Why is renewable energy important?
A lot of the energy generated within the UK comes from fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. Fossil fuels are finite resources – they’ll eventually run out. Plus, there is growing evidence that they may negatively impact the environment by contributing to climate change.
Renewable energy, such as wind, water and solar are alternatives to fossil fuels. These green renewable energy sources can be used again and again, and provide substantial benefits for our climate, our health and our economy.
Our investment in renewable energy
Innogy UK (formerly RWE npower renewables) harness the power of wind and water by operating 25 hydroelectric power schemes, 3 offshore and 32 onshore wind farms. We opened the world’s second largest offshore wind farm with 160 turbines that can generate enough energy to meet the average needs of around 400,000 homes.
Renewable energy from Innogy UK is used to back our Go Green Energy Fix December 2019.
Carbon Trust Standard
We are proud to remain the only energy company to have received triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard. We were awarded triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for achievements in reducing carbon, water and waste from our offices.
We understand our impact on the environment and continually strive to reduce it – we are aiming to reduce the carbon emissions associated with our office estate by 25% by 2020 compared to 2015. We’re committed to making our business more energy efficient– and we’re always seeking new ways to reduce the environmental impact of ourselves and our customers.
Our environmental programmes have won a number of awards.
Trees for Cities Partnership
We’ve joined forces with Trees for Cities – and we’ll pay them to plant a tree in the UK if you switch your energy to our Go Green Energy Fix December 2019 tariff. Switch over both your gas and electricity and we’ll plant two trees.
Trees for Cities is an independent charity (1032154) set up in 1993, to plant trees in deprived urban communities. The aim is to grow stronger neighbourhoods, enhance urban landscapes and improve people’s health and happiness.
What types of trees will npower and Trees for Cities plant?
Well a wide variety of size and species. It’s all about the right tree in the right place. So Trees for Cities consider the area’s rain fall, amount of surface water, other vegetation, available space and any other purpose that the tree will have etc.
For npower’s Go Green Energy Fix tariff, Trees for Cities are planting young trees, which are great for creating a healthy and long living woodland. A variety are planted, to reduce any threat from one species developing a disease.
Where will npower and Trees for Cities plant trees?
With npower, Trees for Cities will be planting trees in UK cities.
Trees are most needed and have the greatest impact in cities as that’s where 80% of the UK population live. A lot of their planting is in more deprived city areas as there is a correlation between deprivation and lack of canopy cover.
Both npower and Trees for Cities want as many people as possible to take advantage of the great benefits that quality green spaces provide – so we’re looking to improve green spaces with public access.
Who looks after the trees once Trees for Cities have planted them for you?
Trees for Cities plant the trees for npower and look after them while they’re vulnerable and become established. Then they hand them back to the land owner – usually the local council – who look after them as part of their tree stock.
Trees for Cities engage with local residents, encouraging them to take part in the projects as they’ll benefit most from the trees. This also stimulates a sense of community ownership to help care for the trees.
Renewable energy tariff
Pay by Direct Debit or Receipt of Bill
Online account – you’ll need to have one
A tree planted in a UK city for each fuel you use
Are there environmental benefits?
We’ll match all of the electricity and 15% of the gas you use, depending on which fuels you get from us. We do this by purchasing the same amount of energy produced from renewable sources, and feeding this back in to the network.
Whichever tariff you’re on, your energy bills will already go towards paying for renewable energy. But you may have seen green tariffs which offer additional benefits to the environment – like lower carbon emissions or donations to an environmental charity. We call this ‘additionality’.
There is no additionality in this tariff – it doesn’t offer any extra or environmental benefits, other than the renewable energy we’ll purchase. But it does mean we’ll be putting renewable energy back into the grid for the energy you use, which makes it cleaner than our other tariffs.Close dialog window