Why is renewable energy important?

A lot of the energy generated within the UK comes from fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. These generate greenhouse gases, pollute our air and negatively impact the environment, contributing to climate change.

Renewable energy, such as wind, water and solar are alternatives to fossil fuels. These green renewable energy sources are more sustainable, and provide substantial benefits for our climate, our health and our economy.

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Go Green - 120,000 trees planted so far 

We’ve joined forces with Trees for Cities – and we’ll pay them to plant a tree in the UK after 90 days of you switching your energy to our Go Green Energy Fix September 2021 tariff.

Trees for cities

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.Learn more about the benefits of trees

Read the npower and Trees for Cities impact summary report 2017/18. (PDF, 1316KB)

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Why plant trees? 

At one time, much of the country was covered in trees, and people enjoyed a healthy, outdoor life. Today, over 80% of people live in cramped towns and cities, often with very little open space to enjoy.

  • By planting trees, we can create attractive green spaces that encourage people to go outside, which has a positive effect on their mental health, raises their fitness levels and improves their overall wellbeing and quality of life.
  • As well as being attractive, trees can also directly improve the local environment. It takes just 30-50m of greenery to cut noise pollution from a major road by up to 50%.
  • Trees are vital in cleaning the air. In one area where we planted, as many as 150 people a year are thought to die as a result of air pollution. Our trees don’t just improve lives, they may actually save them.

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.

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Our investment in renewable energy

npower is part of Innogy group. 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. In 2015 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.

Sustainably sourced paper

All of the paper we use when we send bills and other communications comes from 100% sustainable sources. This means we can trace the source of the paper from the printer to the exact forest, to ensure that only sustainable forests are used. Well-managed planted forests reduce the pressure on natural forests and can provide many other environmental benefits.

These trees are planted for the purpose of paper manufacturing and new trees are planted to replace them - they benefit the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

As trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), they act as carbon sinks, so wood and paper represents a renewable alternative to many non-renewable materials. If forests and plantations are managed sustainably, new generations of trees replace those that are logged, removing more CO2 from the atmosphere, because young trees do this more efficiently than old trees.

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Our greener tariff

Go Green Energy Fix September 2021

  • Fixed price energy until September 2021
  • A tree planted in a UK city for each customer
  • Pay by Direct Debit or Receipt of Bill
  • Online account – you’ll need to have one
  • £30 per fuel exit fee may apply before 12 August 2021
  • You’ll already have or, if eligible agree to have Smart meters installed at your property
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EcoAct stamp of assurance

We’ve partnered with EcoAct to give our Go Green Energy Fix tariff the green light for its environmental benefits.

EcoAct are a world leading provider of carbon and energy management and sustainability services. After auditing our people, systems and processes involved with Go Green Energy Fix, they’ve given the tariff their stamp of assurance (PDF, 93KB) to say it meets its green standards.

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.

See how we've reduced our carbon footprint.

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