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British Gas

How ethical is British Gas?

British Gas is an energy supplier which was founded in 1812 and was the world’s first public utility company.

British Gas has been given a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Energy Suppliers Ratings Table. Although it has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see British Gas make progress in future.

Read more about the issues facing the Ethical Energy Suppliers sector and find out which companies have achieved accreditation for their commitment to being ethical and sustainable.

In which areas does British Gas perform poorly?

British Gas is given a bottom rating for Energy Mix, as its percentage of renewable energy is below the Renewable Obligation amount. It also gets a bottom score for Nuclear as parent company, Centrica, still owns a stake in EDF’s nuclear power arm. Find out more about how we rate.

In which areas does British Gas score well for its ethics?

British Gas is given a top rating for its Environmental Report as parent company, Centrica, has an Annual Report containing plenty of targets.

We found no criticisms of British Gas relating to Pollution, Animal Welfare, or Armaments therefore it scores well for these criteria.

How can British Gas improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that British Gas is awarded is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria. To reach our minimum benchmark score and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, British Gas has some issues to resolve including its involvement in nuclear power.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Energy Mix


  • Nuclear Power


  • Pollution



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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