Energy Networks Association backs the Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report

Date: 2 May 2019

Commenting on the Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association says:

“We back the CCC’s advice that to move beyond an 80% target and deliver net zero emissions by 2050, low-carbon hydrogen will be an absolute necessity within our energy system. We echo their calls for carbon, capture, usage and technology to be deployed at scale and quickly, as it is essential to the development of a hydrogen economy. Energy networks will be at the heart of this transition.

“There will be no silver bullet to reaching net zero, with energy networks leading innovation needed across major sectors of the economy including heating, power and transportation. Given the vital role that gas networks have to play in decarbonising heat, we believe the public should be allowed to benefit from new technologies such as smart hybrid heating systems and that new homes should continue to be connected to the gas grid. Already, homes right across the UK are receiving low-carbon green gas, with the Government committed to increasing this.

To ensure the networks can help deliver this while keeping costs low for the public, our policy and regulatory framework must be closely aligned.”

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 Notes to editors

  • ENA is the voice of the energy networks, representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
  • 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.
  • Independent YouGov polling commissioned by ENA in May 2018 found that 75% of people support the Government doing more to prioritise the production & use of domestic green gas over fossil fuel gas. The polling can be found online here.
  • In December 2018, the Ofgem published its latest consultation for the forthcoming RIIO-2 price control for energy networks, which stated: “the nature of the GDNs' role in long term heat decarbonisation is uncertain…it is important that the price control enables a transition to decarbonised heat at lowest cost while reducing the risk of stranded investment”. P.60. The consultation can be found online here.
  • The UK is now one of the leading green gas producers in the world, with nearly 100 bio-methane injection sites operational.