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The environment

Find out how we are enabling a fair and affordable transition to a clean energy economy and reducing our own emissions. 

Highlights
Decarbonised Great Britain's electricity system by
Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions
Renewable energy connected to US and UK grids
(over last nine years)61%
(from our 1990 baseline)65%
2,498 MW

Our journey so far

We are embracing our role at the heart of the energy system and understand the critical part we play in tackling climate change, one of the defining challenges of ourgeneration. The decisions we take now will influence the future of our planet and life on earth. We know we must make significant changes to curb emissions, and we have already taken important steps to do so. This year we launch our first A Fair Transition: Our Approach and Engagement which sets out our action plan to achieve our targets.

We are committed to reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions to net zero by 2050, and we have set out further commitments and ambitions in our Responsible Business Charter.

 

Our commitments 

  • Achieve net zero by 2050. We will reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2030, 90% by 2040, and to net zero by 2050

  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions across our entire value chain 37.5% by FY2034

  • Reduce SF6 emissions from our operations 50% by 2030 

  • Move to a 100% electric fleet by 2030 for our light-duty vehicles 

  • Reduce energy consumption in our offices 20% by 2030 

  • Improve the natural environment by 10% on the land we own by 2030 

  • Achieve zero carbon emissions from business air travel from 2020 onwards 

Our ambitions 

  • Accelerate our net zero target wherever possible 

  • Eliminate all SF6 gas from our assets by 2050 

  • Further reduce our Scope 3 emissions beyond 2030 

  • In the UK, the NGESO will be able to operate a zero-carbon system by 2025



Learn what we’re doing to support the environment

You can read our latest stories below, detailing some of the work we’re doing on our journey to net zero.

Wind turbine in the sea seen from above - for National Grid's multi-purpose interconnector (MPI) story

Next gen interconnectors could create green energy hubs

We’re taking another step forward on the journey to net zero, with a new agreement with TenneT. This sees us collaborating with the Netherlands-based company to develop a fresh vision to link Dutch and British wind farms to the energy systems of both countries.

A new generation of interconnectors
wind turbines at sea

East Coast offshore wind

Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge facing our generation and we have a key part to play. We need to connect increasing amounts of renewable energy from the North Sea and the UK’s East Coast to the national electricity grid so that we can move to a cleaner energy system. Learn about the work we're doing to transform the network for a different low carbon future.

East Coast offshore wind

Cleaner transport

Find out how we are working with Government, the energy sector, and industry to integrate millions of electric vehicles successfully and help make a rapid impact on harmful emissions with gas freight vehicles.

Discover more

Our other responsible business pillars

We have identified the other key areas where we can really make a difference by ensuring responsibility is woven through everything we do.