The Future of Energy
I can see the future.
In this future homes are heated by biogas and other renewable sources. And electricity is generated by wind and waves, blended with nuclear power, clean coal and gas.
Smart meters are linked to an intelligent grid that helps us lower consumption and emissions. Appliances determine when electricity is cheapest. And electric cars can store power or even return it to the network.
A world where energy is clean. And people's everyday needs are met without damaging the planet for generations to come.
I can see the future. And I'm guessing most of us want that world.
But it's not going to happen by itself. We're going to have to create it. And it won't be easy.
In an uncertain world, one thing's for certain. Our climate's changing. How we live today can't go on. The way we produce and consume the energy that supports our lifestyle is unsustainable. Here we are in the 21st century using 20th century technology. It's not an option - we have to change. But who's going to lead the way?
People are already thinking about how to create this new world. Shaping the agenda. Building strategic partnerships. And helping bridge the skills gap.
I can see the future. Can you?
We're leading the way
Working to meet the challenging targets of the EU 2020 Plan, we're taking a leading role in shaping the energy landscape. We're seeking to ensure that efficiency, affordability and security of supply go hand in hand with environmental responsibility and sustainability.
We believe in the power of action. So we're making a massive investment in our Transmission business to update and extending our electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks - including overhead lines, pipes, substations and other infrastructure projects. With £3.9 billion worth of planned capital investment, we're creating a range of exciting and challenging opportunities for skilled and talented people like you.
All organisations must play a part in tackling climate change. National Grid's climate change strategy has a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our processes, operations and offices by 80 per cent before 2050, with an interim target of 45 per cent by 2020.
We are currently addressing methane leakage and venting from our gas networks. We have a major ongoing programme of replacing old cast iron pipes with modern polyethylene pipe. This is reducing leakage from our distribution systems year on year. A programme of installing new compressors at key sites in the UK will also reduce emissions on our gas transmission system.
We are also seeking to reduce emissions from our own energy use. We are seeking to procure more of the electricity we use from renewable sources in the future, as well as implementing better energy efficiency measures.