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Our environment

Deliver a clean energy future

Renewable energy connections to US and UK grids
Reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions
Electric Vehicle Fleet
686 MW
(from our 1990 baseline)70%
(light-duty only)5%

Our journey so far

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. As an essential part of the energy systems in the UK and Northeast US, we are unwavering in our commitment to deliver a clean energy future. In 2022 we launched our Climate Transition Plan, which sets out our actions to meet our Group GHG reduction targets by 2050.

As part of our 2023 charter, we have renewed and enhanced our environmental commitments, ensuring alignment to climate science and industry best practice; pushing us to accelerate the pace of, and broaden the scope of, our work toward a sustainable future.

Our near-term targets are aligned to a 1.5°C pathway under the Science Based Targets initiative and we're working towards net zero as a Group.


Our commitments and targets

Achieve net zero by 2050 for Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions

  • Reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 60% by 2030 (from a 2018/19 baseline)

  • Reduce Scope 3 GHG emissions 37.5% by 2034 (from a 2018/19 baseline)

  • Move to a 100% electric fleet by 2030 for our light-duty vehicles and pursue the replacement of our medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with zero carbon alternatives

  • Reduce sulphur-hexafluoride (SF6) emissions from our operations 50% by 2030 (from a 2018/19 baseline) 

  • Reduce energy consumption in our flagship offices 20% by 2030 (from a 2019/20 baseline)

  • Reduce our annual air travel emissions by at least 50% by 2025/26 (from a 2019/20 baseline) and offset any remaining emissions responsibly

  • Engage with the top 50% of our US suppliers by emissions to establish a decarbonisation roadmap/action plan towards a Science Based Target by 2025/26 

  • The top 80% of our UK suppliers by emissions will have formally committed to set a Science Based Target by 2025/26

Protect our natural environment

  • Restore the natural environment by 10% on the land we manage in the UK and preserve the natural environment in the land we manage in the US

Invest in the decarbonisation of the future of energy

  • Invest at least £29 billion in green infrastructure and projects in the five years to March 2026

Adapt to a changing climate

  • We will report on our climate change risks and opportunities and our investment in climate change adaptation activities

Use resources responsibly, minimising pollution, waste and water use

  • We will report on the management of our environmental impact

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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.

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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.

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Our areas of responsible business

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

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Our customers and communities

Deliver a clean energy future

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Our people

Build the net zero workforce

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Responsible Business fundamentals

Be a responsible business in our operations