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: 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.

  • Published: 23rd Nov 2010
  • Closed: 24th Dec 2010
  • Consultations and responses
  • 2 Associated documents
A replacement statutory consultation on the proposed new standard condition 21A.

  • Published: 15th Nov 2010
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Sustainable Development Focus is Ofgem’s new annual round-up of our contribution to sustainable development. Alongside our set of themed indicator publications, this package replaces our previous Sustainable Development Report.

  • Published: 20th Jul 2010
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
The purpose of this letter is to set out examples of good practice in respect to the provision of fuel mix disclosure (FMD) information

  • Published: 15th Jul 2010
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This considers how increasing the ability of consumers to be more flexible in their electricity use can contribute to secure and sustainable energy supplies and help to achieve financial and environmental benefits.

  • Published: 18th Dec 2009
  • Closed: 29th Jan 2010
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
See our consultation on the illustrative licence modification drafting for a supplier obligation to provide information to Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme participants.

  • Published: 20th Nov 2009
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This annual report assesses our contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, providing updates on our activities and intentions for the coming year, as well as reflections on wider events.

  • Published: 21st Oct 2009
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
See our response to the Government's Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives consultation.

  • Published: 22nd Jul 2009
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This discussion paper considers the potential effectiveness of different tariff structures to encourage an uptake in household energy efficiency

  • Published: 22nd May 2009
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Ofgem’s response to the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy consultation.