Supporting net-zero emissions targets
The UK and Ireland have stretching targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 (and 2045 in Scotland). Put simply, 'net zero' refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away.
To tackle the climate emergency and meet the legally-binding net-zero emissions targets set by our governments, it’s vital that we cut carbon emissions and build a clean, safe energy network. Our industry-leading projects are helping to do just that.
The transition to net-zero emissions must be fair for everyone, including billpayers, workers and our most vulnerable people. Only then can the economic and social benefits of a greener future truly be enjoyed by all.
Creating the world’s first zero-carbon gas grid
Our pioneering Gas Goes Green programme is helping deliver the changes needed to move Britain’s network of 284,000km of gas pipelines from delivering methane-based natural gas to zero-carbon hydrogen and biomethane.
The move will ensure the country’s gas network infrastructure is ready for households and businesses to switch to a new generation of hydrogen-ready boilers, to help meet the UK’s climate change targets.
23 million properties and 85% of Britain’s homes are connected to its gas grid, making it one of the most extensive in the world. Research demonstrates that creating a zero-carbon gas grid in the UK is possible and could save billpayers up to £13bn a year compared to the alternative methods of decarbonising heat and transport.
Gas network companies have been running trials using hydrogen and other green gas in projects around the country, including at Keele University in Staffordshire, which has the world’s first live demonstration of using hydrogen for heating in homes.
Creating a smart energy grid
Our Open Networks project is a major industry initiative that is helping to transform the way our energy networks operate, underpinning the delivery of the smart grid.
The project seeks to enable the uptake of new smart energy technologies by more and more homes, businesses, and communities in the UK.
Allowing customers to take advantage of these new technologies to take control of their energy will lower costs and secure the energy we rely on every day.
Our Open Networks and Gas Goes Green projects are working side-by-side on whole system efficiencies to help deliver net-zero emissions as quickly as possible.