Planet Arborist

Is your energy vegan?

  • March 10, 2020
  • by Gilbert Carey

We’re increasingly more conscious bout the impact our lifestyles have on the planet. While we tend to focus on items around us that we can see, touch and feel, have you considered intangibles like the energy you use?

What exactly is vegan energy?

Vegan energy is the production of electrical or other energy types that don’t involve the use of any animals or animal by-products.

Traditionally the main sources of non-vegan energy are anaerobic digestion and biomass. The production of these types of energy can contain by-products of farming including for example, slurry slaughterhouse waste and livestock.

In the UK, Ofgem requires providers to declare the fuel mix of the energy supplied. That said, there is no requirement to declare whether or not animals are used in its production.

Green energy of vegan energy?

Green energy refers to energy that is produced through the use of renewable sources, including wind, wave and solar. The term does not assure that animals or animal by-products are not used. Of the six large energy companies in the UK, four of them use animal by-products in their supply chains. This is also the case for many of the smaller green energy suppliers.

So how can you check if your energy supplier is vegan?

Four of the Big Six energy companies have animal by-products in their supply chains, along with many independent and green energy suppliers. This means their energy has been sourced from AD and biomass generators that are linked to animal farming.

So what can you do?

Our research uncovered Ecotricity. While it may not be the only vegan energy company, it was the first. The company was founded in 1996 and has evolved over the years towards the supply and distribution of power generated by solar and wind.
Ecotricity has partnered with The Vegan Society and please visit this link to find out more.