Why is renewable energy important?
A lot of the energy generated within the UK comes from fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. These generate greenhouse gases, pollute our air and negatively impact the environment, contributing to climate change.
Renewable energy, such as wind, water and solar are alternatives to fossil fuels. These green renewable energy sources are more sustainable, and provide substantial benefits for our climate, our health and our economy.
Our investment in renewable energy
npower is part of Innogy group. Innogy UK (formerly RWE npower renewables) harness the power of wind and water by operating 25 hydroelectric power schemes, 3 offshore and 32 onshore wind farms. In 2015 we opened the world’s second largest offshore wind farm with 160 turbines that can generate enough energy to meet the average needs of around 400,000 homes
Renewable energy from Innogy UK is used to back our Go Green Energy Fix December 2019.
Carbon Trust Standard
We are proud to remain the only energy company to have received triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard. We were awarded triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for achievements in reducing carbon, water and waste from our offices.
We understand our impact on the environment and continually strive to reduce it – we are aiming to reduce the carbon emissions associated with our office estate by 25% by 2020 compared to 2015. We’re committed to making our business more energy efficient– and we’re always seeking new ways to reduce the environmental impact of ourselves and our customers.
Our environmental programmes have won a number of awards.
Trees for Cities Partnership
We’ve joined forces with Trees for Cities – and we’ll pay them to plant a tree in the UK if you switch your energy to our Go Green Energy Fix December 2019 tariff. Switch over both your gas and electricity and we’ll plant two trees.
Trees for Cities is an independent charity (1032154) set up in 1993, to plant trees in deprived urban communities. The aim is to grow stronger neighbourhoods, enhance urban landscapes and improve people’s health and happiness.
Sustainably sourced paper
All of the paper we use when we send bills and other communications comes from 100% sustainable sources. This means we can trace the source of the paper from the printer to the exact forest, to ensure that only sustainable forests are used. Well-managed planted forests reduce the pressure on natural forests and can provide many other environmental benefits.
These trees are planted for the purpose of paper manufacturing and new trees are planted to replace them - they benefit the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
As trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), they act as carbon sinks, so wood and paper represents a renewable alternative to many non-renewable materials. If forests and plantations are managed sustainably, new generations of trees replace those that are logged, removing more CO2 from the atmosphere, because young trees do this more efficiently than old trees.
Renewable energy tariff
Pay by Direct Debit or Receipt of Bill
Online account – you’ll need to have one
A tree planted in a UK city for each fuel you use
Are there environmental benefits?
We’ll match all of the electricity and 15% of the gas you use, depending on which fuels you get from us. We do this by purchasing the same amount of energy produced from renewable sources, and feeding this back in to the network. Plus, in partnership with the charity Trees For Cities, we'll plant up to two trees for you, one for gas and one for electricity - when you sign up to our Go Green Tariff.
Whichever tariff you’re on, your energy bills will already go towards paying for renewable energy. But you may have seen green tariffs which offer additional benefits to the environment – like lower carbon emissions or donations to an environmental charity. We call this ‘additionality’.
There is no additionality in this tariff – it doesn’t offer any extra or environmental benefits, other than the renewable energy we’ll purchase. But it does mean we’ll be putting renewable energy back into the grid for the energy you use, which makes it cleaner than our other tariffs.Close dialog window