Fast food chain Leon is to be powered completely by renewable energy after penning a new partnership with utility Opus Energy.
The power firm, which purchases clean energy from more than 2,000 independent generators including wind, solar and hydro, will power all Leon chains unless the energy contract is managed by a third party.
Kirsty Saddler, director of marketing at Leon, said the restaurant wanted to serve food “in a way that is kind to the planet”.
“We are a company driven by positivity and purpose. We constantly challenge ourselves to see if we can do better and moved to a 100% renewable energy contract, even though it wasn’t the cheapest offer on the table. We are determined to invest in the future, rather than just the bottom line.”
Since launching in 2004, Leon has opened more than 37 restaurants in the UK and is planning to open further establishments throughout the rest of the year, both domestically and abroad.
This year has seen a number of UK businesses committing to deriving all of their power demand from renewable sources, most notably big businesses like brewer Diageo, insurance giant Aviva, and McDonald’s UK business.
Steve James, director of corporate solutions at Opus Energy, meanwhile said Leon’s commitment to renewable power was “refreshing for the industry”.
“Leon is based on natural products and by using our 100% renewable tariff, Leon is tapping into a sustainable, clean energy source that lives up to its reputation as a fair and ethical business.”