SmartestEnergy has issued 500 companies with the UK’s first Energy Labels specifying the source and carbon content of the clean electricity they buy, in a move designed to boost the renewables industry and provide increased confidence to business consumers.

Construction products multinational Saint-Gobain UK, sustainable building company Willmott Dixon and education provider University of London are among the businesses which will receive labels tracing every megawatt they use to its source of origin, allowing them to report the exact carbon footprint of the power they use and their contribution to meeting UK climate targets.

SmartestEnergy Chief Executive Officer Robert Groves commented:

“For a while now, business customers have been calling for increased transparency around renewables to help them make the decision to switch that much easier. We now supply over 3TWh of renewable power – equivalent to the power needed to operate all of the streetlights in the UK for three quarters of a year - all backed by origin certificates and evidenced by our Energy Labels, so the momentum for businesses to buy renewable is really growing.

“We call on other suppliers to provide the same level of clarity that we give our customers to help drive the renewables market and enable businesses to buy clean energy with confidence.”

Work with Carbon Trust

SmartestEnergy is able to produce these Energy Labels because of the work it has done with the Carbon Trust. Every megawatt hour supplied is backed with an origin certificate, which is tracked and allocated in an Emissions Factor Model which has been certified by the Carbon Trust to be compliant with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard.

Hugh Jones, Managing Director Advisory from the Carbon Trust commented:

“We have been working with SmartestEnergy for the past two years and are very supportive of their continued efforts to provide clarity around 100% renewable electricity. Businesses have an important role to play in ensuring the UK meets its carbon reduction targets and it is initiatives like this that are helping to empower businesses to choose renewable power. The Energy Labels provide businesses with the rigour and traceability they require to navigate the complexities of renewable energy and carbon reporting.”

SmartestEnergy developed the Energy Labels in response to a call from the Aldersgate Group for clear labelling of the carbon content of electricity. A report from the sustainable business group, which represents companies with a turnover of over £400 billion, calculated that the measure could see low carbon electricity meet nearly half of all industrial and commercial demand by 2020, up from 14.4% to 48.3%.

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