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: 17th Dec 2013
  • Charts and data
  • 6 Associated documents
This is the second 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 December 2013.

  • Published: 13th Dec 2013
  • Closed: 17th Jan 2014
  • Consultations and 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 and responses
  • 17 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 and correspondence
  • 0 Associated documents
Dear colleague Update on our review of the Green Supply Guidelines

  • Published: 1st Aug 2013
  • 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 2012-13.

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

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

  • Published: 19th Feb 2013
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
This is the fifth theme of our Sustainable Development indicator documents, illustrating our progress and the energy sector's towards our sustainable development objectives.

  • Published: 19th Dec 2012
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Summary of the key issues raised in response to our consultation on revised guidance on providing an annual statement of supply to CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme participants.

  • Published: 19th Dec 2012
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
See our revised guidance on providing an annual statement of supply to Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme participants.

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