How does renewable energy relate to net-zero? - Inteb

How does renewable energy relate to net-zero?


Embracing renewable energy is key to reaching net-zero by 2050. In fact, without it, reaching the targets set by the UK Government will be almost impossible.

The good news?

Renewable energy use is on the rise.

The importance of renewable energy in reaching net-zero

In 2008, just 7% of the electricity used in the UK came from low carbon sources. But by 2018, the figure had risen to 33%.

And it’s not surprising when you look at the facts.

Renewable energy is natural, doesn’t harm the planet and is cheaper than it’s alternatives, like gas, coal and oil.

So, by embracing green energy, like:

  • Offshore wind
  • Onshore wind
  • Solar power
  • Biomass (the burning of plants, wood and household waste)

It makes it easier and faster to reduce our carbon footprint, air pollution and damage to our oceans.

10 key facts

With the above benefits in mind, here are ten few key facts about renewable energy:

One. Green power never depletes

Unlike fossil fuels which are mined, drilled, burned from the earth, renewable energy is natural. This means there are no emissions and can be harnessed through solar power, anaerobic digesters (food and bacteria), hydropower and wind energy.

Two. It creates jobs

As the renewable energy sector grows, so does its workforce. Right now, it generates up to five times more jobs than in the non-renewable sector.

Three. Renewable energy isn’t new

Incredibly, the invention of the waterwheel over two-thousand years ago forms the basis of all modern-day hydropower plants.

Four. Solar power doesn’t need the sun

Although solar power harnesses power from the sun and produces more on a bright day, it’s still possible to produce solar energy on a cloudy day.

Five. Core power

Magma from the earth’s crust is used to power geothermal energy.

Six. Iceland is green

99% of Iceland’s energy comes from hydropower and geothermal sources.

Seven. The pandemic made the UK greener

In 2020, carbon emissions plummeted due to the increase in renewable energy use. And due to the combination of solar farms, wind turbines, hydropower and biomass, the UK experienced its first coal-free period.

Eight. Green energy is good for humans

Green energy has no airborne emissions, which can help prevent heart and lung diseases caused by air pollution.

Nine. Solar energy is free

Although homeowners have to pay to install solar panels, they don’t pay for any electricity generated through them. Short-term expense, long-term savings!

Ten. Renewable energy stops power outages

A constant supply of energy from multiple renewable energy sources means even if England wins the World Cup and we all put the kettle on at the same time, the power won’t cut out before they lift the trophy.

The challenges acquiring high-quality renewable energy

While all of the above are hugely beneficial, acquiring renewable energy resources which make a significant impact also isn’t easy.

On 9th March 2021, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) published a study called Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting Guidance for Net Zero Carbon Buildings.

The guide, like the Climate Change Committee report released December 2020, explains that, within the UK, the acquiring of renewable electricity is having a limited impact. And in many cases, is having no impact at all on reducing emissions reductions either for the organisation or the UK as a whole.


Because most green energy being procured already exists (e.g., from existing wind farms). And as a result, the procurement doesn’t guarantee an organisation’s actions have any impact on emission reduction. And some suppliers and generators are using procurement to greenwash their tariffs.

But that doesn’t mean your business shouldn’t consider switching to renewable energy.

The benefits of reducing carbon emissions for your business are huge

And switching helps you reap those benefits, which include:

  • Greater operational long-term resiliency
  • Saving money
  • Positive impact on your reputation
  • Opportunity to diversify your services and products that aid sustainability.

But to do that, you’ll need a net-zero strategy that shows what the future looks like for your business – and Inteb can help.

At Inteb, our experts help you set achievable targets and put a framework in place to help you meet your net-zero targets. So, if you’re unsure what strategy you need to adopt. Or where to start. Inteb can work with you to put it in place across your business.

Need help switching to renewable energy?

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