Opus Energy has launched a new renewable energy tariff which it will provide as standard for all new and renewing small to medium businesses.
Opus has guaranteed that all electricity supplied through this tariff will be sourced from UK and European renewable generators.
This includes Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire which uses sustainable biomass to create energy.
The power plant currently uses a mix of biomass and coal but the two remaining coal units are set to be converted to biomass by 2021.
The energy will also be supplied by over 2,400 independent UK and European generators, such as farms, schools and community projects where wind turbines and solar panels are used to produce electricity.
For larger companies, Opus has said they will allow companies to support local generators who source their electricity exclusively from renewable energy.
Paul Sheffield, managing director of Drax’s customer business, including Opus Energy said: ‘The climate crisis is the greatest challenge the world faces and we want to make it easier for businesses to reduce emissions to help achieve the UK’s net-zero carbon targets.
‘Our new Opus Advance tariff will give businesses more control over their carbon emissions, improving their sustainability.
‘Drax is committed to enabling a zero-carbon, lower-cost energy future.
‘By working with our customers as an energy partner, we are changing the way they source and use their energy, reducing costs and carbon emissions, whilst helping them to grow better businesses.’
This energy tariff is in line with Opus’ parent company Drax to be carbon negative by 2030.
Drax has plans to use 100% bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology, which will remove more carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere than it produces, creating a negative carbon footprint for the company.
Drax is already running a successful BECCS pilot at its power station capturing a tonne of carbon dioxide every day. However, Drax said their ambition is only achievable with an investment framework into BECCS and government subsidies for the plant are already around £2m a day.
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