Published on 03/02/2020
Doing the right thing for the environment is always at the top of our to-do list. Since entering the market in 2017, we’ve been offering our customers 100% renewable electricity to their homes and businesses at no extra cost. We believe renewable electricity should be a given, not a premium product.
Every unit of electricity we purchase is backed by a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO). This evidences that the energy we supply to you comes from renewable sources. The cost of these REGOs means we’re able to reinvest into further research and development in the renewable energy industry.
You can learn more about our energy mix here.
One of the unfortunate consequences of producing and refining natural gas that it is also produces carbon emissions.
A kilowatt-hour (kWh) of gas is responsible for the production of around 0.18 kg of carbon. An average business customer uses around 44,000 kWh of gas, meaning, each year, an average customer’s gas consumption creates about 8 tonnes of carbon.
An average family car weighs around 1.2 tonnes so that a lot of carbon.
To combat this, we’ve joined efforts with Carbon Footprint Limited, who work with businesses to help them to off-set the carbon they produce. This means that for every kWh of gas which our customers use, we’ll invest in projects around the world which reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment, creating a net-zero result.
You might assume that the best way to off-set carbon is by planting the trees, however for an average business customer, this would require planting more than 3,500 trees, and as there’s no way to track the lifetime of the tree, it’s difficult to measure its effectiveness. Instead, we support a wide range of renewable projects and green initiatives in developing countries.
Located in northern Uganda, this project works with local communities to identify and repair broken boreholes. As well as health benefits, communities no longer need to boil water before drinking, saving firewood and preventing the release of carbon emissions.
Prior to some of the boreholes, women typically spent over 3 hours per day collecting water from a distant unsafe water source. The impact of a safe water supply from a borehole in the heart of the community, therefore, cannot be overestimated.
“Heqing Solar Cooker Project” is located in the rural area of Zhangye, Gansu province in northwestern China. The project has installed 49,000 solar cookers for the rural residents.
Coal is overwhelmingly the main energy source for rural residents in this region of China. The proposed project will enable the rural residents to efficiently substitute solar energy for the fossil fuel (coal) used in daily cooking and water boiling, avoiding CO2 emission that would be generated by fossil fuel consumption. It is estimated that 143,762 tCO2e emission reductions will be produced annually.
Geothermal power plants use steam produced from reservoirs of hot water found a couple of miles or more below the Earth's surface, instead of having to use fossil fuels. The steam rotates a turbine that activates a generator, which produces electricity. It is a natural and sustainable source of energy.
Wayang Windu Phase 2 Geothermal Power Project, is a 117MW geothermal power station. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions through the displacement of fossil fuel electricity generation with a clean, renewable energy source whilst providing jobs for the local community.
A country like India where energy production is based on imported coal or oil will become more self-sufficient by using alternatives such as wind power. Electricity produced from the wind produces no CO2e emissions and therefore does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Wind energy is relatively labour intensive and thus creates many jobs.
The project activity involves the installation and maintenance of Wind Turbines. The total installed capacity of the projects is 80 MW and 72MW; which involves the operation of 82 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) across both projects. These projects are located in the Maharashtra state in India.
Solaklar Landfill Area, in the Kocaeli Province, Turkey, covers 3 million square meters, Solaklar Landfill is the largest in the municipality and accepts an average of 570 tonnes of municipal waste each day. This landfill gas recovery and utilisation project prepares the landfill area for the collection of landfill gas which is utilised to generate electricity through the use of gas engines.
Throughout the year we will be supporting different projects, and you can find the up to date list here.
The project activity generates electricity using solar energy. The generated electricity is exported to the regional electricity grid system in India. The grouped project activity is a step towards supporting the implementation and installation of grid connected renewable energy power plants in India.