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Energy networks ready to support world-leading climate target

20 April 2021

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It has been reported Prime Minister Boris Johnson will this week announce a new climate target of reducing UK carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, compared to 1990 levels.

Such a move would create a 'world-leading position'.

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

“The UK has been at the forefront of progressive climate change policy for decades and we welcome this ratcheting up of ambition. The UK’s energy networks are the backbone of supporting a Net Zero future. We’re already working at pace to deliver projects which lead us there and we’re ready to up the ante again. To do so will require the right regulatory environment – one which encourages innovation, flexibility and significant long-term investment.”

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).

Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.

Press contacts

ENA Press Office

+44 (0)20 4599 7691
[email protected]

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