National Grid goes Green for Green GB Week

National Grid is going green to help celebrate the Government’s first Green GB Week.

The week will celebrate leadership in climate change, decarbonisation and look forward to the opportunities of clean growth, to deliver both increased economic growth and decreased emissions. Each day, we will explore different themes and National Grid’s role in these, such as ways we are managing the energy system differently, our approach to low carbon construction and the work we’re doing to enable the uptake of electric vehicles.

Climate change is one of the world’s most pressing challenges.In the 10 years since the Climate Change Act committed the UK to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions by 80% by 2050 from a 1990 baseline, a 43% reduction has been achieved. The UK has been at the forefront of clean growth, growing the economy while decarbonising three times faster than the global average rate and the power sector has been leading the way: since 2012, 75% of emission reductions have come from our sector. 

The demand for more sustainable energy is accelerating the pace of change within the energy industry. We’ve seen huge developments in key technologies such as solar energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and distributed generation. The digitisation of energy networks from generators to households is further changing how everyone – generators, suppliers, distribution companies and consumers -  engage with energy. We face the challenge of adapting our networks to meet new demands and making sure we act on the opportunities that will benefit our customers and stakeholders.

National Grid is actively supporting the decarbonisation of electricity by connecting low carbon generation; working with energy storage companies to utilise our non-operational land for storage, and taking steps to prepare for a comprehensive network of electric vehicles charging points to facilitate low carbon transport. We continue to work closely with BEIS and Ofgem on the development of future energy systems as we respond to the shift to low-carbon energy in the UK. 

Our gas transmission network transports, on average, three times the energy of the electricity transmission network. Therefore, how we decarbonise heat is a critical challenge which we must overcome to achieve our decarbonisation targets. We are working with customers and stakeholders in Great Britain to gather insights on the future role of gas, whether that is as part of a hydrogen network or by increasing the connections of biogas to the grid.  The gas network is key to the transition to a low-carbon future. 

National Grid’s environmental strategy, ‘Our Contribution’, focuses on the areas where we can make the greatest impact including reducing our own carbon footprint, which we’ve already reduced by 65% compared to our 1990 baseline.

As we are at the heart of the energy industry, enabling clean growth provides us – and the customers and communities we serve - with some of the most exciting opportunities. We will be sharing some of these with you each day this week. Find out more on the websiteLinkedIn and Twitter. Do you have a specific question? Get in touch at [email protected]