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We've received recognition for our Science Based Target (SBT)

We have received official verification of our ambitious target to limit our impact on global climate change to 1.5ºC by the United Nations Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

As the electricity network operator for the Midlands, South West and South Wales, this week we received confirmation of the successful verification from the SBTi of our target to cut carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, limiting impact upon global climate warming to 1.5°C or lower.

This highlights our company’s commitment to cut our carbon emissions and to limit the impact of our activities on the global climate.

To achieve this, we will focus on reducing carbon emissions across our network operations, including minimising the use of diesel generators and improving the environmental efficiency of our vehicle fleet. We have pledged that 89% of our commercial van fleet will be made up of non-carbon vehicles by 2028.

We will also boost energy efficiency in our substations, offices and depots, including the introduction of more renewable energy, as well as working to reduce network losses which account for about 90% of all emissions. By following this trajectory, we will achieve net zero (including losses) by 2043.

Our environment manager Jill Russell said: “SBTi verification means that we have got a clear, validated pathway that reduces our carbon emissions and our impact on the global climate, delivers benefits for the environment and the communities which we serve and takes us towards net zero, including distribution network losses.

“It is confirmation of our ambition, determination and commitment to do the right thing in the face of climate change.”

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