Our energy sources

We pledge that the energy for our electricity will have less than half the carbon content of the national average from the previous year.

Have we achieved our pledge?

We have kept our pledge to you, as the electricity we have supplied to year ending March 2013 has only 38.3% (well under half) the carbon content of the UK national average. In generating 1 kWh of electricity, 460.96g CO2 was emitted as a UK national average, compared with only 176.65g CO2 by Co-operative Energy. We achieved our low carbon target by sourcing energy from renewable generators such as wind, hydro and biomass:


We are committed to building an electricity portfolio composed of fuel sources other than coal and oil. We aim for three times the national average of renewable energy and have surpassed this target in 2012/13. Compared to a national average of just 11.3%, we sourced 54.3% of our energy from renewable generators- almost five times as much as the national average.

During 2012/13, we have also managed to avoid coal (the dirtiest fuel) altogether and have not needed to access nuclear energy to achieve our carbon targets.

What about gas?

Whereas we have choices over how electricity is generated, gas is a finite natural resource with a similar carbon content, whatever its origin. So, unlike electricity, carbon emissions from our gas are not affected by our purchasing choices.

About 70% of UK gas comes from domestic sources, principally the North Sea. The majority of the remainder comes from Scandinavian sources and continental Europe, with a small but increasing amount (about 7.5%) coming from Liquefied Natural Gas imported from North Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Reducing carbon emissions

Co-operative Energy is committed to tackling climate change. We do this in four ways:

  1. We are sourcing more of our electricity from low carbon generators, including renewable energy generators like wind and hydro. We aim for the carbon content of our electricity to be less than half the national average. This is our low carbon pledge.
  2. We invest in new renewable generating capacity
  3. We adopt energy-efficient practices throughout our trading group
  4. We help you save energy and give you lots of tips on how to lead a lower carbon life