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Energy networks respond to PM's renewed climate change commitment

23 September 2020

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Peter Kocen

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ENA Press Office

+44 (0)20 4599 7691
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The Prime Minister will renew his commitment to tackling climate change at a UN summit to be held tomorrow. ENA responds.

The Prime Minister is reportedly to say "the UK will lead by example, keeping the environment on the global agenda and serving as a launch pad for a global green industrial revolution".

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

“We welcome the Prime Minister's renewed commitment to tackling climate change. The energy networks provide the backbone of decarbonisation and the shift to net-zero emissions. Our networks have already helped turn the UK into a superpower of renewable energy and a world leader in smart grids and the shift to hydrogen. But we need to go further and faster and this push must be supported by regulation that allows us to tackle climate change and do so at least cost to customers.”

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

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA Press Office

+44 (0)20 4599 7691
[email protected]