media mega-group Virgin Media has announced that its UK and Ireland operations have been 100% renewables-powered for the last year.

The company has become the newest member of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, in support of the UK’s commitment to a net-zero energy transition by 2050.

Virgin Media says it has also reduced its carbon footprint by more than a fifth since 2014, whilst increasing its consumption of renewables, and has reduced energy usage by 2% year-on-year.

Consumption of single-use plastics has dropped by more than 60 tonnes, and paper-use in direct market efforts by 70%.

Jeanie York, Chief Information and Technology Officer at Virgin Media, said: “We’re delighted to be signing up to the RE100 initiative and playing our part in supporting the UK’s goal to increase the availability of renewable electricity and to help drive down carbon emissions.

“It’s vital that businesses make long term commitments to reducing consumption and using renewable energy: we’re actively using our business, brand and people to create a positive impact for our customers, people and the communities we serve.”