Climate Change

We aim to take the lead on the energy and climate change issues facing society. We will continue to press for ambitious national and international plans to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change.

 

We remain committed to our reduction targets of 45% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 for our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (excluding electricity transmission line losses).

 

We measure and report our emissions of the six Kyoto greenhouse gases using the methodologies set out in the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition).

 

Our key performance indicator in this area is the percentage reduction in our scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (excluding electricity transmission line losses) against our 1990 baseline. We also measure absolute emissions for scope 1, 2 and 3,  and emissions intensity.

Related policies

10 October 2013
Environment
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'Our Contribution' - our approach to environmental sustainability in the UK
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Related metrics

Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions
Our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions are reported in line with the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard. Prior to 2012/13, we reported greenhouse gas emissions attributable to ...
Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions
Our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions are reported in line with the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard. Prior to 2012/13, we reported our electricity ...
Carbon intensity and make up of emissions
Our carbon intensity rose in 2010/11 to around 675 tonnes per £ million of revenue, compared with 630 tonnes in 2009/0, primarily due to increase emissions from our US generation ...
Sulphur hexafluoride
Sulphur hexafluoride is an extremely effective electrical insulator and has significant advantages over alternative materials. It is non-flammable, a critical requirement in the high-voltage ...

Related case studies

10 June 2013
Carbon capture and storage
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an innovative technology designed to capture, transport and permanently store carbon dioxide emissions beneath the seabed. The UK is well placed for the ...
10 June 2013
Smart grid pilot in Massachusetts
We received approval for our $43.6 million (£27.8 million) smart grid pilot programme in August 2012. The pilot will be conducted in the US city of Worcester, Massachusetts. It will test ...
15 June 2012
Our role in evolving to a low carbon economy
The UK Government and EU are committed to 20% of energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. This ...
13 June 2011
Biogas has potential for future energy needs
The first biogas production facility built for injecting gas into the UK gas network was formally launched in October 2010. Going forward, Adnams Bio Energy Ltd (ABE), in partnership with National ...
13 June 2011
UK and US offshore wind projects
In November 2010, we signed our largest ever UK connection contract for the full 7.2 GW of capacity for East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd. The project will commission wind turbines in 10 stages between ...
13 June 2011
Setting standards with greener heat
We are reducing our carbon footprint by changing the way liquefied natural gas (LNG) is converted back to its gaseous form to supply the national gas transmission system. For the conversion process, ...
13 June 2011
Bringing the energy efficiency message to life
In the US, National Grid teamed up with the city of Worcester in Massachusetts to inspire the community to start using ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). We worked with ...
13 June 2011
Solar generation
In the US in June 2010, we successfully commissioned the first rate based utility owned solar generation project in the state of Massachusetts. Three more facilities were completed by December and the ...
01 February 2011
Climate Change Adaptation Report - National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
Following a direction to report issued in March 2010 by the UK Government's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under the Climate Change Act 2008, National Grid is part of the ...
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01 February 2011
Climate Change Adaptation Report - National Grid Gas plc
Following a direction to report issued in March 2010 by the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under the Climate Change Act 2008, National Grid is part of the ...
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01 June 2010
Adapting for climate change
Changing weather will have implications on how we schedule maintenance and on our longer-term planning If the yin of climate change is mitigation, or actions to reduce greenhouse gases, then the yang ...
01 June 2010
Solar generation projects
Five solar projects, totalling five megawatts (MW), have won the pre-approval of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to be built by National Grid. Once complete, they will be the five ...
01 June 2010
Road testing electric vehicles
As part of a new Government-funded project, Leah Fry from global procurement and Danielle Willett from asset management are test-driving 2 of only 25 Mitsubishi I MiEVs in the UK over the course of ...
01 June 2010
Replanting Northport power station
Northport power station is National Grid’s largest power station and its largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. Its four 375-megawatt turbine generators produce a major portion of ...

See also

'Gone green for 2020'
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Carbon Capture and Storage
 

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