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ENA launches new podcast series hosted by sustainability journalist Lucy Siegle

29 September 2022

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) has today launched a new podcast series hosted by Lucy Siegle as part of its ‘Next for Net Zero’ programme showcasing how the UK energy networks are supporting decarbonisation and getting beyond the headlines through in-depth and informal discussion. 

The new, limited, series will consist of four 30-minute episodes, published every Thursday across the course of the next month – starting from today.  

Each weekly episode will address a different theme and feature a range of representatives from the UK’s energy networks who will delve into topics such as innovation, sustainability, transport and resilience.  

The ENA's Next for Net Zero podcast series will be hosted by sustainability journalist, Lucy Siegle, who is a leading figure in communicating earth science and environmental stories. 

The first podcast, out now and available via ENA’s website and a range of platforms including Spotify looks at the innovation landscape and what smarter, faster, and more efficient energy systems will deliver, as well as offering real-world examples of this work in progress.  

The second episode, available on Thursday 6th October, will examine unlocking and understanding a sustainable future. On Thursday 13th October the third episode will explore the theme of ‘transporting’ to a greener world and on Thursday 20th October, the fourth episode looks at the role of resilience and readiness. 

The energy networks are driving innovation across all of these areas and, as the voice of the networks, ENA is uniquely placed to create a platform for policy makers and industry insiders to provide unique insights and effective solutions. 

Ross Easton, Director of External Affairs at Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy network businesses, said: 

“As we act on climate change and begin to decarbonise new sectors it is imperative that we do so at minimal cost and disruption to customers.

"This series comes at an opportune moment to highlight the connection between how the networks’ innovation and sustainability work will ultimately help to drive down bills for customers as well as lowering our country’s environmental impact.” 

Lucy Siegle, sustainability journalist and Next for Net Zero podcast host, said:

“I'm really pleased to be hosting ENA’s new series and get the chance to understand more about how the energy issue will deliver on Net Zero. 

"My whole career has been dedicated to highlighting how important our environmental and social footprint is, so it’s brilliant to have the opportunity to discuss this with leading figures at the heart of the energy transition and our Net Zero future." 

Notes to editor

  • The series is the latest addition to ENA’s Next for Net Zero programme, which currently includes a range of events and webinars, which showcases the emerging technologies needed to address the decarbonisation of heat, transport and industry and drive the UK to Net Zero.
  • Guests for the first podcast are Lorna Millington, Innovation Portfolio Manager, Cadent and Iain Divers, Head of Distribution Network Planning and Development, SP Energy Networks. 

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).

Press contacts for journalists

ENA Press Office

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