The National Consumer Council (NCC) recently published an investigation into the environmental credentials of green tariffs on offer in this country. NCC’s research shows that while many consumers say they’re happy to pay a premium for green energy, most green tariffs don’t live up to the environmental benefits claimed.
No supplier, whether ‘green’ or otherwise, makes it clear that every GB household is already supporting renewable electricity to the tune of £7 a year through their normal electricity bills. Also the complex rules that encourage all energy suppliers to source renewably can mean the electricity’s ‘greenness’ is oversold. Even the better tariffs would only cut the CO2 emissions of a typical household by around 6 per cent. The NCC is therefore calling for a shake up in how companies market and sell their green tariffs, and for them to offer bigger environmental benefits.
Only 1% of consumers are signed up to green energy tariffs. Dig a little deeper and you can see how maddeningly complex and confusing some of these products are. Energywatch has produced a factual guide that explains exactly what consumers are signing up to when they choose a green tariff.
Apparently it’s not Ofgem’s job to regulate claims by energy suppliers of the benefits of their ‘green’ energy tariffs. That’s for the no doubt over worked Trading Standards people.
Did any company come out ticking all the right boxes? Yes, according to the NCC one company and one company only……..Good Energy.