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An SME guide to energy procurement and green tariffs

Enabling SMEs to source cleaner energy for their business


Reducing energy use and sourcing cleaner energy makes perfect business sense; it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

Energy procurement and green tariffs guide overview

Published October 2019

Choosing a green tariff is a valuable step towards making your business more sustainable. However, some green tariff supplies are greener than others in terms of how much they directly support investment in the UK renewables industry. 

There are a number of different approaches to energy procurement. The guide describes how you can best carry this out in-house, as well as providing some useful information regarding using an energy broker should you want to consult an expert.

This 19-page guide on energy procurement and green tariffs is designed to help businesses of all sizes to be proactive in managing their energy supply contracts and energy usage to help save money and carbon emissions.

Guide contents:

  • Overview of energy supply in the UK
    • Trends in electricity demand and generation sources
    • Trends in gas suppliers and sources
  • Procurement of energy
    • The price of energy
    • Types of electricity tariff
    • Approaches to energy procurement
  • Energy use in carbon reporting
    • Introduction to scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions
    • Future of carbon reporting
  • Next steps
  • Go online for further information

Publication date Oct 2019; Publication code CTV077.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further Information

The Carbon Trust has the following specific sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

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