Green Gas Scheme Supported by UK Energy Providers
Published: 20 June 2011 By Julian Stone Leave a Comment
Leading UK energy providers have given their support to a new scheme to help consumers measure just how green the energy they use really is. Can you benefit?
You’ve heard a lot about sustainable power and green energy, but do you know how much of the energy you use is actually green, or you how can you use more?
If questions like these leave you scratching your head, answers could now be on the way.
The Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) is a new initiative designed to track green energy as it moves down the supply chain – allowing end-users to see just how green their energy use is.
The new scheme comes in the wake of research by the Renewable Energy Association, which found that greater knowledge for consumers is essential for the growth of the renewable energy industry.
Under the the GGCS, trading of biomethane, or ‘green gas’, is tracked from its extraction to end-user consumption. Consumers who sign up for the scheme will then receive a certificate showing where their gas comes from and the amount of green gas they use.
The initiative has also won the backing of major UK energy providers, including British Gas, E.ON, Bio Group, National Grid, Thames Water, CNG Services and Milton Keynes Council.
The Managing Director of E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, Michael Woodhead said, “Customers need the reassurance that the greener products they seek actually ‘do what they say on the tin’.”
This initiative looks set to provide it – though in the current economic climate, many consumers would prefer the reassurance of fewer energy price hikes.
Moneyhighstreet says: “With more and more focus being placed on green energy both by the Government and energy providers, biomethane is likely to become more popular as an alternative to traditional gas sources.
“Being able to measure how much of the energy you use is green is good news for consumers. Not only does it allow the environmentally conscious to continues making a difference through their purchasing habits, it also allows consumers to better compare prices between traditional energy sources and green alternatives.”