It may come as a shock to many of you, but electricity is not technically vegan. Why you may ask? Well, to put it quite simply, the process of making electricity involves using animal products.
The process of making energy is called anaerobic digestion, which is a term used to describe a series of biological processes that break down material when oxygen is not present. The end product of anaerobic digestion is biogas, which is then used for either generating electricity and heat, fuel or as a renewable natural gas. The microorganisms used during anaerobic digestion are usually derived from animal by-products or from actual dead animals, most originating from factory farms.
Many companies prefer not to or do not see the need to disclose information on what they use to create their energy, however, energy provider SSE have recently admitted to using dead salmon from a fish farm to make electricity, so definitely not vegan-friendly – and they are not alone in their practices.
Fortunately, hope is on the horizon as the green energy supplier Ecotricity has announced that they will now be 100% vegan certified. As a company, they have acknowledged that generating power using the standard methods is not vegan and have come up with a solution.
Ecotricity produce green electricity made using wind, sun and sea and according to their website, have plans to start generating an eco-friendly gas made from grass.
Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity has spoken on the matter saying “For millions of Britons there’s a secret ingredient in their power, energy companies big, small, brown, green are using the by-products of factory farming to make electricity and gas”.