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: 6th Mar 2008
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
See our decision following second Green Supply consultation 'Cutting Green customer confusion - next steps.'

  • Published: 20th Dec 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
See our response to Scottish Executive consultation on changes to the Renewables Obligation (Scotland).

  • Published: 21st Nov 2007
  • Closed: 9th Jan 2008
  • Consultations and responses
  • 37 Associated documents
We want to ensure that customers who want to take advantage of these tariffs can be confident about what they are buying.

  • Published: 1st Nov 2007
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Ofgem's sustainable development report for 2006-07 charts Ofgem’s contribution to the environmental, social and economic elements that make up sustainability.

  • Published: 18th Sep 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 4 Associated documents
See the Green Supply Guidelines Wrap-up Workshop Agenda.

  • Published: 13th Sep 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Ofgem response to BERR consultation on reform of the Renewables Obligation.

  • Published: 16th Aug 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 38 Associated documents
Summary of seminar and workshops discussion on Developing Guidelines for Green Supply - revisions from participants.

  • Published: 24th Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 5 Associated documents

  • Published: 24th Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 5 Associated documents

  • Published: 13th Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
This workshop discusses the strawmen that were drawn up following the renewables and low carbon additionality workshops.