The challenge we all face
For Britain to meet the challenge of climate change, we need to replace the carbon-emitting natural gas that 85% of our homes rely upon for heating, hot water and cooking.
We believe that the best way to do that is to replace that gas with a combination of hydrogen and biomethane, working in partnership with an increased use of electricity.
What is Gas Goes Green?
Bringing together all five of Britain’s gas network companies, our Gas Goes Green programme is our response to that challenge. The changes that we will introduce through this programme will:
- Reduce carbon emissions from Britain's homes in a way that means that people can use their heating, hot water and cooking exactly as they are used to, using existing central heating systems to help keep bills down.
- Use our world-leading expertise to deliver hydrogen and biomethane to homes, offices and industry safely and securely - whilst supporting people’s ability to choose the right appliances for their homes, offices and factories.
- Mean that Britain’s gas network companies will deliver long-term, sustainable investment in communities around the country, creating new demand for clean technologies and green gas, stimulating new green industries, supply chains & jobs.
How will you do that?
The programme will research, co-ordinate and implement the changes needed to convert Britain’s world-leading 284,000km of gas network infrastructure to run on hydrogen and biomethane.
To do that, we are following the Gas Goes Green Pathway to Net Zero, which sets out the actions that need to be taken to deliver the world’s first zero carbon gas grid by 2050.
Authored by Navigant, this Pathway has been developed in consultation with the wider energy industry and independently peer-reviewed by some of the UK’s leading energy experts at Imperial College. You can find the full report under the ‘Related content’ section on the right of this page.
If you want to find out more about our work this year, then just click on our 2021 Gas Goes Green programme document on the right of this page.
Our work to deliver this Pathway is organised around six workstreams, which you can learn more about by clicking on the sections below.
Investing in net zero
This workstream considers the decarbonisation commitments made by the networks for RIIO2, for the period 2021-26, as well as future investment work that may be required to deliver net zero. Deliverables in this workstream will examine the role the gas networks have in delivering the cost optimal route to a net zero future in a balanced energy system.
Gas quality and safety
Deliverables in this workstream will prepare for the transition of the gas network to enable low carbon gases of biomethane and hydrogen to be transported and distributed safely and to a maintained quality. This is a first step that needs to be taken in this area of the pathway to net zero.
Deliverables in this workstream will evaluate the implications on consumers of net zero compliant gases and whole systems interfaces
This workstream is focused on enhancing the energy system to facilitate low carbon and renewable gas, to make it easier for new connections to connect, to reduce costs and to improve system operation to accommodate different gases.
This workstream focuses on the work the gas networks have been doing together to provide the necessary technical, safety, quality and financial evidence to demonstrate the viability of using the gas networks to transport and distribute 100% hydrogen through existing and new networks.
External affairs & stakeholder engagement
This workstream will receive feedback on the programme and will engage stakeholders on the environmental, economic and social benefits of a decarbonised gas grid.
Tomorrow's Heat, Today's Opportunity
With a growing focus on the Government’s future decision on home heat decarbonisation, the programme will be accompanied by events, webinars and digital activity setting out how hydrogen and biomethane mean that “tomorrow’s heat is today’s opportunity”. This includes:
- How gas network plans will reduce carbon emissions from Britain’s homes in a way that means we can use our heating, hot water & cooking as we’re used to, using people’s existing central heating systems to help keep bills down.
- How gas network innovation projects are using Britain’s world-leading expertise so gas networks can deliver hydrogen to Britain’s homes, businesses and industry safely – whilst maintaining secure energy supplies for us all.
- How hydrogen in Britain’s homes, businesses and industry will lead to green investment in communities around the country, supporting green jobs and skills in industry.
You can find out more on the Gas Goes Green “Tomorrow’s Heat, Today’s Opportunity” in our digital hub.
Reducing the carbon emissions from our heating, hot water and cooking is an issue that will impact all of us, and stakeholder engagement is at the heart of our work.
In the ‘Related content’ section on the right of this web page you can find some the key publications that underpin our work.
In the ‘Related news’ section at the bottom of this web page you can find out more about our latest publications and announcements, including explanatory blogs, contributions from our members and other materials.
We’ve also brought together some of the energy industry’s leading minds as part of our Advisory Group and we regularly hold webinars and other public events on key issues. Read on below to find out more, or check out our Youtube Channel for videos of previous events.
Do you have a question about Gas Goes Green? You can find out more by getting in touch.
The Gas Goes Green Advisory Group, made up of representatives from across industry, academia and policymaking circles, allows stakeholder input to programme developments and will report back the progress of the programme to the wider industry. It provides input to the Gas Goes Green Steering Group, on the overall project scope, progress, risks & issues, as well as on workstreams, with comments and feedback on deliverables, as outlined in the Terms of reference.
The Advisory Group is essential to our programme, to:
- Give our stakeholders the opportunity to provide early input and improve the quality of our deliverables.
- Help stakeholders increase their awareness of Gas Goes Green and upcoming activities.
- Increase awareness about programme opportunities and risks, and support collaboration wherever possible.
- Nick Primmer, ADBA
- Tatiana Bouchard, BEIS
- Alex Howe, BEIS
- Seb van Dort, BSI
- James Walker, European Marine Energy Centre
- Abdul Kamara, CBI
- David Joffe, CCC
- Chris Gent, CCSA
- Zoe Guijarro, Citizens Advice
- Dalia Majumder-Russell, CMS
- John Graves, Coventry University
- Fionagh Thomson, Durham Uni
- Stuart Haszeldine, Edinburgh University
- Scott Restrick, Energy Action Scotland
- Lucy Ritchie, Energy and Utility Skills
- Dennis Van-Puyvelde, Energy Networks Australia
- Richard Halsey, Energy Systems Catapult
- Julie Cox, Energy UK
- Mike Foster, EUA
- Jim Stancliffe, HSE
- Ella Cooper, ICOM Energy Association
- Steve McConnell, ICOM Energy Association
- Neil Atkinson, IGEM
- Steven De Ranter, Interconnector UK
- Tom Knowland, Leeds City Council
- Frank Aaskov, MakeUK
- Jonathan Scurlock, National Farmers Union
- Joanna Campbell, National Infrastructure Comission
- Laura Brown, Newcastle University
- Fred Frazer, Northern Irish Government
- Peter Bingham, Ofgem
- Michael Wagner, Ofgem
- Kiara Zennaro, REA
- Jesse Scharf, REAL Green Gas Certification
- Barnaby Wharton, Renewable UK
- Laura Sandys, SGN
- Sophie Sudworth, SP Energy Networks
- Ian Calvert, The Association for Decentralised Energy
- Amelie Trepass, Traverse
- Celia Greaves, UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
- Charles McAllister, UKOOG
- Daniel Scamman , University College London
- Richard Lowes, University of Exeter
- Ron Loveland, Welsh Government
- Victoria Mustard, Xoserve
We welcome expressions of interest more widely by getting in touch.
Input and feedback at Advisory Group meetings will be recorded and we anticipate this will be used to shape project workstreams, deliverables and outputs. You can search our Resource library to find agendas, slide decks, and any supporting documents for the upcoming Advisory Group meetings, as well as materials from previous meetings and webinars.
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