Whatever the size of your business, demonstrating your renewable energy credentials shows a positive commitment to sustainable values.
That’s why SSE has worked hard to develop the broadest portfolio of renewable energy generating assets in the UK and Ireland and continue to invest in our green energy infrastructure.
Our scalability and technical expertise mean we can support a range of green energy options for the largest and most complex organisations. Our offering includes SSE Green, REGO+, Power Purchase Agreements and more.
SSE Green – Assured by Carbon Clear
SSE Green – 100% renewable electricity is fully backed by Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origins (REGOs)* and independently verified by Carbon Clear, a Carbon Disclosure Project Accredited Provider and world leading advisor of carbon and energy management and sustainability services.
This gives you the assurance that our processes comply with the stringent carbon reporting requirements of the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. This standard was updated in 2015 with the Scope 2 Guidance, to allow companies to credibly measure and report emissions from purchased electricity.
This means you can be confident that the electricity your organisation has purchased is renewably sourced and can be reported with zero carbon emissions under the GHG Protocol market-based method.
* Backed by a ‘Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin’ where consumption used is matched to an equivalent volume generated by our wind and hydro assets then exported to the National Grid.
Our actions and decisions are ethical, responsible and balanced helping to achieve environmental, social and economic well-being for current and future generations.
This report provides an overview of SSE’s detailed sustainability approach, key policies, management and performance with a particular focus on the 2016/17 financial year.
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Here’s how SSE Better Business is already helping our customers
The SSE Green tariff has already helped businesses, of all different shapes and sizes, to demonstrate their environmental commitments, positive ethical choices and improve their sustainability credentials.
Some of their stories are below:
Robin Baker Architects
As a Perthshire based small businesses, Architect Robin Baker has always had to consider the environmental impact of his designs, taking the time to source everything from renewable insulation to reclaimed materials for green-savvy clients. Now he’s decided to lower the carbon footprint of his firm too.
Wincanton, Britain’s largest logistics company and supply chain experts, are realising the power of going green. For more than 5 years all of their mainland UK operations have been powered by SSE Green Energy. Being able to demonstrate their commitment to the environment has given Wincanton a real point of differentiation from their competitors.
100% renewable electricity helped Barnardo’s cut its carbon footprint
As a charity, Barnardo’s is committed to transforming young lives and help shape a fairer society. Barnardo’s key challenge was how they could take care of their current finances while looking towards a greener, more sustainable future.
Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important in business. Involving a complicated balance of regulatory compliance and marketing opportunity, it’s more important than ever to understand the positive role that renewable energy can play in your business.
If you’re part of a large business and have a legal responsibility to report your greenhouse gas emissions, being able to purchase a renewable energy product, like SSE Green, is a major bonus.
At the same time, regardless of the size of your business, demonstrating your ‘green’ credentials shows a positive commitment to sustainable values that customers increasingly appreciate.
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So, what is a REGO?
There are schemes in operation around the world that have been designed to help companies to source renewable energy which, in turn, helps with their greenhouse gas reporting.
In the UK, the REGO scheme is administered by Ofgem – a non-ministerial government department set up to protect the interests of gas and electricity consumers.
REGO stands for Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin and Ofgem issues one REGO for each megawatt hour electricity generated from a renewable source like wind or hydro.
This means SSE can supply renewable energy backed by a guarantee of origin certifying that the electricity purchased has been matched to that generated from SSE’s portfolio of wind and hydro assets.
How does REGO-backed electricity compare to standard fuel mix?
All electricity suppliers in the UK have to disclose how the electricity they supply has been generated. Electricity in the UK comes from a variety of sources including coal or gas fired power stations, nuclear power stations and various renewable sources.
Like all of major electricity suppliers, SSE’s standard fuel mix comes from a combination of generation assets. Our standard fuel mix reflects both the electricity created by our own generation assets and the electricity we purchase to meet customer demand.
Although SSE Green customers get their electricity through the national grid as normal, it’s matched to REGOs allocated to SSE by Ofgem. So the electricity they buy is deemed to be 100% renewable energy. That makes reporting your emissions a lot easier – and it shows customers and other stakeholders that your business has made a commitment to support the long-term development of sustainable energy resources.
With SSE Rego+*, each megawatt of renewable power is matched to a named generating asset, providing traceability and underlining your organisation’s commitment to green issues.
Good for business, good for the environment
When you purchase SSE Green electricity supported by REGO accreditation, reporting your greenhouse gas emissions is much easier. It also shows customers and other stakeholders that your business has made a commitment to support the long-term development of sustainable energy resources.
When you sign up to SSE Green*, we’ll give you some additional benefits that will help to set your business apart from the competition.
Displaying our specially-designed certificate or logo means you can enhance your business in lots of simple ways.
It’s easy to show your sustainability credentials.
You can display your SSE Green certificate in a prominent part of your office or your reception area. The SSE Green logo can be used on letterheads, as an email footer or as a window sticker. You can also include the certification as a credential in new business proposals and you can incorporate the logo into any of your sales collateral or presentations too. And, of course, you can also show-off your sustainability credentials on your social media pages.
What’s more, you can even put your business forward to be a case study for SSE Business Energy. That way, we can help to promote your business. Just get in touch if you’d like to make this happen.
*SSE Green – 100% renewable electricity is backed by a ‘Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin’, where the consumption used is matched with an equivalent volume of renewable electricity.
What value is there to having a SSE Green contract?
SSE Green enables you to report zero emissions for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting using the market-based method for your Scope 2 purchased electricity.
As well as being able to report zero emissions, organisations with SSE Green can also enhance their environmental reputation and commitment with customers and other stakeholders, reduce the carbon footprint of their organisation, demonstrate best practise in the marketplace and demonstrate commitment to renewable and sustainable goals.
What are REGOs?
REGO stands for Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin. It certifies that the electricity purchased comes from a renewable source. One REGO is issued for each megawatt hour of renewable electricity generated.
The REGO scheme is administered by Ofgem and has been designed to increase transparency for consumers who wish to buy renewable energy.
What is the GHG Protocol?
Launched in 1998, the GHG Protocol seeks to develop internationally accepted greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards and tools to promote their adoption worldwide.
What is the GHG Corporate Standard?
This outlines a standard set of accounting and reporting rules for developing corporate inventories. The Corporate Standard identifies and categorises the emissions from all of the operations that together comprise an organisation.
Who needs to undertake GHG reporting?
From October 2013, it has been mandatory for FTSE 100 companies to report GHG emissions in their annual reports.
What changes have been introduced to GHG reporting?
The latest amendment to the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, Scope 2 Guidance (January 2015) introduced changes to the way in which organisations should report their GHG emissions.
The key change is that organisations now have to report their emissions according to a location-based or market-based method. The reason for this change is that organisations have increasingly demanded information about the sources producing their energy, and attributes about that production.
The location-based method reflects the average emissions intensity of grids on which energy consumption occurs (using mostly grid-average emission factor data) whilst the market-based method reflects emissions from electricity that companies have purposefully chosen (or their lack of choice).
How can we be certain that SSE Green is generated from renewable sources?
SSE is provided by Ofgem with REGOs for each megawatt hour of renewable electricity generated and these are matched to the purchased electricity on your contract.
Where does the SSE Green electricity come from?
SSE has around 2,500MW of wind (onshore and offshore) and hydro assets in operation throughout the UK with a further 400MW of onshore wind currently in construction. SSE Green will also be supported by REGO’s from other wind and hydro generators.
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Meeting the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard
Using the 'market-based' reporting method under the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, Scope 2, the electricity you purchase can be matched to Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs), allowing you to report zero emissions. SSE Green benefits:
Report zero emissions for 'Scope 2' purchased electricity
Reduce your organisation's carbon footprint
Demonstrate your commitment to renewable and sustainable goals
Enhance your reputation with customers and other stakeholders
Demonstrate best practice in your marketplace.
To switch your organisation to SSE Green, speak to your SSE Business Energy account manager today.
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