Whilst level of pollution from power stations is steadily reducing, energy consumption still results in considerable carbon impact and is often the sole source of scope 1&2 carbon emissions for many organisations.
Having a genuine and transparent renewable energy tariff offers several advantages:
1. Environmental Benefits: One of the primary advantages of a renewable energy tariff is its positive impact on the environment. Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power, produce electricity without emitting greenhouse gases or other pollutants that contribute to climate change and air pollution. By choosing a renewable energy tariff, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and support the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy system.
2. Energy Independence: Renewable energy tariffs promote energy independence by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Unlike fossil fuels, which are finite resources and subject to price volatility, renewable energy sources are abundant and freely available. By supporting renewable energy generation, you contribute to diversifying the energy mix and reducing reliance on imported fuels, making the energy sector more resilient and stable.
3. Cost Savings: While renewable energy tariffs may have slightly higher upfront costs compared to traditional energy tariffs, they often lead to long-term cost savings. As renewable energy technologies continue to advance and become more efficient, the cost of generating renewable energy is decreasing. Over time, this cost reduction translates into lower electricity bills for consumers. Additionally, some renewable energy tariffs offer fixed rates, protecting consumers from fluctuations in fossil fuel prices.
4. Job Creation and Economic Growth: The renewable energy sector has the potential to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. Investing in renewable energy projects not only generates employment opportunities in the installation and maintenance of renewable energy infrastructure but also in manufacturing and research and development. By choosing a renewable energy tariff, you contribute to the growth of a green economy and support local job creation.
5. Improved Public Health: Traditional energy sources, such as coal and natural gas, emit pollutants that have detrimental effects on public health. These pollutants, including particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides, can contribute to respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and other health issues. By shifting to renewable energy sources, we can significantly reduce air pollution and improve public health outcomes.
6. Sustainable and Responsible Energy Consumption: Opting for a renewable energy tariff is a conscious choice towards sustainable and responsible energy consumption. It demonstrates your commitment to reducing environmental impacts and promoting a more sustainable future. By supporting renewable energy, you become part of a global effort to combat climate change and preserve the planet for future generations.
In summary, having a renewable energy tariff offers environmental benefits, energy independence, cost savings, job creation, improved public health, and the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable and responsible energy system.
Some tariffs are greener than others and our blog ‘How to avoid Greenwashing in renewable energy’ has some tips.
Overall, a genuine renewable tariff as part of a sustainability strategy is a step towards a cleaner, greener, and more resilient future.