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Our environmental future

Here you can find out what we’re doing to combat climate change and how we’re working on decarbonising the energy system for the future.

Delivering our environmental future

One of today's key challenges is tackling climate change and progressing the low-carbon energy transition for the long-term.

We recognise the role we play in limiting global warming by having the right infrastructure in place to accelerate the creation of clean energy.
 

Decarbonising the energy system

We’re committed to supporting the decarbonisation of the energy system in England and Wales. This needs to be achieved through delivering a reliable, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable electricity system.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) most recent report emphasises the need to decarbonise faster. Rapid progress towards clean, low-carbon energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

Investing in infrastructure to support low carbon

As the Electricity Transmission Owner for England and Wales, we’re in a prime position to be a key facilitator in the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

We are doing this by:

  • investing in the infrastructure needed to support low-carbon generation
  • facilitating new low-carbon connections
  • working closely with partners to reduce transmission related constraints.
Reducing our operational impact

To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from our activities, we’re cutting carbon in our construction projects, operations and offices. We’re also embedding sustainability as a key consideration in our decision making.

In addition, we’re enhancing the natural environment by improving local biodiversity and contributing to local community projects.

We know that helping combat climate change will save money in the long-term and also strengthen our business for the future.

Delivering our environmental future strategy 2019

Electricity Transmission's 'Delivering our environmental future' strategy sets out our priorities for acting sustainably and marks our contribution to advance the low-carbon transition.

 

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Environmental performance

Environmental performance

Find out how we're performing across a range of our activities that impact on the environment from greenhouse gas emissions to responsible construction.

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Contribution to decarbonisation

Contribution to decarbonisation

Learn about how we’re supporting the decarbonisation of electricity through a variety of programmes.

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Low-carbon initiatives

Low-carbon initiatives

Discover how we’re developing new ways to manage and reduce the impact of our network, business activities and operations on the environment.

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