Renewable energy solutions for business

Does your business use more than 150,000 kWh of electricity or gas?

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Why choose British Gas for your renewable business energy?

We care about creating a cleaner planet and helping your business to reduce its carbon footprint. With our knowledge and expertise, we can provide renewable energy options to support your organisation’s carbon reduction ambitions and improve your green credentials.

100% renewable business electricity

100% renewable business electricity

  • 100% of the business electricity supplied is backed by renewable energy guarantee of origin certificates [1]
Certified by the Carbon Trust

Certified by the Carbon Trust
 

  • Our renewable electricity for business product is independently certified by the Carbon Trust, giving you complete confidence in your renewable status
Flexible renewable options

Flexible renewable options
 

  • We offer a range of renewable energy supply options to fit your sustainable energy strategy

Get the best renewable energy plan for your business

Boost your organisation's green credentials and help meet carbon reduction targets with our renewable business energy options

Renewable electricity
  • Each MWh Is backed by renewable energy guarantee of origin
    certificates [1]
  • 100% natural renewable electricity option using only natural UK sources such as solar, wind and hydro
Renewable gas
  • 100% renewable gas backed by Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin (RGGO) certificates [2]
  • Carbon neutral gas backed by a combination of RGGOs and carbon offset certificates [2]
Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)
  • Electricity supply agreements direct with UK renewable electricity generators
  • Ability to secure your supply from local or specific named generators

If your business uses more than 150,000 kWh of electricity or gas, call us for a bespoke quote for renewable business energy today

Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

Please note: For all our non-green plans, British Gas currently uses 76% renewable energy sources - higher than the industry average at 38%. You can see the breakdown of the fuel we use in our fuel mix.

Carbon Trust certified renewable electricity

The largest energy supplier to gain certification from the Carbon Trust

Carbon Trust certified renewable electricity

We are committed to helping tackle climate change and it’s important to us that you know the origin and quality of your renewable energy.

That's why we're proud to offer a 100% renewable electricity product for business customers, independently certified by the Carbon Trust.

The Carbon Trust is a mission-led organisation that is seeking to accelerate the delivery of sustainable, low carbon economies by helping governments, businesses and organisations across the world to reduce carbon emissions and achieve greater resource efficiency.

Out of 168 registered electricity suppliers, only three have been certified by the Carbon Trust for their business renewable electricity products. We're the largest energy supplier to receive this assurance.

The Carbon Trust 100% renewable label

The Carbon Trust 100% renewable electricity label

Our renewable electricity for business product carries the Carbon Trust 100% renewable electricity label. This label gives your customers and stakeholders a clear visual signal that helps you verify the origin of your renewable electricity as part of your sustainability reporting requirements.

The GHG Protocol and scope 2 reporting

Do you report on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions?

From 2019 all large UK businesses will need to report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their annual reports. All listed companies are already required to do this and many other organisations report voluntarily.

The GHG Protocol sets the global standard on how to measure, manage and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

In 2015 an amendment was published for the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, updating the accounting and reporting guidelines for purchased electricity, heat, steam or cooling (known as scope 2 emissions).

This amendment allows companies to report using a market-based method that recognises the purchase of renewable energy and the impact this has.

The Carbon Trust certified Renewable Electricity for Business product is available for business customers consuming over 150 MWh a year on energy and on a fixed-term contract. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.

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Cutting carbon emissions around the world

Landfill Gas Extraction and Electricity Generation

We buy independently verified carbon credits from a landfill gas extraction site in Turkey, verified by the Gold Standard foundation. The project involves the building, operating and maintaining of the two landfill waste-to-energy systems consisting of landfill gas collection systems, flaring stations and gas engines, coupled with generators to produce electricity.

The gas engines combust the landfill gas to produce electricity, and any excess gas is flared to avoid release into the atmosphere. The generated electricity is sold to the national grid. Landfill gas consists mainly of methane, therefore the extraction of this gas by the project saves the environment from large amounts of gas emissions that would have otherwise been emitted from the landfills and contributed to global warming. Generation of the electricity from the landfill gas replaces electricity otherwise generated by fossil fuel-based power plants.

Get a renewable energy plan for your business

If your business uses more than 150,000 kWh of gas or electricity, then you're eligible for renewable business energy.

Call us for a bespoke quote to help lower your carbon emissions.

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Get our best price for installing EV workplace charging and fast track your business on the path to net zero.

Steps to creating a business energy strategy

Understanding your business energy usage and ways to reduce carbon emissions is important for all UK businesses as we work towards becoming net zero by 2050. But the path to sustainability is not always straightforward. Creating a sustainable energy strategy will help you to balance economic considerations with environmental impact and build these into your wider business plan for long-term success. Read our blog for handy tips to help you get started.

FAQs on renewable business energy

What is renewable energy?

A: Renewable energy comes from natural sources or processes that constantly replenish such as the sun, wind, waves, biomass and geothermal heat. Unlike energy produced from fossil fuels, renewable energy is a cleaner, more sustainable alternative that won't run out, and it helps reduce your carbon footprint.

Why should my business use renewable energy?

A: Renewable energy has a much lower environmental impact than energy generated from fossil fuels and can play an important role in slowing global warming by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Because renewable energy is produced from sustainable sources, it won't run out and may eventually replace fossil fuels altogether, which is better for mankind and the planet.

How is renewable energy generated?

A: Renewable energy comes from natural sources such as the sun, wind, waves and biomass that are constantly renewing and don't run out, with different technologies and processes used to harness the clean energy for each one.

Why is renewable energy important?

A: Renewable energy has a much lower environmental impact than energy generated from fossil fuels and it can play a role in slowing global warming by cutting the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Because renewable energy is produced from sustainable sources, it won't run out - ensuring security of supply and less reliance on imported fuels - and it could eventually replace fossil fuels altogether.

What is our carbon neutral gas product?

A: We match 10% of the gas you use with Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin Certificates (RGGOs) which certify that this amount of gas is from renewable generation. Naturally occurring biogas, produced from matter such as leftover food, sewage and agricultural waste, is treated in order for it to be of high enough quality to be used in the gas grid. It is processed to remove impurities and upgraded to a higher methane content which is more comparable to natural gas.

Whenever possible, for the remaining 90% we buy carbon offsets to help neutralise the emissions from the gas our customers use from a Gold Standard Foundation landfill gas extraction and electricity generation site in Turkey, helping to fund carbon emission savings in other parts of the world.

How is biomethane (or green) gas better for the environment?

A: Organic matter naturally releases biogas when it decomposes and by capturing this and converting it into biomethane, it can be used to power your business. Unlike gas from fossil fuels, it is not a finite resource that will eventually run out and it releases less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Naturally occurring biogas, produced from matter such as leftover food, sewage and agricultural waste, is treated in order for it to be of high enough quality to be used in the gas grid. It is processed to remove impurities and upgraded to a higher methane content which is more comparable to natural gas.

Once it's in the grid, biomethane can be used in the same way as natural gas: it's burnt to heat our homes and cook our food.

What are Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates?

A: REGO certificates demonstrate that electricity has been produced from renewable sources in the UK. One REGO is issued for each megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity that's produced.

About the Renewable Electricity Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme

A: The Renewable Electricity Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme provides transparency to consumers about the proportion of electricity that suppliers source from renewable generation. The scheme is overseen by Ofgem who act on behalf of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). One REGO certificate is issued by Ofgem per megawatt hour (MWh) of qualifying renewable electricity generated.

Find out more about the REGO scheme

Why did you choose the Carbon Trust to certify your process for allocating renewable electricity guarantee of origin certificates?

A: The Carbon Trust are a global authority on sustainability and carbon reporting. They have detailed knowledge of the energy industry and are well placed to support both the development of our renewable electricity products and certify the process by which we gain renewable electricity certification.

Through the Carbon Trust assured process of tracking and allocating guarantee of origin certificates, we can make sure we don't allocate the same certificate to the electricity consumption of more than one customer, or use certificates from a different reporting year to match with customers' renewable electricity supply.

British Gas are one of a handful of registered electricity providers to gain Carbon Trust certification for our business renewable electricity products giving you complete confidence in the quality and origin of your renewable status.

How can I use the British Gas Renewable Electricity product emission factor in my corporate carbon reporting?

A: The British Gas Renewable Electricity for Business product enables you to report zero grams CO2 per kilowatt hour Scope 2 emissions from purchased electricity when reporting using the market-based method, in accordance with the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidanc

What is the Green House Gas (GHG) Protocol?

A: Developed by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the GHG protocol sets the global standard for how to measure, manage and report greenhouse gas emissions.

How does British Gas calculate the emission factors for its electricity products?

A: Emission factors are calculated for each British Gas product by multiplying the megawatt hours of power generated by each type of generation technology for a 12-month period up to 31st March each year (to align with the Fuel Mix Disclosure reporting year) by a corresponding emission factor for each technology type. Emission factors for each technology type are taken from Ofgem, using the published values corresponding to the relevant Fuel Mix Disclosure reporting year. The Ofgem emission factors cover carbon dioxide only, and do not include other Kyoto greenhouse gases [GHGs] such as methane which may be emitted by some forms of electricity generation. Ofgem allocates a zero g CO2/kWh emission factor to all electricity generation classed as ‘renewable’, which includes energy from waste and biofuel. For wholesale electricity purchased by British Gas, the UK residual mix emission factor for the corresponding Fuel Mix Disclosure reporting year is used.

How do you ensure there is no double-counting of certificates?

A: Through our Carbon Trust assured process of tracking and allocating electricity guarantee of origin certificates, we ensure we do not allocate the same certificate to the consumption of more than one customer or use certificates from a different Fuel Mix Disclosure reporting year to match with customers' renewable supply.

Can I have the certificate serial numbers for my supply?

A: To report carbon emissions according to the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, you don’t need the actual certificates themselves, although you need evidence that we have correctly allocated enough certificates to your supply and that this has been verified, which is achieved through the Carbon Trust assurance process. For large business customers we can provide a list of the certificate serial numbers and will do so annually in September/October. For small business customers a copy of our product-specific Fuel Mix and associated emissions factors can be found on our website.

How does renewable electricity get to my business?

A: We match 100% of the electricity you use on a renewable contract with electricity from renewable sources. This means that for 100% of the electricity you use, the same amount from renewable sources will be fed into the National Grid.

It isn't possible to trace the electricity from a particular source right through to your business because it is combined with electricity from non-renewable generation in the grid. But we can show that we fully match your supply by buying Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs) each time we buy electricity from renewable generation. Ofgem issues one REGO for every megawatt hour of renewable electricity produced by eligible generators in the UK.

What are Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGO)?

A: Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin certificates (RGGOs) are unique identifiers issued by the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of biomethane (or green gas) injected into the grid and registered with the Scheme.  RGGOs provide information about where, when and how the green gas was produced – it’s your guarantee that the gas is authentic and has not been sold to anyone else.

About the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS)

A: The GGCS is a simple and reliable means of tracking the commercial transactions of biomethane (or green gas) through the supply chain to the end consumer, eliminating double counting or double selling of registered green gas. It provides assurance for consumers who buy the gas, confidence in the energy sector and an incentive for gas producers to inject green gas into the grid instead of using it to generate electricity.

The Green Gas Certification Scheme is run by the Renewable Energy Association's subsidiary company, Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd. 

What are Guarantees of Origin (GoO) certificates?

A: GoO certificates demonstrate that electricity has been produced from EU renewable sources. One GoO is issued for each megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity that’s produced. These are the European equivalents of the UK’s Renewable Electricity Guarantees of Origin (REGOs).

Where do our guarantee of origin certificates come from?

A: We purchase renewable electricity and associated REGOs from a portfolio of generators in the UK. We also purchase UK REGOs and European GoOs in the wholesale market. All the certificates are transferred to our account on the Ofgem Renewables and CHP Register which means they are solely owned by British Gas.

How can businesses use renewable energy?

A: Businesses can use renewable energy by signing up to one of our renewable energy contract options.

For electricity customers, we endeavour to match 100% of the electricity you use with electricity from renewable sources or specifically from natural UK generation depending on your preference.

For gas customers, we match 10% of the gas you use with biomethane produced from biodegradable matter and we offset the remaining 90% by supporting carbon emission reduction projects in the developing world.  We do this by purchasing Voluntary Emission Reduction Certificates (VERs).  Alternatively, you can choose to match 100% of the gas you use with biomethane backed by Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin (RGGO) certificates.

Do you supply nuclear power?

A: Nuclear is a low-carbon source of electricity, but it is not renewable because it uses uranium as a fuel and produces radioactive waste. Nuclear is not included in our renewable product options but it is part of our standard fuel mix, making our standard supply of electricity to all medium-sized and large businesses carbon zero.

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[1] Every unit of electricity and/or gas used will be supplied by British Gas matched to renewable certificates or renewable certificates and carbon off-setting projects to ensure that your business electricity and/or gas supply is backed by 100% renewable certificates or a mix of renewable certificates and carbon off-setting for the term of your contract. We will hold the necessary number of Guarantee of Origin / Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin certificates as evidence of this supply and Emission Reduction certificates. In the event something changes and we can no longer guarantee a renewable supply we will write and let you know.

[2] Business gas only we buy independently-verified carbon credits from qualified and registered projects. Our current Landfill Gas extraction project is verified by the Gold Standard Foundation. Depending on the popularity of the tariff or for other reasons beyond our reasonable control, we might purchase carbon credits from other emission-reduction projects not advertised at sale. We’ll always do our best to ensure that the carbon credits we buy are of a comparable quality and standard and we will use our best endeavours to purchase enough carbon credits to offset the carbon footprint created from 90% of the gas you use on this tariff. However, failure to do so will not constitute a breach of contract by us or give rise you having the right to terminate the supply contract.