I’m absolutely thrilled to have Ecotricity as a sponsor of the April/May issue of Seedling! My flatmates and I use them as our energy supplier, and I really believe in what they do. So I thought I’d write a piece introducing them and explaining why they’re so awesome. Here goes!
When you transition to veganism, making sure your energy supplier is animal-friendly probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But surprisingly, energy generation is not always vegan-friendly – most suppliers in the UK use animal waste and by-products to generate some of their energy. The only exception is Ecotricity – the company has even been recognised by the Vegan Society.
The Ecotricity story
Ecotricity was founded in 1996 by Dale Vince, making it the world’s first green energy company. It started out supplying energy produced using landfill gas, with the idea of using the profits to build wind turbines. Its first was built in December of that year.
The company grew steadily, and by 2017, Ecotricity had 74 wind turbines and was powering over 62,000 homes. This meant it was saving 49,018 tonnes of CO2 per year. The company also has an electric car charging network, which powered almost 5 million miles of driving with exclusively green energy in 2015 alone.
What is green energy?
Green energy is made only from renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydro power. All Ecotricity’s electricity is 100% renewable. Ecotricity also makes some of its gas from organic matter, and has plans to start making it from grass too – it already has planning permission for its first “green gasmill”. Some of the grass will be taken from land previously used for grazing, which should increase biodiversity and make it easier for wildflowers to grow.
14% of Ecotricity’s gas is currently made from organic matter; the company is working to grow this, and none of its gas is ever produced using fracking. This makes Ecotricity the most eco-friendly energy company in the UK, and the only vegan one.
Above and beyond
Ecotricity is the only energy company in the world to calculate its carbon cost per customer, meaning it factors in the emissions of absolutely everything it does to calculate its environmental impact. It aims to reduce this carbon cost every year. And the company is not-for-dividend, so all the money it makes is used to make even more clean energy.
It’s also attempting to bring down the fracking industry, and to make electric car charging points more accessible. If you use Ecotricity at home, you get discounts at its car charging points too.
Changing energy supplier could make a huge difference to your carbon footprint! I really do think Ecotricity are amazing, and would highly recommend them. If you’re interested in switching, you can find out more here.