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Net Zero Networks Forum announced

UK Power Networks is hosting its first ever Net Zero Networks Forum, on Wednesday (March 11) in London.

From Press releases - 9 March 2020 12:00 AM

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The networks operator’s electric vehicle (EV) team will share insights on key projects including the world’s biggest EV fleet trial and how it is exploring the potential of ‘smart charging’ and ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) technology. Its EV Strategy is committed to a “customer centric, market-led, data-driven” approach that will allow everyone to be able to charge where they want, when they want, at an affordable cost.

 

The company’s Low Carbon Technologies team will also discuss strategies for facilitating the decarbonisation of heat, and consider the practical steps required to create a collaborative, expert-led approach to reaching ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions by 2050. The forum will also discuss strategies to ensure that people from all backgrounds benefit from the low carbon revolution. 

 

‘Clean’ heating is an integral part of the UK’s legally-binding commitment to a low carbon future. *Heat is the single biggest source of UK greenhouse gas emissions (37% of total UK CO2 emissions in 2016)1 and about 90% of homes use gas boilers, according to the independent Energy Saving Trust.2

 

The event will be an opportunity to share learnings from orgainsations at the frontline of enabling a low-carbon economy - including local authorities, sustainability professionals, government, policy specialists, engineers, gas and electricity networks and academics. 

 

The forum will also raise money for National Energy Action (NEA), a charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The NEA helped UK Power Networks with its award-winning Energywise project, which explored how DNOs can work collaboratively with energy suppliers and locally-trusted organisations to deliver energy savings for low income households. 

 

Giulia Privitera, Low Carbon Technologies delivery manager at UK Power Networks, said: “The electricity networks have a critical role to play in delivering Net Zero by 2050. No organisation or sector can achieve this alone, and so collaboration is crucial to achieving a sustainable low-carbon economy that works for everyone. No matter where you work or what experience you can bring to this important conversation, we would be delighted if you can join us.”

 

Danni Barnes, director of operations at NEA, said: “Everyone should be able to stay warm and safe at home. We believe the Net Zero agenda offers huge potential to help people on low incomes who are struggling to afford their energy, but only if their needs are recognised and prioritised. 

“We welcome UK Power Networks’ efforts in this space and are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this event. We’re also extremely grateful for any donations received as they will allow us to continue supporting thousands of people out of fuel poverty.’”

 

The Net Zero Networks Forum will take place 9.30am to 4.30pm on March 11, 2020, at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-power-networks-net-zero-network-forum-tickets-90600792409