Sustainable energy refers to energy produced today that does not compromise the ability of generations to produce energy or meet their needs. It includes renewable sources such as wind, hydropower, biomass fuels and solar energy, as well as non-renewable sources such as nuclear power. These types of energy can be used as a source of energy for years to come, without having a disadvantageous impact on our environment.
Why is sustainable energy important?
Lower environmental impact: Sustainable energy is not derived directly from burning fossil fuels, so does not directly contribute to climate change. Therefore, sustainable energy has a lower environmental impact.
Energy security: Sustainable energy can often be produced locally, reducing our dependence on foreign oil imports, and allowing for stronger energy security.
Energy for future generations: The fossil fuels used to generate conventional energy are a finite resource. Their stocks have and will continue to deplete. Renewable energy from wind and the sun can create an unlimited supply of energy for all future generations.
The government has a number of carbon reduction schemes and levies designed to help the country meets its carbon targets and generally improve the sustainability of energy in the UK.
Pulse can work with you to procure sustainable energy for your business. We also specialise in navigating the UK government’s carbon reduction schemes and levies. You can read about our work on these schemes by clicking here. These are some of the government schemes and levies we can assist you with:
|Climate Change Levy (CCL)||An environmental energy tax for electricity, gas and solid fuels like coal, lignite, coke and petroleum coke. It is targeted at encouraging businesses to reduce their energy consumption as well as use energy from renewable sources.|
|Climate Change Agreements (CCAs)||Enables qualified businesses to receive up to 90% discount from the Climate Change Levy, if they meet energy efficiency or carbon saving targets.|
|CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme||Mandatory scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions in large public and private sector organisations. In addition to reducing their emissions.|
|EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)||The main objective of the scheme since it began in 2005 is to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions. The EU ETS works on the ‘cap and trade’ principle; so there is a cap or limit on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by the organisations under this scheme.|
|Feed-in Tariff Scheme (FITs)||An environmental programme introduced by the government to encourage the uptake of small scale renewable and low carbon electricity generation technologies. Consumers who generate their own electricity either with solar panel, wind turbines, hydroelectricity, micro combined heat and power (CHP), can sell any surplus back to the suppliers.|
|Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)||Scheme set up by the government to encourage the uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst businesses. Businesses’ that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings get a financial reward from this scheme.|
|Renewables Obligation (RO)||Main policy in place introduced by the government to support renewable electricity projects in the UK. High energy users pay around 8% in Renewables Obligations (RO) charges. It is designed to encourage licensed electricity suppliers to source a fraction of their electricity from a renewable source.|
Whether you are on a Pulse Fixed or Flex contract you can request for your electricity to be generated using a renewable source. Green Energy certifies that your electricity has been generated from a renewable and natural energy sources, therefore reduces the impact your business has on the environment.
Benefits of choosing a Green Tariff
- Competitive Advantage: Winning new business is always a challenge, promoting your green energy tariff can help you stand out against your competitors and increase interest in your business
- Employee Retention: Retaining good employees can be challenging, however being associated with a company that is mindful of their environment, can boost employee morale
- Brand Awareness: Being green is the latest trend, everyone wants to be seen and known as ‘doing their bit to save the planet’. With your green tariff, your brand can now be associated with being mindful of the environment
Get in touch
To take your business energy green contact Amar Dhesi, Senior Account Manager on on 0333 7000 250.