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Energy and environment

Back when OVO started out, our ambitions were to be better, simpler and greener than traditional energy companies. And as we’ve grown, our sense of responsibility to people and planet hasn’t diminished, and neither has our passion for the science behind the energy we supply.

In this section of OVO Answers we talk about all things energy and environment – from sustainability to science!  

All those energy questions answered

Have you ever wondered what energy is? Where does it come from? What’s electricity? And what about nuclear power? Our in-house experts have been working hard to demystify all things energy in an accessible way – ideal if you're helping with the kids' homework (or just feeling curious).

OVO and the environment

As an energy company, we believe we have a responsibility to consider, and where possible, reduce our environmental impact. We do this in a number of ways, including our historic support of rainforest charity Cool Earth. There’s lots of info about that, plus other ways we’re working  hard to be greener – like providing at least 33% renewable electricity as standard. 

Doing the right thing

There’s lots of handy information to help you do the right thing too. From info about climate change, carbon footprints and recycling, through to our overview on energy efficiency, it’s all helpful stuff.

Cool Earth

OVO started working with rainforest preservation charity Cool Earth back in 2011. Together, we’ve saved an impressive 100,000 acres of rainforest. There’s info in this topic about who Cool Earth are and why we chose to work with them.  

We Dig Trees – do you? 

I Dig Trees is a programme OVO runs on behalf of our Greener Energy plan customers to plant 157,000 trees and improve over 2,000 green spaces across the UK. There’s lots of info about this exciting volunteer programme, including what kind of trees we’re planting, why we’re on a planting mission, and who’s involved. 

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What is the greenhouse effect?
The greenhouse effect is a natural process whereby the Earth’s atmosphere insulates the planet and keeps it warm. (Space is really, really cold.)
Why should we recycle?
Our planet has finite resources, so it makes sense to use them carefully – reducing waste, reusing things where we can and recycling whenever reuse isn’t possible.
What is I Dig Trees?
What is I Dig Trees?
I Dig Trees is a programme OVO runs on behalf of our Greener Energy plan customers. It started in 2015, with 158,000 trees. This year we plan to plant 250,000 saplings and improve over 1,250 green spaces right across the UK.
How does I Dig Trees work?
If you’re wondering just how I Dig Trees works, read on to discover how – and why – we’ll be planting thousands of trees on behalf of our Greener Energy customers.
Where will OVO plant trees?
If you want to know more about locations we’ll be planting saplings through OVO’s I Dig Trees planting scheme, you’re in the right place.
Which varieties of tree will you plant through I Dig Trees?
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), helped us choose which varieties of tree to plant for I Dig Trees. They’re mostly deciduous UK ‘natives’, loved by birds and other wildlife.
Why have you set up I Dig Trees?
If you’re wondering why has OVO set up I Dig Trees, read on to discover the thinking behind the scheme.
Who are The Conservation Volunteers and how do they help with I Dig Trees?
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) helps people reclaim local green places through environmental projects – we’re working with them to deliver I Dig Trees.
How much CO2 will I Dig Trees save?
Find out more about OVO’s I Dig Trees programme – and how we’ll measure the positive impact it should make on CO2 levels.
A guide to recycling
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