Do you wish to join a supplier that invests in renewable energy? Good news! The new Greenpeace ranking lists precisely the good and bad performers when it comes to environmental issues.
It would seem that subscribing to a green electricity deal is well-intentioned. Protecting the planet and checking global warming is indeed in tune with the times and, according to several associations, an urgent matter. Given the importance of what is a stake, some people make a lot of small gestures in everyday life that ultimately make the difference. For example, each and every one of us can reduce water consumption, avoid the use of toxic products, recycle our waste… or even choose our supplier of electricity and/or gas carefully.
Though this used to require consumers to make a major effort, it doesn’t any more. At least to find out how green the energy supplied by the company is as well as its environmental management policy. Indeed, the Greenpeace ranking directly reveals the greenest suppliers on the market.
The Greenpeace ranking is interesting because it brings to light a controversial yet legal practice: the purchase of guarantee of origin labels (GOL).
In Europe, energy suppliers can offer deals with a 100% green energy. This would lead consumers, logically, to believe that the electricity sold as such comes from a renewable energy source. However, this is not necessarily the case.
Indeed, when a supplier sells a 100% green electricity deal in Europe, he is obliged to prove that this electricity is green by providing GOL in equal quantity. Three scenarios are then possible:
In fact, it is quite possible to offer green electricity deals while investing in dirty energy. This is annoying for households that absolutely refuse to fund nuclear, gas or coal-powered plants. This is why, through its ranking, Greenpeace hopes to help consumers to find a supplier that really does contribute to the development of green energy.
In the Greenpeace ranking, each supplier is awarded a score out of 20 according to its energy policy and the weighting of the factors taken into account. Then, on the basis of this score and these criteria, the NGO assigns a certain number of suns:
In 2016, Cociter, Ecopower and Wase Wind achieved the maximum possible number of suns available. This year, these three cooperatives are again among the top of the ranking, but this time they are joined by Energie 2030, which has earned an extra sun. With three suns, Eneco and another two companies are close behind while Mega, Poweo and Ebem have obtained two. At the bottom of the ranking, with no suns, are again notably Belgium’s three major energy suppliers: Engie Electrabel, Lampiris and EDF Luminus. Bad news for them, but probably not surprising, while Belpower and Essent.be can now boast to have one sun.
Having seen the Greenpeace ranking, do you wish to switch energy supplier? Good idea! Now is the chance to support a more ecological one and make savings! However, it will only be possible to reduce your bill if you choose the best electricity deal, green if possible, from among those offered by the chosen supplier. To do so you can simply use the Greenpeace comparison tool.
If you have any questions about the methodology used by Greenpeace, feel free to contact one of our consultants by phone on 02 318 68 86 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be happy to help you and especially will be able to check which is the best electricity price for you based on your consumption.
To hell with nuclear power and fossil fuels! They are too harmful to the environment! In short, it is on this premise that Greenpeace drafts its ranking of active suppliers of electricity in Belgium.
More precisely, the ONG distinguishes suppliers according to three criteria:
To make the result more understandable for the citizens, the organization performs a calculation that allows it to assign a score to each supplier and offer its opinion in the form of suns. The more suns a company gets, the greater its support for the renewable energy sector. A pretty clear system that has been reviewed this year, just as in 2016.
Why? Thanks to these changes, Greenpeace seeks to reflect the reality of the facts more precisely. So, after a single score out of 20 (in 2014) and a scoring system stopping at three suns (in 2016), this year each supplier can harvest a maximum of 4 suns. The Holy Grail of supply companies committed to promoting clean energy. Because getting a good score is a commercial argument served on a plate that usually wins over consumers.
In detail, Greenpeace has decided this year to review the investment component to also take divestments into account. This change is not negligible since it is the part to which the NGO assigns the highest weighting, i.e. half of the points. Reflecting the direction followed by the company, it was previously only determined by taking note of new investments and comparing them to the current production (or purchase) of energy in order to properly assess its importance.
Although this methodology is still in use, this time Greenpeace has divided investments into two categories: those made during the last two years and those planned for the next two years. In addition, the organization has chosen to reward companies implementing a disinvestment policy in coal, lignite and nuclear power in order to fight global warming. Many millions of euros can potentially support the energy transition instead of the development of polluting projects. Clearly, to get the maximum score concerning investments, efforts must be made at different levels.
Are you convinced by this ranking? Then don’t wait any longer to check the rating of your current supplier! If it does not suit you, remember that you can terminate your electricity contract at any time, free of charge. Moreover, you can rely on our help knowing that we are available on 02 318 68 86, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.Respond!