Vegan electricity is here, because your last cuppa was made by a pig!
by Abi Aldridge
What's Going On Here?
Did you know, companies generate electricity using waste from the meat and dairy industries. Which is why green energy supplier Ecotricity has announced the launch of it’s new ‘vegan-friendly’ electricity tariff. However, this one will only use solar, wind and hydropower!
What Does This Mean?
Four of the Big Six energy suppliers (and most of the independent and green ones) use waste to generate electricity. This means that almost 60% of UK homes are currently powered by animal slurry, dead fish and other nasty stuff!
Generating electricity by burning waste or processing it in an anaerobic digester has grown in popularity over the past 10 years because it’s considered a greener form of energy than traditional coal or gas. In London, the amount of waste incinerated has more than doubled in the last decade with nearly 2 million tonnes burnt in 2017.
Image source: https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/our-green-energy/vegan-energy-supply
Why Should We Care?
Not everyone’s convinced that energy-from-waste truly is sustainable. Many people believe it is inefficient at converting the waste into energy, with only an estimated 25-35% of the waste actually becoming usable energy.
And there are other negative factors such as releasing carbon into the atmosphere, taking materials out of the circular economy and air pollution. The London Assembly even concluded that incineration should be a ‘last resort’
Energy suppliers don’t usually tell us if they use animal products to generate electricity. But Ecotricity hopes that their tariff will encourage more transparency from other providers so customers are able to make better-informed choices on where their energy comes from.
Is your energy supplier in the table above? Don’t panic or get green guilt! Here’s what you can do!
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