The Prime Minister has said that there is “no time to waste” on tackling climate change and will outline action in areas such as cutting emissions from transport, electricity and buildings, and the use of hydrogen.
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said:
“If we’re going to get to net zero emissions then the Prime Minister is absolutely right to promise ambitious action on electric vehicles, cutting emissions from homes and buildings, and investing in hydrogen. Making ambitious commitments and robust policy frameworks now can help create jobs, cut emissions and deliver the low carbon, low cost energy system the public need and want. The UK’s energy networks stand ready to help deliver this vision but we must overturn existing barriers and act now to turn the challenges around decarbonisation into new opportunities for the UK to lead the world.”
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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.