Promoting sustainability

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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 published a range of sustainable development indicators up until December 2016. We no longer maintain a separate collection as monitoring of sustainable development is embedded into a wider collection of indicators available on the Data portal.

The Innovation Link

If you have a new business proposition, Ofgem’s Innovation Link offers a ‘one stop shop’ for support on energy regulation and what it might mean for you.

You can find out more on the The Innovation Link web page.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 11th Oct 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
In this paper, we outline emerging thinking on the types of changes we may see in the energy sector and the potential challenges for Ofgem.

  • Published: 1st Sep 2016
  • Charts and data
  • 1 Associated documents
This infographic presents a summary of the Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs). The indicators assess the sustainability of the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain.

  • Published: 23rd Mar 2016
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
We are initiating a new process of horizon scanning to help us identify and understand the impacts of energy system change on consumers and regulation.

  • Published: 13th Nov 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
The Environmental Discretionary Reward (EDR) is designed to encourage and recognise good environmental performance from the three companies who own the electricity transmission networks. We are pleased to announce the first award under the scheme.

  • Published: 1st Oct 2015
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 5 Associated documents
In February 2015, we 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: 1st Apr 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
In 2014 we consulted on proposed revisions to the 2009 operating guidance for implementation of Standard Licence Condition (SLC) 11.3. This Licence Condition is often referred to as ‘Licence Lite’.

  • Published: 1st Apr 2015
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
Guidance on Licence Lite, a way to apply for a licence to supply electricity and to get a direction which will relieve you from your obligation to directly fulfil Standard Licence Condition (SLC) 11.2.

  • 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: 25th Feb 2015
  • Closed: 20th May 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 58 Associated documents
Today we are publishing a summary of the responses to our discussion paper on the transformative potential of non-traditional business models.

  • 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...