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: 9th Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 2 Associated documents
This workshop discussed issues about the development of a green supply accreditation scheme as part of the consultation on "Developing Guidelines for Green Supply".

  • Published: 4th Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
Agenda for the workshop held in Glasgow as part of the consultation on "Developing Guidelines for Green Supply".

  • Published: 3rd Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 1 Associated documents
These are the documents presented at the workshop on the definition of additionality for low carbon supply used for the guidelines on green supply.

  • Published: 3rd Jul 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 2 Associated documents
This is the agenda for the low carbon additionality workshop which took place as part of the consultation for the document "Developing Guidelines for Green Supply".

  • Published: 11th Jun 2007
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 6 Associated documents
These are the documents that were presented by Ofgem at the seminar in June regarding the Consultation entitle "Developing green supply guidelines".

  • Published: 11th Jun 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
See our first deliberative report of findings.

  • Published: 4th Jun 2007
  • Closed: 7th Aug 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 38 Associated documents
Developing Guidelines on Green Supply.

  • Published: 30th May 2007
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
See our response to the Review of the EU Emissions Trading Directive.

  • Published: 6th Feb 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 3 Associated documents
See our response to the preliminary consultation on the 2005-06 review of the Renewables Obligation.

  • Published: 22nd Jan 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
See our response to the Department of Trade and Industry consultation on a banding system for the Renewables Obligation.

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