Making the most of our assets
To build and maintain energy networks that perform safely and reliably, we need to use finite – or non-renewable – resources, such as steel for pylons and aluminium for overhead lines.
As populations and economies grow, we're seeing rising demand for these resources. This not only makes it harder for us to source them, it also leads to price rises and volatility, and increases the environmental impact of extracting them. So, we need to make the most of the materials we own and buy.
We support the principles of a circular economy, which aims to maximise the value of materials by designing assets that can be recycled, refurbished and reused at the end of their operational life.
We don't view ageing assets or materials as waste. We're rethinking how we source, reuse and recycle them.
We're also finding more cost-effective and environmentally responsible ways of buying raw materials.
We're challenging our suppliers to offer new models of service provision. We'd like to see assets being designed for disassembly, repair and reuse.
Refurbishment centres in the UK and the US offer services that allow us to extend the life of our assets and materials, which unlocks environmental benefits and saves us money too.
Meeting our sustainability targets will require input from employees across the organisation.
For operational staff, we're thinking of new ways to reuse and recycle recovered assets. For office staff, we're working towards the target of sending zero office waste to landfill. This has included a behaviour change campaign, designed by local school children, to encourage people to recycle correctly.