Promoting sustainability

Mae’r dudalen yma ar gael yn Gymraeg.

When promoting sustainability, our principal objective is to look after the interests of consumers. This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, more generally, contributing to the achievement of sustainable development while taking note of government guidance on social and environmental matters.

Energy companies have a vital role in facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy. Our work in promoting sustainability includes initiatives to:

  • protect vulnerable consumers
  • promote energy saving and demand side response
  • support improvements in all aspects of the environment.

EU and UK targets for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable power provide the overall policy direction for the energy sector. With this as our guiding beacon, we focus on the challenges faced by the transmission and distribution companies that we regulate.

For example, as part of the current electricity distribution price control mechanism that runs to 31 March 2015, we established the Low Carbon Networks Fund. This provides support for Distribution Network Operators’ projects to try out ways to address the challenges they face in moving to a low carbon economy.

Similarly, as part of our RIIO price controls , we will introduce annual Network Innovation Competitions for electricity transmission (£30m pa) and gas transmission and distribution (£20m pa) for them to address the challenges they face in moving to a low carbon economy.

Furthermore, over the coming year, we will continue to develop our Smarter Markets Programme and our approach to smart grids.

We monitor progress on a range of sustainable development indicators, such as carbon emissions, which you can view in Sustainability reporting: interactive data application.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 17th Mar 2015
  • Decisions
  • 0 Associated documents
Direction in relation to the RIIO- T1 Electricity Transmission Price Control – Environmental Discretionary Reward Guidance. This revised guidance comes into effect from 16 March 2015.

  • Published: 10th Mar 2015
  • News
  • 0 Associated documents
In February 2015, Ofgem published a discussion paper on ‘Non-traditional business models: Supporting transformative change in the energy market’. We are hosting workshops in London and Glasgow where we hope to discuss your views on this subject.

  • Published: 25th Feb 2015
  • Closing: 20th May 2015
  • Consultations & responses
  • 1 Associated documents
We want your help so we can build a better understanding of how organisations with non-traditional business models could transform the energy market.

  • Published: 10th Feb 2015
  • Guidance
  • 3 Associated documents
We are proposing changes to the Environmental Discretionary Reward (EDR) Scheme Guidance. This is to further refine and streamline certain aspects of the EDR Scheme in the light of feedback we have received from the EDR Scheme expert panel and the...

  • Published: 17th Dec 2014
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
The notice below contains our decision to modify the Standard Licence Conditions of the electricity supply licence by inserting a new condition, condition 21D.

  • Published: 28th Nov 2014
  • Reports & plans
  • 2 Associated documents
The final report of the community energy grid connections working group was submitted to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July.

  • Published: 24th Nov 2014
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This document summarises the scheme’s results for 2013-14, for stakeholders and interested parties.

  • Published: 21st Nov 2014
  • Data and statistics
  • 7 Associated documents
The environmental evidence bases provide an initial ranking of the impacts on the environment from the GB regulated energy system.

  • Published: 18th Jul 2014
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 1 Associated documents
The working group has been formed to discuss issues around grid connections that are currently being faced by community energy projects, and identify the actions that can make a real difference to future community energy projects.

  • Published: 23rd Apr 2014
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 2 Associated documents
These are the minutes from the second meeting of the DECC working group on community energy grid connections.