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Renewables-backed electricity offer extended to small businesses

Published: 21 January 2020 - Carly Wills

E.ON has announced it would be extending its 100 per cent renewables-backed electricity supply to eligible small business customers across Britain – committing to source electricity matched with wind, solar and other sources for 100,000 or more small businesses over the next 12 months.

E.ON already provides its residential customers electricity supply backed by 100 per cent renewable sources – on all tariffs, as standard, at no extra cost. Eligible small business customers will also now receive that offer when they renew or agree a new supply contract directly with E.ON.

In a survey for E.ON, more than half (54 per cent) of Britons believe we, as a nation, are not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle our impact on the planet, with around a quarter (27 per cent) of people saying it’s the responsibility of business.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, three-quarters (77 per cent) believe we should support cleaner energy, and among consumers more than two thirds (70 per cent) said they would be willing to pay more if the manufacturer of a product was making sustained efforts to act in a climate-friendly way.

And with a poll showing that more than three quarters of people in Britain are concerned about climate change (77 per cent), and a similar number saying they could do more to be more sustainable (79 per cent), the move demonstrates the need for companies to support consumers in taking steps to reduce their environmental impact.  

E.ON already acquires a significant proportion of renewable electricity needs for customers’ homes through agreements with wind generators around the country, directly purchasing the electricity produced on behalf of customers. 

The remaining electricity used by all customers is matched with 100 per cent renewable electricity sourced externally through such things as renewable electricity guarantee certificates from the likes of wind, biomass and solar sources. These certificates guarantee that an equivalent amount of renewable electricity was generated to the amount supplied. 

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