Ecotricity has become the world’s first energy supplier to launch an energy supply that contains no animal by-products and is certified by the Vegan Society.
Set up by environmentalist Dale Vince, owner of the world’s first vegan football club Forest Green Rovers, Ecotricity provides green energy to thousands of customers.
However, in its latest statement, Vince explained that animal products such as body parts and slurry exist in the production of regular and some green energy.
Vince said: “Today we’re launching a vegan version.
“While our electricity and gas have been vegan for as long as we’ve been able we’re backing this up with registration from the Vegan Society so that people can be clear.
“Electricity and gas might seem to be an unlikely place to find the things many of us want to avoid – but it’s there.”
A spokesperson for the company, which is working with the Vegan Society on the project, added: “The practice of using animal by-products and even dead animals to make electricity and gas in Britain is widespread, no
t just among the Big Six energy firms, but among smaller and even ‘green’ suppliers too.
“It’s a relatively well-kept secret, typically disclosed only in regulatory materials.”
Vince continued by saying: “For millions of Britons there’s a secret ingredient in their power.
“Energy companies big, small, brown and green are using the by-products of factory farming to make electricity and gas.
“That’s not against the law, but it shouldn’t be a secret, any more than the ingredients in the food we buy should be secret – energy suppliers need to come clean.
“We need clear labelling of energy sourcing so that people can make informed choices.
“A large and growing number of people in Britain make choices every day according to their principles to avoid animals and animal-derived products or those from factory farms – but millions of people unwittingly supporting the meat industry with their energy bills.”
The Vegan Society’s head of business development Chantelle Adkins added: “Animals are needlessly used in almost every area of life, and electricity is sadly not an exception.
“As vegans, we strive to avoid all animal use; it’s disheartening when we’re not able to do so.
“We hope that by highlighting the use of animal by-products to generate electricity we can help people realise just how widespread animal use is in our society and inspire them to avoid it.”