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: 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.

  • Published: 19th Mar 2009
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Notice under Section 49A of the Electricity Act 1989 - notice of the reasons for the decision to modify the licenses

  • Published: 19th Mar 2009
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Modification of the standard conditions of electricity supply licences granted under section 6(1)(d) of the Electricity Act 1989.

  • Published: 6th Feb 2009
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This document sets out our final proposals and a statutory consultation notice to implement a new standard licence condition.

  • Published: 4th Feb 2009
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out the final set of green supply guidelines.

  • Published: 19th Jan 2009
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of some of the key facts and figures featured in the Ofgem Sustainable Development Report 2008.

  • Published: 17th Dec 2008
  • Closed: 1st Feb 2009
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
This annual Sustainable Development Report assesses the progress made towards developing more sustainable gas and electricity markets, provides an update of our activities and intentions over the next year as well as reflects on wider developments.

  • Published: 3rd Oct 2008
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document is addressed to BERR, but may be of interest to renewable energy generators, environmental bodies and agencies, energy suppliers, energy market participants, customers and other interested parties.

  • Published: 16th Jul 2008
  • Closed: 27th Aug 2008
  • Consultations and responses
  • 35 Associated documents
This document sets out Ofgem's updated proposals for revision of the green supply guidelines.