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Connecting to a net zero future

Connecting to a net zero future

The role of interconnectors in a net zero future

Interconnectors act like super-highways for clean energy. In many ways they are the perfect technology to integrate renewable energy and ensure a secure, affordable and sustainable transition to a cleaner energy system. 

By linking Britain to neighbouring countries, interconnectors can import cheaper clean energy when it is needed, while exporting excess power - so that both Britain and its neighbours have access to a broader and more flexible supply of electricit

Giving energy systems access to renewable energy via interconnectors helps countries phase out dirtier forms of generation.

By 2030, we estimate our interconnectors will help Britain to prevent 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions. Equivalent to planting approximately 4.5 billion trees or taking up to 64 millions cars off the road.*

*The calculation assumes that a tree consumes 22kg of CO2 per year or an average diesel or petrol car pollutes 1560kg of CO2 in a year.

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Connecting to a net zero future

Learn about the important role interconnectors play in in the transition to net zero.

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Multi-purpose interconnectors: a new generation of interconnector

Interconnectors can help to connect large volumes of offshore wind by acting as hubs for clean energy  connections. National Grid Ventures is developing a new generation of multi-purpose interconnector. These innovative projects aim to connect offshore wind projects here in Great Britain and to mainland Europe.

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Multi-Purpose Interconnectors

Find out how multi-purpose interconnectors could help Great Britain unlock the potential of offshore wind.

Multi-Purpose Interconnectors