These days customers truly care about the environment so when they look for a new provider of essential services or purchase products they look at whether the companies are environmentally friendly.
The benefits of going green for your business are numerous. You will not only contribute to protecting the planet, but you will also become more competitive and you will expand your customer base.
Here at Niccolo Gas, we care about the environment and we encourage our customers to do the same. That’s why Niccolo has compiled all the necessary information about green energy and switching to renewable tariffs into a few comprehensive guides. If you have already had a look at them, you should now be familiar with green energy. You might be wondering, however, what to do now with all this theoretical knowledge. Luckily, Niccolo Gas has prepared one more guide that not only summarises crucial data to help you jog your memory but also explains what steps you need to undertake to make your consumption green.
Let’s start with the basics.
What are green energy and green gas?
If you’re thinking of making your consumption green and you’re trying to do some research, you might encounter the terms ‘green energy’ and ‘green gas.’ Have a look at the table below to find out what exactly they mean.
|Green Energy||Green Gas|
|Green Energy refers to gas and electricity obtained from renewable natural sources. Includes solar energy, wind energy, hydro energy, and green gas.||Green Gas is basically a carbon neutral renewable energy source. It is made from biodegradable materials such as animal and human sewage, leftover food, and agricultural crops.|
The important thing to note is that not all energy suppliers give customers the chance to source their energy from green gas. In fact, the green gas tariffs have only recently appeared on the UK energy market. In most cases, green gas accounts only for a small percent of suppliers’ fuel mixes. For the time being, only three UK suppliers offer 100% green gas tariffs. These companies are:
- Niccolo Gas
- People’s Energy
- Green Energy UK.
Step by step guide to making your consumption green
So have you made up your mind about going green but you don’t know how to do it? Just follow these few simple steps:
- Find out how much energy your business consumes
The first thing you need to do before you undertake actions designed to make your current consumption greener is to determine how your business uses electricity and gas, and how much energy it consumes.
A great way to find out all that is to carry out an energy audit, where a specialist will identify all the areas of running your business where energy is consumed. They will also be able to advise you on how to lower this consumption and improve your performance.
- Calculate your gas and electricity carbon footprint
Measuring your business’s carbon footprint is an important step in making your consumption greener.
Do you know what your business’s carbon footprint is? It’s the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions that are released into the atmosphere as a result of your company’s operations and activities. There are several advantages of measuring your business’s carbon footprint, the main ones being:
- you can evaluate your environmental performance and come up with a plan on how to improve it
- you can ameliorate your company’s reputation and show your commitment to tackling climate change
- you can find areas that allow for the reduction in the amount of energy you consume, hence lowering your energy bills.
So how do I calculate my business’s carbon footprint?
The easiest way to do it is to use a calculator available online. All you need to do when you use one of them is enter the information about how much energy your business uses overall and the website will convert it into carbon emissions.
- Think about how to reduce your energy consumption
When you identify all the areas and aspects of running your business where energy is consumed, you can think of a plan to use less of it. Reducing your energy consumption means lowering your impact on the environment. Even if after using the carbon footprint calculator you notice that your emissions are not high, it is always possible to be even greener.
When you’re thinking of ways to reduce your energy consumption, you should prepare a long-term plan. You should apply new, greener strategies to launching new products and services. This way your business will grow without causing harm to the environment.
- Change the energy consumption habits at your business’s premises
You should make sure that all employees are involved in making your business’s consumption greener. You should educate them and encourage them to implement changes such as using a bike or public transport to come to the office, recycling empty packages, or using carsharing.
In addition to that, you can lower your greenhouse gases emissions by introducing solutions such as using refurbished equipment, banning single-use plastic at the workplace, or buying recycled paper.
- Switch to a green tariff
That might be the most important step in making your consumption green. Nowadays most energy suppliers offer green energy tariffs that allow customers to have their energy supply sourced from renewable sources.
The important thing to make sure of when comparing available green tariffs is that the energy is backed by REGO certificates.
What are REGO certificates?
REGO stands for the Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin. They ensure transparency and certify that the energy supplied to customers is green and 100% renewable.
If, however, you are interested in getting your energy solely from green gas, you should look for RGGOs – which stands for Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin. They are issued for each kWh green gas injected into the grid and registered with the Scheme.
The importance of carbon offsetting
Have you ever heard of carbon offsetting? The term refers to measuring carbon output from one business activity and removes the release of this amount from another one. Engaging in carbon offsetting can help you make your consumption greener so it’s worth taking a minute to find out more about it.
As OVO Energy explains, carbon offsetting is ‘a way to balance your carbon footprint.’ In order to do it, you need to purchase so-called carbon offsets. For each carbon offset you buy, one tonne of CO2 is removed from the atmosphere, or is prevented from being released into the atmosphere. That’s why if you buy enough of them, you can fully balance the carbon footprint of your business and make your company carbon neutral.
By buying carbon offsets you finance projects such as tree planting, protecting forests, or developing green energy technologies. Costs of carbon offsetting vary, with Niccolo you can do it for as little as £2.50 per tonne.
Carbon offsetting is a good start towards achieving Net Zero, which means that you remove as many emissions as you produce.
Going green with Niccolo
At Niccolo Gas we are committed to making it easy for its customers to make their consumption greener. We are proud to be one of the three UK suppliers that offer a 100% green gas tariff. If you’re interested in getting your energy from green gas, consider switching to our Niccolo Gold Tariff. If you make the switch, you will be able to enjoy 100% green gas backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO).
Moreover, Niccolo Green tariff allows you to engage in carbon offsetting and undertake steps to lower your greenhouse gases emissions and make your business carbon neutral. Thanks to buying carbon offsets, you don’t even have to change your current energy contract to make your current consumption greener.