Good Energy launches green gas to mark historic climate agreement

Green energy company Good Energy has launched a carbon neutral gas tariff to celebrate the signing of the UN Climate Change Agreement in New York next week.

The new gas tariff, partly made up from biomethane – or ‘green gas’ – is designed to make it easy for energy customers to take action against climate change.

 

Climate change pioneer and Good Energy founder Juliet Davenport OBE said:

“World leaders are making a huge promise in New York to take action against climate change. Emissions from energy are one of the biggest causes of global warming, and the simplest way to cut your footprint is switching to renewable electricity and carbon neutral gas. We can all do something to drastically cut our reliance on fossil fuels right now.”

 

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Lord Bourne said:

“It’s fantastic to see energy companies like Good Energy offering their customers the opportunity to choose sustainable energy.

“The signing of the Paris Agreement today shows that not only the UK but the whole world is committed to taking action to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time. I’m pleased to see Good Energy is doing its bit and look forward to seeing other innovative ways of moving to a low-carbon world.”

 

Professor Joanna D. Haigh, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London said:

“The Paris climate conference was an historic event in achieving the unanimous agreement of 195 countries that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  To have any chance of limiting global temperature rise to less than the 2°C agreed to represent a dangerous level we need to replace fossil fuels by low, or preferably zero, carbon sources as soon as possible. One way in which people can contribute to this is by switching to renewable energy suppliers.”

 

Catherine Mitchell, Professor or Energy Policy at Exeter University, said:

“Climate change is the fight of our time. World temperatures are on an upward trajectory year on year, and we need to find a way to decarbonise our economies and lifestyles, if we are to live in a future world that we recognise. Switching to renewable energy and green gas is one of the simplest and easiest ways to achieve this.”

Leaders from 130 countries will sign the agreement, made in Paris last December, at a ceremony in New York on 22nd April. Good Energy’s new carbon neutral gas tariff compliments the firm’s 100% renewable electricity supply, which together give consumers a way to cut their personal carbon footprint by up to 50%.

 

Notes to editors:

  • Good Energy ‘Green Gas’ - Our new gas offering will include 6% biomethane: gas produced from organic matter – like manure and sewage – in the UK. On top of that, emissions from the gas our customers use will be neutralised through verified carbon-reduction schemes that support local communities in Malawi, Vietnam and Nepal.
  • The Paris Climate Change Agreement opens for signature on 22 April 2016 during a high-level ceremony convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, marking an important international push on the way to the agreement’s timely entry into force.
  • We calculate that the electricity you use at home accounts for around 24% of your carbon footprint and gas 26% - and electricity consumption accounts for around 45% of the energy carbon footprint of the average home, whilst gas accounts for 46%. To calculate the contribution domestic electricity and gas consumption makes to your annual carbon footprint, we first looked at the national breakdown of per capita emissions. We then tallied the total of Domestic and Transport emissions and calculated the reduction that would occur if ‘Domestic Electricity’ and ‘Domestic Gas’ resulted in zero carbon emissions.

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