UK Power Networks sets Science-Based Targets

UK Power Networks has become the first UK distribution network operator to have its carbon reduction plan and targets endorsed by the Science-Based Target Initiative.

The country’s biggest electricity distributor has worked with The Carbon Trust, mapping the carbon footprint of all its emissions, including its supply chain, and modelled the actions it will take to reduce emissions and set challenging targets across all its activities.

The company has already reduced its carbon emissions by 26 per cent since 2014/15 and is investing £120m over the next seven years to achieve its targets.

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, associate director at The Carbon Trust Advisory said: “We were delighted to work with UK Power Networks and help them align their reduction targets to science. As an organisation key to delivering the energy transition it is great to see them also committed to reduce the emissions associated with their operations and their supply chain and to have a credible plan to achieve these ambitious targets.”

The Plan will also help UK Power Networks achieve below two degrees for its entire carbon footprint, requiring a 25 per cent decrease by 2028 and a reduction of 42 per cent for directly controllable emissions by 2028, in line with a 1.5C Science-Based Target.

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