Our Environmental Footprint

It’s not easy being green – it takes a lot of work!

We’ve been calculating our Environmental Footprint every year since 2010. It’s not about how green our electricity is - that’s taken care of in our Fuel Mix statistics. It’s about the greenness of everything else we do – what goes on behind the scenes, from selecting a site for a new wind farm to the running of our offices.

We look at the impact that everything we do has on the environment – and we make it as green as can be.

It’s a bit like food miles – it’s not just the impact of the product itself, it’s the process it goes through as it’s delivered.

We’re probably the only energy company in the world that actually knows the carbon cost per customer of our operations.

Our ninth Environmental Footprint Report

Our aim is to become a zero carbon organisation by 2025, and our ninth Environmental Footprint report gives us a clear picture of the progress we’ve made and what else we need to do to achieve our goal. 

Goodbye dirty coal. Thanks to the great upsurge in renewables across the UK and decarbonization of the grid we’ve reduced our overall carbon emissions by 13% compared to 2017 even though we’ve experienced a slight increase in recorded energy consumption. This has mainly been due to us resolving some long term gas metering issues, but also puts us in a great position to make reductions in 2019 - all progress towards that 2025 target.

Likewise with water, we have identified a long term leak which has now been repaired and this will result in significant reduction in our metered water consumption during the coming year.

Our success story with waste management continues, we have seen yet another reduction in the volumes of material that we generate, that’s the 4th year running where we have experienced a drop. Over the next 12 months we’re going to be looking at our various waste streams in greater detail and seeing where we have the chance to carry this trend on.

Our 2019 environmental targets

  • Reduce grid electric use by 4% compared to 2018
  • Reduce mains water consumption by 4% compared to 2018
  • Reduce printed paper consumption by 5% compared to 2018
  • Investigate further ways to reduce volumes of waste that we produce across Ecotricity

For more detail you can read our most recent report from 2018, we’ll be publishing an update on our progress during 2019 in March 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the report or our Environmental Management System in general then please contact our Sustainability Lead – Gary Thomas (gary.thomas@ecotrciity.co.uk)

Our previous reports

For more detail you can read the most recent 2018 report.

If you'd like to find out more about our past environmental performance, please have a look at our Environmental Statements from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012: