The Challenge

Bioregional consider this to be the challenge we face globally in relation to Sustainable Energy:

  • Climate Change due to human induced build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere

The Goals

Bioregional identify the following One Planet goals, set so we can all contribute to a common and ultimate goal:

  • Buildings are energy efficient compared to a stated local or national benchmark or a recognised standard
  • 100% of energy consumed is supplied by non-polluting renewable energy generated on-site or off-site

The Green Centre

Green Centre SUSTAINABLE ENERGY actions

1. Local actions
Our starting point was to identify some simple ideas to include in our work on a daily basis: 

  • to use renewable energy
  • to use less energy

To better understand sustainable energy:


2. National actions
In order to understand the renewable energy markets we have and secure our own renewable energy:

  • we have referred to the Supplier Fuel Mix chart for information about the fuel mix of UK domestic electricity suppliers.  
  • in 2010, while tenants at 39 Manor Hill we chose Good Energy as they were one of only a few energy company providing 100% renewable electricity.
  • since that time many more suppliers have offered green tariffs however some companies are guilty of greenwashing. Here's a simple explanation from Ecotricity to help you make a good choice:

Since beginning our sustainable energy journey we have gained a greater understanding of this subject. Our current recommendations are:

  • Ecotricity - this is our top choice. Listen to Ecotricity CEO Dale Vince explain, "Bills into Mills" and then you decide.
  • Good Energy - provide 100% renewable electricity and carbon neutral gas.
  • Octopus Energyis a British renewable energy group specialising in sustainable energy. 

3. Global actions
On the global stage we are mindful of the harmful ways in which energy is extracted:

  • it's difficult to look past the growth of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in China, Canada and the United States where it has significantly boosted domestic oil production and driven down gas prices. It is estimated to have offered gas security to the US and Canada for about 100 years. 
  • while the UK continue to pursue this controversial fossil fuel, Frack Off continue to campaign against fracking. There are fracking bans or restrictions in Ireland, Scotland and Wales leaving England leading the charge to frack. Bans also exist across Europe and the rest of the world.