ScottishPower to join in Earth Hour this weekend

The illuminated sign of the ScottishPower headquarters in Glasgow will be powered down this Saturday (March 27) as the energy firm shows its support for Earth Hour, one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:21 pm
ScottishPower will switch off the main signage and external lighting between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in support of Earth Hour this coming Saturday.

Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment and is held every year on the last Saturday of March.

It engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, encouraging them to switch off their lights to show support for the planet.

The ScottishPower sign is an iconic sight for the thousands of vehicles that cross the Kingston Bridge on their journeys in and out of the city as they pass under its central Charing Cross location.

Although many ScottishPower staff are working from home, the building remains an operational hub for hundreds of workers who are maintaining and managing essential energy supplies for residents and businesses across the country.

The energy firm confirmed that all main signage and external lighting will be switched off between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in support of Earth Hour this coming Saturday.

Keith Anderson, Chief Executive at ScottishPower, said: “This is a landmark year for Scotland with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference coming to Glasgow in November. It’s a huge opportunity for us to show the world what we’re doing to tackle climate change and create a net zero economy that’s fair for all. Switching off in support of Earth Hour is a small but important way to show how we’re ultimately all in it together.”

ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to switch to 100 per cent clean energy generation and produces all its electricity from offshore and onshore wind. 

It is a Principal Partner for the COP26 conference and is developing an energy model that will play a significant role in reaching the UK’s world-leading climate change targets by investing a total of £10bn in the clean energy generation and networks infrastructure needed to help the UK decarbonise.