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

  • Published: 10th Mar 2014
  • 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 7 March 2014

  • Published: 3rd Mar 2014
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
These are the minutes from the first meeting of the DECC working group on community energy grid connections held on 23 January 2014.

  • Published: 31st Jan 2014
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This letter provides our response to the open letter consultation on revised guidance for the Environmental Discretionary Reward Scheme (EDR) published on 13 December 2013.

  • Published: 13th Dec 2013
  • Closed: 17th Jan 2014
  • Consultations & responses
  • 8 Associated documents
This letter seeks stakeholders views on the revised guidance for the Environmental Discretionary Reward Scheme (EDR).

  • Published: 4th Dec 2013
  • Closed: 14th Feb 2014
  • Consultations & responses
  • 14 Associated documents
This consultation sets out our proposals for improving consumer protection in this market. We welcome comments from all stakeholders and interested parties by 14 February 2014

  • Published: 26th Sep 2013
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 0 Associated documents
Dear colleague Update on our review of the Green Supply Guidelines

  • Published: 1st Aug 2013
  • Consultations & responses
  • 1 Associated documents
We welcome the opportunity to respond to DECC’s call for evidence on community energy (CE).

  • Published: 30th Jul 2013
  • Factsheets
  • 2 Associated documents
Energy networks have a visual effect on the landscape. This factsheet sets out the roles of Ofgem, the network companies and the planning authorities in conserving natural beauty and how you can get involved.

  • Published: 22nd Feb 2013
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This open letter sets out our plans to review the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme.

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