Behind your low carbon electricity: How do renewable energy certificates work?

With more and more businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint, companies are taking positive steps forward to meet the government’s “net zero by 2050” target

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To do so, you can choose a renewable electricity supply, backed by Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates, or EU GoOs (the European equivalent of a REGO). Both are examples of Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) which guarantee that your supplier will source your electricity from renewable generation.

For every megawatt hour (MWh) generated from renewable sources, Ofgem will issue a REGO certificate. This certificate authenticates to the consumer that renewable sources produced that portion of energy.

At the end of the financial year, all REGOs issued will be listed in the Ofgem Renewable and CHP Register allocated to the supplier that held them at that point.

Benefits for your business

Zero carbon emissions reportable within your power supply – if your power is 100% renewable (more on that below), then your business can report zero carbon emissions under Scope 2 related to its purchased electricity

Clearly demonstrate your sustainability efforts to customers – with the Ofgem register being freely available, the public can see the listing of the supplier you purchased them from. Whilst they won’t have your organisation’s name listed explicitly, these can then be traced back to your business.

Find out how they can benefit your business

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