The climate crisis is humanity’s greatest challenge. And we won’t beat it alone. But by working together to lower our collective emissions to net zero, we can win the war on carbon. And the more of us there are, the faster we’ll do it.
Kick the carbon with OVO Beyond
On average, your home energy is 26%1 of your carbon footprint. But we’ve got the green energy and technology you need to change that...
OVO Beyond is our upgrade that helps you cut the carbon from your home energy and save money by cutting your bills, too2. All thanks to carbon-neutral energy and personalised suggestions that help you waste less energy.
We’re joining you
Change takes all of us. So we’ve committed to being a net zero carbon business by 2030, while helping you halve your carbon footprint at the same time. We’ll get this done by managing our emissions as an organisation, and helping you to do the same.
We call it Plan Zero, and we’re not doing it alone. All the companies in the OVO family are working towards the same goals.
Ready to kick even more carbon?
Here are more ideas to get you started
Drop halogen. Live LED
For every 34 halogen bulbs swapped for energy-saving LEDs, you could stop 312kg of carbon emissions (and save on your bills too)3.
Save by switching off
Leaving your appliances on standby creates a lot of carbon. If everyone in the UK switches off at the plug, we could stop 5.15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year4.
Turn down the heat
If we all turn our smart thermostats down by just 1 degree, we’ll stop more than 8 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year5.
No to plane. Go by train.
Ditch the plane and take the train to Paris instead this summer and you’ll stop over 60kg of carbon emissions6.
Based on analysis carried out by the Carbon Trust for OVO Group (2019), 26% of an average individual’s carbon footprint in the UK comes from energy. In this analysis, the carbon footprint includes the following lifestyle categories: energy, transport, shopping, food and drink and holidays. See table below for each category. This excludes emissions from things that the average person cannot directly control such as supporting the NHS, defence, government bodies, etc.
UK AVERAGE INDIVIDUAL CARBON FOOTPRINT BREAKDOWN
Total UK average individual carbon emissions (kgCO2e/year)
Contribution to total (%)
Food and Drink
2 - By providing 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon-neutral gas (15% green gas and 85% offset) and offsetting all associated lifecycle carbon emissions involved in the production and consumption of your energy, OVO Beyond reduces your yearly carbon emissions from the energy used in your home to net zero. We buy our renewable electricity via renewable certificates (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs)). See here for details on Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates and how these work. We buy our green gas via renewable certificates (Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGOs)). See here for details on Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin and how these work. We offset the remaining emissions by supporting UN-led REDD+ carbon reduction projects that are certified to the Verified Carbon Standard.
Bill savings are based on you making changes to your energy habits through your use of OVO Beyond. Actual savings will vary depending on your energy use and the changes you make.
3 - We know that switching 34 bulbs from halogen to LED saves 312kg of carbon because a halogen bulb on average produces 11.06kg of carbon, whilst an LED bulb produces just 1.896kg. This is a saving of just over 9kg per bulb. Which multiplied by 34 bulbs comes out at 312kg.
Here’s how much energy LED uses compared to Halogen. We then used emissions factors based on the lifecycle electricity emissions for the UK grid average electricity fuel mix. Emissions factors were provided by the Carbon Trust.
4 - By turning off our standby appliances we could save up to 5.15m tonnes of carbon per year because each home uses a maximum of 591kWh of energy on standby (Energy Saving Trust). This is equal to 186.7kg of carbon per household (based on the lifecycle electricity emissions for the UK grid average electricity fuel mix, provided by the Carbon Trust). Since there are 27.6m households in the UK (ONS, 2018), we multiplied the 186.7kg saving by 27.6m - which comes to just over 5.15m tonnes of carbon.
5 - If all of us in the UK turned our thermostats down by just 1 degree, we’d prevent 8.8 million tonnes of carbon entering the atmosphere each year. We know this because turning the thermostat by one degree you can save 320kg of carbon a year, or 0.32 tonnes (Source: Energy Saving Trust). And we multiplied this by the number of households in the UK (ONS, 2018).
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