edie explores what net-zero carbon looks like for UK utilities in new sector insight report series

Following the UK's world-leading commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, edie has launched a brand-new series of insight reports which investigate how particular industries can achieve rapid decarbonisation, starting with the utilities sector.

Around 27% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions were attributable to the supply of energy in 2018, with almost all of this being CO2

Around 27% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions were attributable to the supply of energy in 2018, with almost all of this being CO2

Published today (25 September), the inaugural 18-page report breaks down exactly how sustainability and energy professionals working for energy and water suppliers can drive the low-carbon transition – from agreeing and setting targets to scaling up on-site solutions. 


"Britain's utilities sector has a golden opportunity to position itself at the forefront of the net-zero revolution," states edie's content director Luke Nicholls in the report introduction.

"With the right support and direction, energy and water suppliers large and small can deliver transformative systems that radically reduce carbon whilst enabling and empowering their customers to do the same."

Developed in association with UK Power Networks Services, the report's content was sourced from a series of in-depth research calls held with a number of in-house sustainability, energy and carbon managers working across energy and water businesses, along with industry body Energy UK.

A full-page infographic, best-practice case studies gathered by edie’s editorial team and exclusive findings from some of edie’s own industry surveys are also included throughout the report, providing readers with a unique insight into how utilities businesses can make net-zero carbon a reality.

'Advanced planning'

Quoted within the report is Saidi Gbadamosi, UK Power Networks Services' client relationship manager, who stresses the importance for utilities businesses to treat their electricity infrastructure as a strategic asset. 

"An optimised asset maintenance strategy enables water utilities to pre-empt problems and balance their asset replacement and maintenance cycles so they don't have unexpected work and cost peaks," Gbadamosi says. "This advanced planning will also optimise their asset lifecycle which can prolong the life of their assets by years, reducing replacement costs and wastage." 

This new series of reports is inspired by Mission Possible – edie’s award-winning, purpose-driven campaign which is empowering businesses to ramp up efforts across all areas of sustainable development.

The full series will consist of seven reports, with later editions exploring what 'net-zero' looks like for manufacturing, retail, food & drink, construction, hospitality & leisure, and the public sector.

Read the first report, which explores what net-zero carbon looks like for the utilities industry, here.

edie staff


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