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Leading the North West to zero carbon

Leading the North West to zero carbon

A key part of the UK’s journey to zero carbon is the revolution of our electricity industry – the way electricity is generated, stored, transported and traded.

As the region’s network operator, it’s our responsibility to lead the way in this transformation. Through investment and innovation in energy infrastructure, we will help the North West to decarbonise and pave the way for the growth of renewable energy.

Our plan, Leading the North West to zero carbon, sets out how we are investing £63.5 million between 2019-2023, to drive down our own carbon emissions and help businesses, our customers and our colleagues to do the same:

  • We have committed to a carbon budget to meet zero carbon by 2038 for our own carbon emissions which will see 10% year on year decrease in emissions
  • We have become the first carbon literate distribution network operator in Great Britain
  • We are developing a new losses strategy which will set out how carbon emissions from network losses can be reduced as far as practicably possible by 2038
  • We are developing a new programme of initiatives to support carbon reduction activity in our communities
  • We are enabling our customers to connect low carbon technologies to our network and ensuring we are facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy.

You can find out more information below on the actions we are taking to respond to the climate change challenge including our 'Leading the North West to zero carbon' video.

Further information and useful links

Ofgem’s decarbonisation plan

In February 2020, our industry regulator, Ofgem, issued its decarbonisation plan which sets out how it will help the UK reach its target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

You can find out more about Ofgem’s plan on their website or see our response welcoming the announcement in our press release.

Greater Manchester carbon neutral by 2038

Greater Manchester has made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2038, 12 years earlier than the UK Government’s target.

Launched at the Green Summit in March 2019, Greater Manchester's five-year environment plan sets out the region’s long-term environmental vision and the urgent actions we all need to take in the next five years to help achieve this.

Related documents

Carbon literacy

Find out about our carbon literacy accreditation which recognises our increased commitment to acting on climate change.

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Decarbonisation pathways

Developed in conjunction with Cadent Gas, our decarbonisation pathways provide energy blueprints for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

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Preparing our network for net zero carbon

Find out about our transition to ‘distribution system operation’ – an industry-wide initiative to drive the changes needed to achieve net zero carbon in the UK.

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Case studies

Take a look at some of the steps we are taking to reduce our carbon footprint and how we are encouraging our colleagues to do the same.

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Electrical losses

Find out about our approach to electrical losses - the difference between the energy entering the network and the energy received by customers.

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Energy saving advice

Find out how you can save money off your energy bills by following our top energy saving tips.

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Leading the North West to zero carbon video