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Energy networks back climate action in this year's Queen's Speech

11 May 2021


Her Majesty the Queen has just delivered her Government’s legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech 2021.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses, said:

“With the eyes of the world on the UK at COP26 now is the time to translate Net Zero ambition into tangible climate action. We know for certain that strategic investment can power an economic recovery from Coronavirus. To this end, Ofgem must now have a Net Zero mandate at its heart to attract long-term investment, support jobs and green growth across the country while delivering the low cost, low carbon energy system the public need.”

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Notes to editor

The full Queen’s Speech briefing notes can be read here.

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.

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