Energy networks respond to the first annual survey held by industry-wide LGBTQ+ network, Pride in Energy.
David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association which represents represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said:
“Digitalisation, decentralisation, and decarbonisation are the often talked about ‘three Ds’ of the energy transition, but in reality there is a fourth – diversity. We need new people with new ideas and perspectives to build the networks of the future and stop climate change.
"It’s incumbent on organisations like ours to work with our members, supporting their efforts to drive diversity and inclusion, and I applaud the work done by Pride in Energy to build the evidence base for us to continue to do that.”
Notes to editors
- 35% of respondents have witnessed or experienced discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in the last five years
- 77% ranking their employer as 7/10 or higher for inclusivity
- 58% of LGBTQ+ respondents felt comfortable enough to be fully ‘out’ in the industry
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.