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Shell energy unveils new carbon neutral tariffs for UK households

Shell launches new ‘carbon neutral’ tariffs as public attitude shifts towards environmental awareness.

  • 05 June 2020
  • Joana Costa Figueira

Shell launches new ‘carbon neutral’ tariffs as public attitude shifts towards environmental awareness.

Shell Energy Retail has launched two new carbon-neutral energy tariffs for UK households. It combines its existing 100 percent renewable electricity with offsetting emissions from heating and cooking through investment in nature-based projects.

This comes as new research from Ipsos Mori shows that more than two thirds of Brits (67%) say they will seek out more environmentally-sound products as Coronavirus impacts attitudes to the environment.

The new ‘Go Further’ home energy tariffs, aim to offset carbon dioxide emissions created during the production of renewable electricity through certified carbon credits from projects that protect or enhance forests around the world. One tariff offers fixed prices for two years while the other fixes them for three.

In addition to offsetting emissions created when 100 percent renewable electricity is produced and distributed to customers’ homes, the new tariff also offsets emissions created by the production and consumption of gas.

“Shell supports the UKs ambition to get to net zero emissions by 2050, and recently set out our own ambition to become a net zero emissions energy business in the same timeframe,” said Colin Crooks, CEO of Shell Energy Retail. “Working towards net zero homes will play a big part in getting the UK to net zero emissions.”

“We are here to help our customers make their homes more energy efficient and shift heating to alternative, cleaner forms of energy such as electric heat pumps or hydrogen,” said Crooks. “At Shell we’re actively exploring options in all these areas, but carbon offsetting also has a role to play in helping consumers tackle their carbon footprint.”

The company stresses that it will purchase carbon offset credits that have been independently verified, can deliver on reduction both emissions, and can protect and/or enhance exists natural forest ecosystems. Such projects include work in the Cordillera Azul National Park in Peru and Katingan Mentaya in Indonesia.