Transparency of renewable electricity to be boosted by label

27th September 2016

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A new energy label has been launched that enables firms to specify the source and carbon content of the clean electricity they purchase and to report the exact carbon footprint of the power they use.

Five hundred organisations have been issued with the label, which was developed by SmartestEnergy, which buys electricity from independent renewable generators and sells it to business customers, and the Carbon Trust. Every megawatt hour supplied is backed with a certificate of origin, which is tracked and allocated in an emissions factor model certified by the trust as compliant with the greenhouse gas protocol product standard.

Construction products firm Saint-Gobain, building company Willmott Dixon and the University of London are among the organisations to receive labels.

The label resembles the energy efficiency tags on white goods and are rated A–G. It also breaks down the type of renewable fuel by percentage.

Businesses have been calling for greater transparency around renewable electricity to help them decide where to source it. A 2014 study by the Aldersgate Group calculated that electricity labels could increase the amount of renewable electricity used by industrial and commercial customers from 14.4% to 48.3% by 2020.

Hugh Jones, managing director of advisory at the Carbon Trust, said: ‘The energy labels provide businesses with the rigour and traceability they require to navigate the complexities of renewable energy and carbon reporting.’

Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, said: ‘We hope this is the start of al UK suppliers providing an A–G rated label for the electricity they have supplied to their business customers, to help drive uptake of renewable electricity.’


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