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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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