Most energy suppliers are offering 100 per cent green electricity tariffs backed up by “flimsy” sustainability credentials. That is according to new analysis from the Ethical Consumer, which warns shoppers to steer clear of energy suppliers whose green energy tariffs rely on cheap certificates rather than direct contracts with green power plants. Companies relying on these so-called Rego certificates do not have to own to directly buy renewable electricity from wind, solar or hydro plants to label their tariffs ‘green’. Ethical Consumer warns companies including Shell Energy, EDF Energy and Utility Warehouse rely heavily on Regos to offer green tariff. Consumers should “avoid” these firms, it said. Instead bill payers should look for companies that either own wind farms or solar plants, or who have contracts in place to buy power direct from these green energy sites, Ethical Consumer said. It awarded Green Energy UK, Good Energy and Ecotricity ‘Best Buy’ status based on this criteria. But the report points out that even the best renewable tariffs will have only a limited impact on a household’s carbon footprint. More effective measures to cut carbon include improving energy efficiency of homes and switching to a green heating system such as a heat pump, Ethical Consumer said.
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