Networks ready to serve as foundation for climate action

The UK’s energy network operators have set out a #NetworksTenPointPlan for a green industrial revolution, pledging to energise climate action and investment.

On 10 December, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) outlined how following the Prime Minister’s recent 10-point plan – regarded as the “most significant policy intervention” for the energy industry in almost a decade – the energy networks will be the foundation on which it is realised. Therefore to meet net zero targets and deliver the PM’s green industrial revolution, there is a need to go “further and faster” with the networks setting out how they will be “supercharging” decarbonisation.

Highlighting how the networks have invested over £100bn since 1990, the plan assured this will continue over the coming years – as long as the regulatory system matches policy ambition. Having supported both world-leading flexibility markets and hydrogen innovation, network operators are now preparing the country for a “seismic shift” to fully decarbonised heat, transport and power.

In buildings, innovation has already led to greener homes and will continue as more heat pumps and hydrogen-ready boilers come to market. Meanwhile, in transport, network operators are set to support more hydrogen and further electrification of public transport in all its forms, while recognition was given to the role networks will play in supporting infrastructure and innovation for a mass roll out of electric vehicles (EVs) with ground-breaking pilot projects are already underway for vehicle-to-grid smart charging, as well as further digitalisation of the connections process.