The Benefits Of Zero-Carbon Electricity For Your Business
Posted on Jun 17, 2022
Over the last few years, the UK became one of the first countries in the world to set targets and pass laws in order to minimise and finally end the contribution this country has to global warming.
Across the UK, this has resulted in companies of all sizes considering taking key steps in order to reduce the environmental impact they are having. This has involved a number of companies making the switch to business electricity suppliers that are able to supply them with zero-carbon electricity. Here at D-ENGERGi, we are proud to offer 100% renewable energy to our business customers. For those who are considering making the switch, here are some of the key benefits of zero-carbon electricity for businesses to help you make your decision.
Reduce your business’ carbon footprint
The initial and most important benefit of switching to zero-carbon electricity supplier sources is that you will reduce your company’s carbon footprint. With goals in place across the UK to achieve carbon neutrality over the next 15-25 years, there are plenty of steps businesses can take to ensure they are on the right track. This is one simple way in which you can begin placing importance on sustainability.
Build your customer base
For consumers, it has become more important than ever to buy from companies that are attempting to be eco-friendly and sustainable. Recent studies have shown that consumer attitudes towards sustainability is now having a direct impact on their buying decisions. With around 32% of consumers expressing a great concern around the environmental impact of their purchases and are therefore highly engaged in adopting a more sustainable lifestyle. This has resulted in around 28% of consumers having stopped buying certain products due to their ethical and environmental concerns.
Therefore, taking one step to reduce your company’s carbon emissions, by switching to renewable, carbon neutral electricity could help to build your customer base. For those companies who choose not to place a core focus on sustainability, you could risk losing your loyal customer base to competitors.
Your Company CSR
Corporate social responsibility is an important practice for businesses. Types of CSR include ethical, environmental, and economic. When choosing a business electricity supplier, considering your CSR policies should help you make your decision and will benefit your brand’s reputation.
For example, when researching companies, there are some vital pieces of information you should know in order to understand whether sourcing your energy from this company aligns with your company’s views on particular topics.
Understanding where the energy is coming from. For those who are currently working to move away from fossil fuels, finding companies that source their electricity from renewable energy sources would be the best step. You can find this information within an electricity supplier’s fuel mix disclosure.
Plus, many companies now wish to step away from sourcing any energy from Russian suppliers. With the current Ukraine conflict, it has become a part of many businesses’ focus to avoid any goods and services provided by Russian companies. Showing their dedication to supporting the country of Ukraine during this time. Taking the time to understand where your business electricity is coming from could play a part in developing your CSR strategy, and therefore improving your brand as a whole.
Speak with our team of experts today to discuss switching your eelctricity supplier. AT D-ENERGi, all our electricity is supplied from UK based wind farms. Offering a zero-carbon, 100% renewable energy alternative.
What is P272? P27what? You aren’t alone in the dark about P272. P272 is regarded as one of the biggest shakeups to the business electricity market since deregulation. Sounds more like a character out of star wars, but here are some facts on P272, which we have put together hopefully jargon free. If you unsure on how P272 affects your business please do not hesitate to contact us for free on 0800 781 7626, we will be delighted to help you further. You may also like to view our infographic and visit our support page dedicated to the P272 OFGEM legislation.
The Facts – What Is P272
P272 is a new regulation which has been implemented by OFGEM. It affects the way suppliers settle electricity consumption for businesses with a specified energy use. Resulting in sites being changed to half hourly.
Remember, remember the 5th November… “Guy Fawkes?”. No, no… this is when the P272 migration began! The deadline for all sites to be settled to Half-Hourly is 1st April 2017. Don’t be fooled by the date, it really is 1st April! Also, don’t be put off by the 2017 threat – it’ll be here before you know it!
The settlement is being put in place in order for suppliers to balance the amount of energy being purchased from the Generators. The aim for P272 is to make the readings more accurate via the half hourly consumption. This will provide distributors with more understanding on electricity use. This results in networks ensuring they are sufficiently developed and maintained.
Ultimately, P272 helps you and your business manage and also use the energy smartly. It gives you the opportunity to see where and when you are consuming energy. Also, a more accurate settlement which could lead to better tariff rates… something nobody would say no to, agreed?
Now you (hopefully) have a little more understanding of P272 here is how to prepare:
Learn if your portfolio is affected.
Speak to your supplier, they will be more than happy to explore your options with you.
Select your Half-Hourly Meter and Data Collector.
If your business has a maximum demand electricity supply categorised by profile classes:
05 06 07 08
And you have an Automated Meter Reading meter of which is capable of HH data collection and remote programming. Just to let you know… 160,000 sites are affected so it is definitely worth double, maybe even triple checking!
“How do I check?!” I hear you say? Simple… you just check the S number at the top of your electricity bill to find out your sites profile class.
Believe it or not, P272 can be very beneficial for you and here’s why:
You receive accurate billing
It offers you the ability to avoid peak times of electricity use
It gives you an insight on your energy usage
It allows you to make room for an opportunity of improvement and efficiency
This is an OFGEM regulation affecting ALL maximum demand meters and ALL electricity suppliers equally. If you’re being advised P272 does not affect your business, please let us double check this for you.
A Russian rocket blasted into space this month to investigate whether any methane gas is present on Mars, as part of the joint ExoMars project created by the European and Russian space agencies.
Methane is a gas created by living microbes, and if it were to be detected it would be a revelation in the space industry as it could prove that life exists or existed on the red planet, some 225 million kilometres away from the Earth (which is itself something of a shock, given that in 2003 Mars was a mere 56 million kms away).
We already know there is life-giving water on Mars. Just like the Earth it has ice caps, although the water they contain is more elusive. The American space agency NASA made a huge discovery in 2006 when it found there was water flowing through the planet in even the hottest months of the year, and that the ‘lines’ that appear on our satellite images of Mars are streaks of flowing salt water.
That’s when the questions ‘did life exist on Mars, and can we find out?’ really started to arise.
The ExoMars project involves sending up a Trace Gas Orbiter to sniff the Martian atmosphere for methane, and if the results are positive then this would establish that methane has been generated via geology or a biological process.
As part of the same mission, a stationary lander called Schiaparelli will test the technology for a subsequent mission – ExoMars 2018 – which will see a UK-built rover collect soil samples filled with water particles and drill below the planet’s surface to look for other signs of life. That’s when the search for Martian life will start in earnest.
These two projects combined will cost an eye-watering £900 million but isn’t it worth it for the chance to make one of the biggest discoveries of all time? What a time to be alive!
Planetary scientist Dr Peter Grindrod, from Birkbeck, University of London, who is funded by the UK Space Agency, certainly thinks so. “It’s incredibly exciting,” he enthused. “This is a series of missions that’s trying to address one of the fundamental questions in science: is there life anywhere else besides the Earth? Finding that life exists elsewhere in the solar system would be a huge discovery, so the evidence has to be strong. As they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing to find out if there really is Life On Mars, or if there has been in the past. It’s astonishing to think there could be more than just us Earthlings in our solar system!