Vegan energy is the production of electricity or gas that doesn’t involve the use of animals or animal by-products.
There are two main sources of non-vegan energy generation in the UK: anaerobic digestion (AD) and biomass. Both types of energy production can contain by-products of animal farming: factory-farmed livestock, slaughterhouse waste, fish parts, and animal slurry.
Ofgem requires all energy providers to declare the fuel mix of the energy they supply but there’s no obligation to declare whether animals are used in its production.
How is vegan different to green?
Green energy is the production of electricity and gas through renewable sources, instead of fossil fuels, and is produced by harnessing power from solar, wind, wave and tidal sources. However, just because an energy supply is green, it doesn’t make it vegan.
Many green energy companies supply electricity generated using animals or animal by-products.
Is your energy supplier vegan?
Four of the Big Six energy companies have animal by-products in their supply chains, along with many independent and green energy suppliers. Their energy has been sourced from AD and biomass generators linked to animal farming.
Less than 1% of energy is non-vegan friendly, yet affects almost 60% of the UK.