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Parliamentary question - E-000555/2023Parliamentary question

Advertising by electricity suppliers and the Guarantees of Origin scheme

Question for written answer  E-000555/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Chris MacManus (The Left)

In February 2023, the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland found an energy supplier’s claim of providing 100 % renewable energy to be misleading to consumers, and ruled that the claim must be dropped from the supplier’s marketing materials. Given Ireland’s electricity mix, customers who have signed up to so-called 100 % renewable energy plans still receive energy from fossil fuel sources. The supplier’s claims were based on the purchase of Guarantee of Origin certificates (in accordance with the Renewable Energy Directive[1]). The purchase was overseen by the national energy regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities. The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities has confirmed to the Advertising Standards Authority that its supervision of the Guarantees of Origin scheme is robust.

Submitted: 22.2.2023

Last updated: 27 February 2023
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