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

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

  • Published: 30th Sep 2014
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter to the Secretary of State sets out how Ofgem has helped the government make progress towards the aims and targets in the Social and Environmental Guidance in 2013-14.

  • 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.

  • 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
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: 6th Feb 2014
  • Charts and data
  • 10 Associated documents
This is the third theme of our Sustainable Development indicator documents, illustrating the progress of Ofgem and the energy sector towards our sustainable development objectives. This version was published in February 2014.

  • Published: 6th Feb 2014
  • Charts and data
  • 10 Associated documents
This is the fourth theme of our Sustainable Development indicator documents, illustrating the progress of Ofgem and the energy sector towards our sustainable development objectives. This version was published in February 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.

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