Tuesday 9th February 2010 saw the launch of Ofgem's new Green Energy Label scheme, which will help consumers identify the true "green" energy tariffs offered by suppliers.
The new "green energy certified" label implemented by Ofgem means that energy suppliers will need to prove that their "green tariffs" provide more than the basic requirements and are delivering environmental benefits. This will be recognised by the tariff having the "green energy certified" label, meaning that the tariff has been certified under the new scheme.
The new scheme will mean that there is less confusion over these "green tariffs" and give the customers more information on what the environmental benefits are and offer more transparency over the suppliers that are actually producing more environmentally friendly tariffs, rather than just providing their existing government requirement obligations.
Concerns began when energy suppliers started labelling tariffs green, when really they were just meeting their existing obligations required by all energy companies enforced by the government.
This scheme reassures customers that if they choose a green electricity tariff, usually a more expensive option, that they will be supporting a supplier that has proven that they are helping to reduce carbon emissions.
Under the new scheme suppliers must now take extra steps to prove and demonstrate to an independent panel that their "green tariffs" are actually in addition to their existing requirements set by the government and result in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to a minimum threshold.
The Green Energy Certification Scheme guarantees the following three things if a tariff has been certified under the new scheme:
The following gas and electricity tariffs have been certified with the new green energy scheme label.
To compare green energy tariffs, start a comparison and on the results screen click on the 'green' tab