EMAS

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is the gold standard for business environmental management.

We were really pleased when we reached this standard in 2010 and joined an elite group of organisations in the UK. We’re still the only energy company with EMAS across all of its operations – the only one in the world in fact.

Download our footprint report for 2015.

Ecotricity Footprint Report 2015

Our sixth EMAS report

Publishing our sixth annual environmental report – our Footprint Report – has given us a very clear picture of what our impacts are, our progress over the last three years and progress we need to make to become a zero carbon organisation.

We’re probably the only energy company in the world that actually knows the carbon cost per customer of our operations. It’s not about our electricity supply, that’s taken care of in our Fuel Mix statistics. It’s about all the unseen work that goes into that supply – behind the scenes if you like – from site selection and planning through to construction, maintenance and the running of our offices.

This summary of the report covers CO2 emissions and energy use.

Emissions

Tonnes of Emissions graph

 

It is clear that this is a large increase in absolute carbon footprint. Britwind at Q Park was not included in the figures in 2014 and the Britwind, Loughborough site for only part of 2014. 2015 saw a full year of activity at these two sites and also ongoing utility use at the vacant Wallbridge (Nexgen) site. Increased staffing levels and increased transport use will also have added to the overall emissions.

Emissions kg/Ecotricity customer

Emissions kg/Ecotricity customer graph

 

At the end of December 2015 we had 172,138 customers. The carbon footprint per customer has also increased over the year by 34% but has still decreased by 66% since the EMS was established.

*This figure is shown as CO2e. CO2e (Carbon dioxide equivalents - is a universal unit of measurement that allows the global warming potential of different Greenhouse Gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O etc to be expressed in tonnes of CO2 equivalent.)

Emissions kg/Ecotricity staff

Emissions kg/Ecotricity staff graph

 

The carbon footprint per member of staff has increased over the year by 24%, but is still a 54% decrease since the EMS was established.

*This figure is shown as CO2e. CO2e (Carbon dioxide equivalents - is a universal unit of measurement that allows the global warming potential of different Greenhouse Gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O etc to be expressed in tonnes of CO2 equivalent.)

Energy use

Energy use per staff graph

 

Energy forms an element of our overall carbon footprint. Our energy use has increased by 50% in absolute terms. Energy use per member of staff has reduced by 65% since EMAS was implemented. At the end of December 2015 Ecotricity had 172,138 customers.

Downloadable reports

For more detail you can read the most recent 2015 report.

If you'd like to find out more about our past environmental performance please have a look at our Environmental Statements from 2014, 2013 and 2012.