A sustainable future

Actions speak louder than words, as National Grid’s new environmental sustainability strategy shows.

Trialling a new lower carbon insulating gas, refurbishing and reusing equipment and working with communities to sustainably manage land are among ways that National Grid is demonstrating its commitment to being a green business.

They’re among case studies in a new strategy document, Our Contribution, that has just been published. In it, National Grid lays out its sustainability targets for 2020 and a climate commitment to 2050, for the first time covering operations in both the UK and US.

Significant contribution

Our Contribution highlights areas where National Grid can make the greatest and most significant contribution to a more sustainable future. They include:

  • Our climate commitment – we will make an 80% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
  • Responsible resource use – by 2020, we will reuse or recycle 100% of recovered assets
  • Caring for the natural environment – we will recognise and enhance the value of our natural assets on at least 50 of our sites by 2020.

Sustainable business is good business, says the document. National Grid’s goals  “are not just a win for the planet. They go hand in hand with delivering value for our customers, shareholders, investors, employees and the local communities where we operate.”

Working together

One of those communities is the US state of Massachusetts. There, National Grid is supporting the move to low-carbon transport with its proposal to develop more than 1,200 electric vehicle charging points over three years.

Another is Ambergate in Derbyshire, where National Grid is working in partnership with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, a local farmer and Natural England to protect a Site of Special Scientific Interest that it owns.

Both feature among the 10 case studies in Our Contribution.

Stuart Bailey, Group Head of Environmental Sustainability, said: “Our Contribution demonstrates the areas in which we’re focusing on to become a more sustainable business, and champions some of the successes we’ve already seen. We know that sustainable business is good business and we’ve introduced new targets that will drive greater performance.”