Tackling the global climate emergency means investing in new ways to heat our homes, light our streets and power our vehicles. And, if we are to reach our Net Zero target – we need to.

However, in order to connect these new solutions, the smartest, most innovative and fairest way to do so while also achieving our Net Zero target as quickly as possible is to build on the strengths of our world-leading energy networks.

These networks, which make Britain a superpower of renewable energy have been funded by private investment and we need to build on that to reach Net Zero. But, we need to do so in a way that reflects the wider impact and role that investment can and will have on us all.

Energy Networks Association’s General Election Manifesto is a blueprint for how the next Government, whichever it may be, should do over the next five years. Entitled, Green. Fair. Together., the manifesto outlines why decisive and meaningful action must be taken, without delay, to ensure that we reach our Net Zero target, taking the fight to the global climate emergency.

It calls political leaders to commit to three key priorities:

  • Step up and scale up innovation – harness the power of private investment to provide new learnings and kick-start competitive markets for technologies fundamental to achieving Net Zero
  • A fair transition for everyone – bring people together from every part of the country to shape the plans that will deliver a fair transition to Net Zero and benefits that can be shared by all
  • Energise cities, towns and villages – build on strong momentum to put these communities at the frontline of delivering Net Zero and wider benefits such as greener spaces and cleaner air

It also outlines how the energy networks, which manage the wires and pipes of our energy system are standing united and ready to act. Each network company has pledged intellectual, financial and continued support to ensure every home has access to green energy, new green jobs and training to reinvigorate industrial centres as well as a fair transition for bill payers, workers and our most vulnerable.

Over £100bn of private investment has already been invested by the energy networks making our energy infrastructure one of the most acclaimed in the world. In addition to this, it has promised a further £45bn to help deliver on our Net Zero plans.

We are already producing a third of our electricity from renewable sources while nearly 100 green gas production plants have also been connected across the country. However, to ensure we see continued gains to lower carbon emissions and reach Net Zero we need stable, sustained and significant long term investment. Any disruption to this could jeopardise the current successes and future projects which include delivering the world’s first Net Zero emissions gas network, Open Networks and laying the foundations for the country’s smarter electricity grid.

David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our time and the message for our political leaders is clear – the time for action is now. Our energy network companies stand ready to play a bigger role – by working together we can ensure a fair transition to Net Zero and benefits which can be shared by all.

“Our green energy future is as much local as it is national and the country must build on strong grassroots momentum. We have already taken major steps toward a more decentralised energy system by connecting record levels of local renewable energy and around 100 green gas plants.”

For further information, please visit the Securing a Greener Future website at:  https://securingagreenfuture.uk/

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About Securing a Green Future

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the role energy network companies have to play in tackling the climate emergency by providing the infrastructure needed to decarbonise our economy. Find out more at:

https://securingagreenfuture.uk/

Fast facts about the role Britain’s energy networks are playing to decarbonise our economy:

  • A third of Britain’s electricity is now generated from renewable sources that have been connected to energy networks, helping reduce UK carbon emissions to their lowest level since 1888 (BEIS, CCC)
  • Britain’s local electricity grids have connected the equivalent of ten Hinkley Point C power plants in the last ten years – over 30GW in total (BEIS)
  • Nearly 100 green gas production plants are now connected across the country (ABDA) – green gas could be used to heat up to 15m homes by 2050 (Cadent)
  • The UK economy will need to spend between 1-2% of its total wealth each year to reach Net Zero by 2050 (CCC)
  • Great Britain could save up to £40bn by 2050 by creating a more innovative, flexible energy system (Imperial College)
  • Nearly £4,000 has been invested for every household in GB grid infrastructure in the country since privatisation in 1990 – £100bn in total (Ofgem)
  • Another £1,600 is being invested for every household right now, under the current price control (2013-2023) – £45bn in total (Ofgem)
  • Private investment helps bring down bills – electricity network costs have fallen by almost a fifth since privatisation whilst £100bn has been invested (Ofgem)

About Energy Networks Association (ENA)

  • Energy Networks Association represents the companies that are responsible for operating the ‘wires and pipes’ of Britain’s gas and electricity network infrastructure, serving over 30 million customers across the country