Energy Networks Association responds to the Committee on Climate Change's progress report

Date: 10 July 2019

Release: Immediate

Energy Networks Association’s Chief Executive, David Smith says:

“It has been a historic year for the UK after outlining a highly ambitious vision for net zero emissions by 2050 and we must now seize this momentum to deliver the action needed.

"Our energy network companies will be at the heart of this action, building on the work already led by electricity network companies to integrate record levels of low-carbon electricity generation into the system while keeping costs low for the public. Not only have these network companies helped drive the low-carbon transition, but they are working closely with government and the wider industry to ensure the networks remain resilient in the face of climate change.

"Similarly, as we start to tackle some of our greatest challenges including the decarbonisation of industry, heat and transport, ENA’s industry-wide Gas Decarbonisation Pathways Project is outlining a clear vision and actions for the low-cost, low carbon gas networks of the future.” 

Editor’s notes

  • Energy Networks Association represents the companies that are responsible for operating the ‘wires and pipes’ of Britain’s gas and electricity network infrastructure, serving over 30 million customers across the country.
  • Britain’s energy networks have played a leading role in helping deliver the country’s record levels of renewable electricity generation, with renewables’ share of total UK electricity generation reaching a new high of 33.3% in 2018 (BEIS, DUKES).
  • A smarter, more flexible electricity grid is key to delivering deeper levels of decarbonisation. ENA recently published Our Six Steps for Delivering Flexibility Services which outlines how grid operators will run new flexibility markets across the country. Learn more here.
  • Almost 100 biomethane plants have been connected to gas grids around the country to help provide new sources of green gas to homes (ABDA, ENA).
  • Research conducted by KPMG in 2016 found that evolving the role of Britain’s gas networks infrastructure so they play a part in meeting our decarbonisation targets could save £214bn by 2050. This research can be found online.
  • ENA's Gas Decarbonisation Pathways Project is a major industry initiative to build on the work that Britain’s gas networks have been undertaking to build a low cost, low carbon network and develop new technologies that make the most of biogas, bioSNG, hydrogen and smart hybrid heating systems. More information is available here.