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first direct has been announced as the sponsors of this year's GRAND VILLAGE and GRAND Seminar Theatre at the forthcoming Grand Designs Live London show, from 1st - 9th May 2010, at London's ExCel Centre.  first direct, the UK's leading offset mortgage provider, will be the official sponsor of the GRAND VILLAGE section...


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We're just learning about the new Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) being introduced next year. Because we're one of the companies accredited with the Carbon Standard, first direct is being used as one of the case studies (see the attached document at the bottom of this article) at a forum being held today, Wednesday 4th November...


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first direct will today have its latest energy saving initiative, solar panels, officially launched by Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward, Francis Sullivan Head of Group Sustainable Development at HSBC and the direct bank´s Chief Executive, Chris Pilling.


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first direct, the only bank to have been open continually since October 1989, today announced it expects to save £24,000 a year and reduce its carbon emissions by 147 tonnes* following the installation of NightWatchman, the UK´s first technology to centrally switch off computers each night.


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first direct has become the first direct banking operation to go 'carbon neutral' and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to zero. first direct is achieving its goal by reducing energy use, buying green electricity and then offsetting the remaining CO2 emissions in carbon reduction projects.


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