Consumers are increasingly demanding Green Energy. The provision of renewable electricity continues to expand to meet to demand – with the big six, challenger and boutique suppliers now offering 100% renewable electricity as standard. The next step is to offer 100% Green Gas, however, this is more difficult to produce, and provision at scale will take time. The climate can’t wait, so what is the solution?
James White leads on ClimateCare’s climate neutral solutions for the energy sector and explains how offsetting emissions from gas is an effective way for us all to take action today. He recently hosted a webinar for utilities providers on offering a green gas tariff to their customers. Watch the recording of James’ webinar here.
Consumer demand has never been higher for green products. According to a survey conducted by Unilever in 2018, 33% of customers were motivated by green credentials in the products and services they bought, including in utilities. This number has grown since 2018, with a 2019 study by Futerra suggesting that companies are keen to tap into this expanding market potential, and nowhere is this more marked than in utilities.
Green tariffs, centred around renewable electricity, have become commonplace within the energy sector – either through direct PPAs or through REGOs. In 2019, renewable electricity provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses , surpassing all other forms of fossil fuel energy generation. Less than ten years ago, fossils represented four fifths of the UK’s electricity generation.
As renewable electricity becomes the norm – organisations are turning their focus to another component of their energy supply; gas.
It is possible to source green gas in the UK. It is produced through biodigesters, which turn available biological waste into gas for the grid. Whilst this is an attractive option long term, there are barriers to its widespread adoption. Costs per MWh are prohibitively high, and there are significant issues in regard to capacity. In 2017, renewable gases only represented around 7%[i] of renewable gross inland energy consumption in the EU.
There is a vital need to act on climate change now. And there is an interim solution. To provide carbon neutral gas through carbon offsetting. This is an internationally recognised way to reduce global carbon emissions, and a cost-effective way to tackle your gas emissions whilst the production of biogas scales.
ClimateCare is a leader in the voluntary carbon market and is a specialist in the utilities sector. We’ve worked with big six, challenger and boutique energy suppliers to tackle their customer’s gas footprint through high impact initiatives that align to their values, deliver significant sustainable development impacts, and cut carbon emissions. This includes supporting international biogas and renewable energy production around the world, alongside delivering wider social and environmental impacts – from protecting biodiversity to tackling indoor air pollution.
Utility companies who want to know more can contact James on +44 (0)1865 591000.
Business or individuals who want to take responsibility for carbon emissions from their energy use – can use ClimateCare’s online calculator to measure and offset emissions today.
James works with new clients to implement high-impact ClimateCare programmes. He has been leading our work with energy suppliers and together with his team have developed high impact emissions solutions for big six, challenger, and boutique suppliers within the UK and in Europe – collectively compensating for approximately 1% of the UK’s emissions.
[i] (Euractiv 2020).