Our ISO Accreditation
Ecotricity’s mission is to create a green Britain and fight the climate crisis. To achieve our mission, we plan to be completely carbon neutral by 2025, and to keep using our customers’ bill money to build new sources of green energy. Here’s how our ISO 14001 certificate is helping us to do that.
What is ISO accreditation?
ISO certification is an internationally recognised standard which ensures that products, services and systems are safe, efficient and of high quality.
ISO 14001 is an environmental standard, used to measure how effectively a company is reducing its impact on the planet.
Read more about ISO certification.
What does having ISO 14001 accreditation mean?
The accreditation means that we are as sustainable as possible, or have put measures in place to become as sustainable as possible, across all parts of the business. That means Ecotricity, Ecotalk, the Electric Highway, Britwind, and also the Devil’s Kitchen. It also includes the planning, development, building, and maintenance of all of our windmills and sunmills.
What are the benefits of this?
At Ecotricity, we’re constantly working to reduce our impact on the environment as much as possible. This isn’t just about the energy we supply – but about the way we run our entire business. From powering our offices with 100% green electricity, right down to the plant-based milk alternatives we provide our staff with, we ensure that everything we do is green.
Having ISO accreditation also means that we’ve been recognised by an external body for our work in sustainability, and demonstrates that we truly are as green as we can be.
Our Environmental Management System
Our Environmental Policy is at the heart of everything we do. It sets out all of our commitments to protecting the environment.
Behind this is our Environmental Management System (EMS). We use this to ensure that:
- We reduce our environmental impact wherever we can
- We meet all of the environmental legislation that other companies may overlook
- We continue improving to ensure that we’ll be a zero-carbon company by 2025
We’ve had our EMS in place for nearly 10 years, and for most of that time it was certified under EMAS (the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
However, with Brexit impending, EMAS is in limbo now because it’s an EU certification. That’s why we’ve moved to ISO14001:2015 – the internationally recognised environmental standard.
How have we achieved this?
We already had lots of environmental initiatives in place, but we’ve also introduced plenty of new ones. So far we have:
- Used energy monitoring software to optimise our heating and lighting systems
- Worked with all the businesses in our supply chain to look at the impacts of the goods and services we use, and worked together to reduce these impacts
- Started taking more regular water meter readings so we can spot water leaks and repair them quickly
- Introduced a new travel policy, and removed diesel and petrol vehicles from our fleet of pool cars
- Increased the amount of internal audits we carry out, to make sure all of our Ecotricity people are playing their part in making the company as green as can be
How will we maintain this?
Every year we’ll set new targets to help us to keep reducing our environmental impact. You can see what our current targets are in our Environmental Footprint report.