Climate change, resulting from the use of fossil fuels and their carbon emissions, is a significant global environmental challenge. Guernsey Electricity is fully supportive of greenhouse gas reduction targets and has taken steps to reduce emissions by 66%. This has principally been achieved by switching from on-island generation using fossil fuels to importing from France low-carbon electricity from nuclear and renewable sources, including La Rance Tidal Power Station in Brittany.
Our environmental aspirations also apply ‘on-island’; and Guernsey Electricity believes local renewable generation has a role to play in the future energy system. By investing in larger scale solar array projects, Guernsey Electricity
is taking a community-based approach to local renewable generation ensuring everyone in our society benefits in the same way. We are enabling a fairer and more equitable approach for the Island to meet its local renewable aspirations and all customers can be proud that a proportion of their electricity supply comes from locally sourced renewable energy.
Guernsey Electricity has also supported the move to electric vehicles, introducing several models in its operational fleet and is working with government to explore options for additional public charging points. We also promote energy effi ciency in homes and businesses, demonstrating commitment to this cause through a number of in-house initiatives around energy effi ciency, waste and recycling.
In April 2018 Guernsey Electricity introduced a new carbon emissions reporting system, which enables the disclosure of all greenhouse gas emissions, rather than just carbon, as previously. This aligns with the European best practice guidelines and requirements outlined in the Paris Agreement which will come into force in 2020 as the Kyoto Protocol is phased out.
BY INVESTING IN LARGER SCALE SOLAR ARRAY PROJECTS, GUERNSEY ELECTRICITY IS TAKING A COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH TO LOCAL RENEWABLE GENERATION ENSURING EVERYONE IN OUR SOCIETY BENEFITS IN THE SAME WAY
Looking ahead, we believe the best way to deliver the low carbon aspiration is to focus on the transition away from fossil- based fuel for everyday activities – such as heating your home with oil or gas – and driving petrol or diesel vehicles. The Island’s energy policy will, to some extent, influence the rate at which these changes occur. There are also other exciting technologies emerging, such as smart appliances and battery storage, which have the potential to make our energy system more efficient and dynamic.
Many of the changes in the energy system are already taking place and we are at the start of a fundamental energy transition journey. However, with the threats of climate change
it is important that the Island embraces this transition and maintains momentum towards a cleaner, greener island.