Britain launches green power labelling

By Nao Nakanishi

Britain has launched a scheme to certify and label electricity produced by green means to assist consumers and small businesses choosing suppliers doing more to cut carbon emissions.

Britain’s energy regulator OFGEM said green energy suppliers needed to show an independent panel they were carrying out an additional activity to source for more renewable electricity and to reduce household carbon emissions.

“Only two per cent of Britons currently buy green energy, but I hope that a trustworthy label will convince many more to go green,” Solitaire Townsend, a leading sustainable development expert who chairs the panel, said in a statement.

The panel had now assessed tariffs from seven participants in the scheme, including British Gas, E.ON , EDF Energy, RWE npower, Scottishpower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Good Energy.

“Green tariffs have been a swamp of misleading and confusing claims,” said Keith Allott, head of climate change at WWF-UK.

“We hope that the new guidelines and certification scheme will…begin to give consumers some assurance that by choosing a green tariff they are making a difference,” Allott said.

Reuters

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