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ENA responds to UK government's £90 million drive to reduce carbon emissions

18 February 2020

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The government has today announced households and businesses will benefit from £90 million to cut carbon emissions in industry and homes, including funding for Europe’s first hydrogen plants which could generate enough clean energy to heat over 200,000 homes.

Responding to the news, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association which represents electricity and gas network companies, said:

“This is a win for sustainability and demonstrates that gas, as well as electricity, must be part of the road to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Gas network companies are already world-leading when it comes to innovating and readying our infrastructure to deliver hydrogen to consumers. We need to build on and develop this expertise further to ensure the UK remains at the forefront.”

Notes to editor

ENA's Gas Decarbonisation Pathways Project is a major industry initiative to build on the work that the networks have been undertaking to build a low cost, low carbon network and develop new technologies that make the most of biogas, bioSNG, hydrogen and smart hybrid heating systems.

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

press@energynetworks.org