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Luke Jerram's Gaia has been installed at the Chippenham HQ of Good Energy

Good Energy installs new artwork, named greenest energy supplier

Chippenham-based 100 percent renewable power supplier Good Energy has revealed a new artwork in its offices to mark two weeks before the COP26 climate summit.

The art installation, called Gaia, offers people a unique view of the Earth using incredibly detailed NASA imagery.

The work first drew attention at the Natural History Museum in London and has gone on to tour Europe, China, and Australia.

Good Energy commissioned Bristol-based international artist Luke Jerram to install a 3.75 metre diameter version of Gaia to float in the middle of its offices.

The artwork will be a permanent feature of Good Energy’s new work space and is intended to inspire employees and local people to protect our fragile Blue Planet.

The opening event was attended by Luke Jerram, alongside Good Energy’s entire staff, and Wiltshire Councillor Nick Botterill, cabinet member for Climate Change.

Good Energy’s CEO, Nigel Pocklington, said: “Gaia is a powerful piece of art which reminds us of the fragile state, and beauty, of our only home. We all need to do more to fix the climate crisis and protect our Blue Planet. This artwork will serve as a daily reminder of what we are fighting for and what’s at stake.”

Luke Jerram said: I hope the artwork is enjoyed by staff of Good Energy and that it reminds them of the importance of their work towards moving our society to a zero carbon future.

Cllr Botterill said: “We’re delighted that Good Energy has brought this fascinating art installation to our Monkton Park offices, so it can be enjoyed by our staff and local residents.

“This artwork reminds us all of our responsibility to protect the planet and play an active role in tackling climate change and that’s a really inspiring and important message.”

Both Good Energy and Wiltshire Council have declared a climate emergency and are working on strategies to support the Government’s plan to reduce emissions to zero by 2050. Wiltshire Council has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The artwork will be on public display during the upcoming COP26 climate conference.

Members of the public will be able to view the piece between Tuesday, November 9 to Thursday, November 11, between 16.30 and 17.30. Free tickets are limited to 20 per day and can be booked at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/visit-luke-jerrams-gaia-at-good-energy-offices-tickets-196409986557

Meanwhile, the firm has topped Which? magazine’s new league table on the sustainability of energy suppliers and awarded the magazine’s new Eco Provider badge.

Which? looked into the claims of over 40 energy companies, asking them about their practices in buying renewable electricity and green gas.

Each company was given a rating out of 20. Good Energy was the only company to be awarded 19 out 20. Its closest competitor was awarded 16 points.

Nigel Pocklington said: “This is a really important accreditation and Good Energy’s industry topping score validates the unique work we have been doing to support renewables for over 20 years.

“Greenwashing is rife in the energy market with most suppliers not buying the green power to match their green tariffs. But the tide is turning and Which?’s new scheme will help people tell the difference between those companies who walk the walk, and those who don’t.”

Speaking about the research, Harry Rose, Which? Magazine editor, said: “We know consumers are growing ever-more environmentally conscious, and our research shows that some energy firms go to great lengths to invest in the technology we need to clean up the grid, generate renewable electricity, or buy it from renewable generators.

“However, some other energy suppliers do the minimum required to label their tariffs ‘green’ and it can be hard for consumers to understand what they are buying.

“Which? believes there needs to be greater clarity on how renewable electricity is defined and marketed. People can only make informed decisions about where to buy their energy from if firms are more upfront and transparent about their green credentials.”

Stroud-based Ecotricity, which recently failed in a hostile takeover bid for Good Energy, was placed third behind Green Energy.

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