More and more customers expect companies to be sustainable. SSE Green makes it easy for your organisation to demonstrate its sustainability credentials.
SSE Green helps industrial and commercial organisations with their greenhouse gas reporting. With SSE Green, all of the electricity your organisation uses can come with a zero emission rating. We can supply renewable energy with a ‘guarantee of origin’, certifying that it has been generated exclusively through a portfolio of wind and hydro assets. Download our 100% renewable energy factsheet to find out more.
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.
As a charity, Barnardo’s is committed to transforming young lives and help shape a fairer society. Barnardo’s key challenge was how could they take care of their current finances while looking towards a greener, more sustainable future. Download the case study today and find out how this was achieved through Barnardo’s and SSE Business Energy working together.
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.
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.
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 and nuclear power stations as well as various renewable sources.
Like all of the major electricity suppliers, SSE’s standard fuel mix is electricity that comes from a combination of UK generation assets that use natural gas, coal, renewable and other sources. The standard fuel mix reflects both the electricity created by our various generation assets and the electricity we purchase from other generators to meet customer demand.
Although a business buying SSE Green gets its electricity through the national grid as normal, their contract matches the electricity purchased to REGOs allocated to SSE by Ofgem. So the electricity they buy is deemed to be 100% renewable energy and this allows companies to report zero greenhouse gas emissions for purchased electricity.
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.
If you’d like to find out more about how SSE Green can help your business, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
Launched in 1998, the GHG Protocol seeks to develop internationally accepted greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards and tools to promote their adoption worldwide.
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.
From October 2013, it has been mandatory for FTSE 100 companies to report GHG emissions in their annual reports.
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).
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.
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.
If you have any questions regarding the SSE Green proposition, please contact email@example.com.
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:
To switch your organisation to SSE Green, speak to your SSE Business Energy account manager today.
If you have any questions regarding green energy, please see our FAQs above or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.