SmartestEnergy has launched a 100% renewable electricity product for UK businesses complete with independent certification by the Carbon Trust of the carbon emissions of the electricity supplied.
The company says its new offer gives customers confidence that they can report zero carbon emissions for their purchased electricity supply as part of their corporate carbon footprint, as well as assurance of their processes for allocating renewable energy origin certificates.
The electricity supply comes from renewable sources backed with UK-recognised origin certificates, with a process in place to conduct regular monitoring to ensure there are sufficient certificates to meet supply.
Robert Groves, chief executive of SmartestEnergy, said: “With so many businesses making public commitments about carbon reduction, we are proud to offer the most transparent renewable electricity supply in the UK market.
“We have worked closely with the Carbon Trust to ensure it will meet the strict audit standards that can help businesses to demonstrate their low carbon credentials.
“Supplying renewable electricity is a growing part of our business and we are seeing more and more of our business customers ask us for certificate-backed renewable electricity products.”
The trend of green corporate energy use has grown considerably in recent months, with initiatives like the RE100 pushing large firms to adopt clean energy in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
Hugh Jones, managing director, advisory at the Carbon Trust, commented: “A number of the companies we advise are committing to science-based carbon reduction targets and joining initiatives such as the RE100, so it’s crucial for them to be confident in the provenance of the electricity they are being supplied with.
“Organisations are trying to do the right thing but they need to have confidence in the level of assurance available for what they are buying. We are pleased to be working with SmartestEnergy to bring the required level of rigour to the electricity market to allow companies to take more control of their emissions.”
The latest offer from SmartestEnergy follows the launch of its Energy Labels in 2016, which specify the source and carbon content of the electricity customers buy. More than 500 companies have received these labels for 3TWh of renewable power.