The government today published it's independent Review of Net Zero, conducted by former Energy Minster Chris Skidmore.
In response to the publication, Ross Easton, Interim Chief Executive of Energy Network Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s energy network operators, said:
“This Review is an important shot in the arm for the national debate around reaching our net zero goals. It highlights the pressing need for government to rapidly accelerate key decisions and regulatory changes, so that energy networks can build the right infrastructure, in the right places, at the right times, to help make net zero a reality.
“We must recognise the scale of the net zero transformation and the leading role networks will play in enabling decarbonisation, therefore we must ensure they are fully enabled and empowered to deliver.”
Notes to editor
- To keep up the pace towards net zero, ENA has been advocating for three things:
- Firstly, there needs to be urgent reform of the regulatory system to allow operators to strategically invest in building new network capacity in places we know will need it, rather than doing so reactively.
- Secondly, we need government to accelerate the development of investment models for hydrogen network infrastructure, which is needed for the UK to hit our 2030 hydrogen production target.
- Finally, we need certainty around plans for network innovation funding, so network infrastructure can continue to adapt to the needs of low carbon technologies and help ensure all schemes can connect successfully.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing 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 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 40,000 people in Great Britain.