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: 23rd Nov 2012
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 9 Associated documents
This is a record of the event we held on 20 November 2012 to discuss demand side response.

  • Published: 14th Nov 2012
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
This is a record of a workshop with industry participants to discuss our proposals for assessing strategic and sustainability considerations in our decision making, held on 25 October 2012.

  • Published: 31st Jul 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 2 Associated documents
Ofgem commissioned research to gain a better understanding of the potential for Demand Side Response in the large non-energy intensive sector. This report provides the results, showing that potential exists and varies according to a range of scenarios.

  • Published: 23rd Jul 2012
  • Decisions
  • 12 Associated documents
This paper sets out our proposals for how we consider strategic and sustainability issues in support of our decision making. Our aim is to bring greater transparency and consistency to the treatment of complex, long-run issues.

  • Published: 12th Jul 2012
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Sustainable Development Focus is Ofgem’s annual round up of our contribution to sustainable development. This sits alongside our set of themed indicator publications, which together form our sustainable development reporting package.

  • Published: 21st Mar 2012
  • Closed: 19th Apr 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Revised guidance on providing an annual statement of supply to CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme participants.

  • Published: 4th Nov 2011
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Sustainable Development Focus is Ofgem's annual round up of our contribution to sustainable development. This sits alongside our set of themed indicator publications, which together form our sustainable development reporting package.

  • Published: 18th Feb 2011
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 1 Associated documents
Key points from the RIIO environmental outputs: stakeholder seminar.

  • Published: 14th Jan 2011
  • Decisions
  • 9 Associated documents
Modification Direction for the insertion of Standard Licence Condition 21A which requires licensed gas and electricity suppliers to provide an annual statement of supply to CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme participants.

  • Published: 6th Jan 2011
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 7 Associated documents
The purpose of this meeting was to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss their views on issues affecting the development of the DSR market.

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