ENA welcomes new green gas obligation

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that government would look to increase the proportion of green gas in the grid, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, says:

“This is a welcome move by Government to help tackle one of the biggest decarbonisation challenges we all face. Britain’s gas networks provide the public with large quantities of energy to heat their homes at the times when they need it the most, so it’s vital that we continue to decarbonise the gas we all use so we can continue to meet that need while meeting our climate change obligations.

“This is a solution that will help to reduce carbon emissions and keep energy bills down for the public, and avoid more disruptive changes to heating systems. Gas network companies have been leading the way in developing the technology we need to start making this transformation and will continue to make sure that homes and businesses are able to access the energy they need quickly and reliably throughout the year.”

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Notes to editors

  • The Energy Networks Association (ENA) represents the companies that operate and maintain the gas and electricity grid network in the UK and Ireland.
  • Serving over 30 million customers, they are responsible for the transmission and distribution network of “wires and pipes” that keep our lights on, our homes warm and our businesses running.
  • YouGov polling last year asking the public about how their home was heated and their current heating system showed that:
    • 75% of people supported the Government doing more to prioritise the production & use of domestic green gas over fossil fuel gas
    • 93% of people thought it was important that it was cost effective
    • 84% of people thought it was important that it was controllable at short notice
    • 68% of people think it’s important it has a low carbon footprint
    • Full link: https://bit.ly/2TJzsqJ
    • 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 here.