Since 2016 we’ve supplied our members with 100% renewable electricity and 10% green gas. But we think we can, and should, do more.
We’re proud to say that from today we’re offsetting the emissions from the 90% of our non-green gas by supporting renewable energy projects in the developing world.
Head to our blog to read more about how we’re making our gas 100% carbon neutral. If you have questions or comments, post below - we’d love to hear from you.
What is Carbon Offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way for companies to invest in carbon saving projects across the globe to balance out their own carbon footprint.
From now on, for every tonne of carbon that our non-green gas emits, we’ll buy an offset to match that.
Currently, there isn’t enough green gas available in the UK to provide our members with gas from 100% renewable sources. But with more people switching to green suppliers, we’ll continue to increase demand for renewable generation here in the UK. Carbon offsetting is a fast way to reduce our emissions and reach carbon neutrality, right now.
Where will we be offsetting carbon emissions?
We’ve been working with ClimateCare to select a portfolio of overseas projects to offset our emissions. With so many to choose from, it was a tricky decision.
We worked closely with our partner and then gave team Bulb all the information they needed about each portfolio to make an informed choice on which projects they wanted to support. After putting it to a vote, we decided to help fund projects including solar and wind farms in India, bio-digesters in China, protection of the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone and clean cooking stoves in Ghana and Kenya.
The projects have been given the green seal of approval by the Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard, or the UNFCC’s Clean Development Mechanism. These schemes ensure that we’re funding additional support and not deflecting carbon emissions to another time or place.
Not only will these projects have a positive environmental impact but they’ll have social and health benefits too
How we’re going to track our carbon savings.
Now that we supply 100% renewable electricity and our gas is 100% carbon neutral, the average member stops 3.5 tonnes of carbon entering the atmosphere every year.
And if you’re wondering, we offset our carbon emissions at Bulb HQ too.
We’re so excited to share this news with you. We’d love to hear your thoughts on carbon offsetting.
Have you offsetted your carbon emissions before? If so, how?