Clearer Energy Management: Accelerating the UK’s Energy Transition

Changes to how we produce, store, supply and use energy are coming, and they couldn’t come soon enough. Since 2019, the UK has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and a 68% reduction in carbon emissions (relative to 1990 levels) by 2030. At Northern Gas and Power, we recognise the importance of accelerating the UK’s energy transition, and believe that investing in new energy systems is key to achieving a more sustainable future.

The Vital Role of the Energy Sector

All sectors of the economy must take responsibility for reducing their own emissions by decarbonising industry or retrofitting homes to improve their thermal efficiency. But we also believe that the energy sector itself has a vital role to play in achieving the government’s emissions targets. To make the transition to a more sustainable energy landscape, we must develop a smarter, more sustainable, and more integrated energy infrastructure system.

Building Resilience and Stability

Recent events have highlighted the chaos caused by global shocks leading to price volatility and shortages. Our new energy infrastructure must bring greater resilience, including the capacity to deal with large spikes of demand we experience daily and across the seasons.

Investment in new energy infrastructure will not only safeguard the environment and increase energy resilience but also bring much-needed economic stimulus, especially in Britain’s former industrial regions. If we get it right, we can also lead the way for other nations, exporting know-how to help them decarbonise and creating rewarding career opportunities at home.

Engineering Sustainable Energy Systems

From established solutions like district heating systems to emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), sustainability is at the heart of all new infrastructure. Academic partners and other stakeholders in the energy sector are working collaboratively to engineer safer, smarter, more secure and reliable energy infrastructure systems.

New energy systems will store and transport low-carbon energy and products to consumers and enable carbon emissions to be captured and stored. At the same time, the UK is transitioning to fully sustainable energy sources.

For example, the flagship HyNet project in England’s northwest combines a low-carbon hydrogen gas supply system with a system for harvesting carbon dioxide from industrial waste. HyNet responds continually to fluctuations in energy production and demand as part of an integrated regional energy system. The potential exists to decarbonise this key industrial region from early 2025, showing the way for other regions.

The energy utility sector is also working to establish if hydrogen could be used, either within the existing gas system or on its own, to provide low-carbon alternatives for heat, power and transportation. The first UK pipelines to transport gaseous hydrogen from producers to end users and to capture, transport and store waste carbon dioxide are now being developed.

New H2 and CCUS energy infrastructure certainly have a role to play in meeting the net zero energy needs of the UK industry and in supplying low-carbon energy to businesses and homes in the vicinity. There is also a strong mandate to store, distribute and utilise surplus energy generated in heat and hydrogen networks as part of the energy transition pathway.

Innovation throughout the Supply Chain

Collaboration and innovation throughout supply chains play a vital role in driving the net-zero transition. Businesses must work with suppliers and other stakeholders to identify areas where they can reduce their environmental impact and develop sustainable solutions. For example, by using recycled materials or renewable energy in their production processes, companies can reduce their carbon footprint and help create a more sustainable future.

At Northern Gas and Power, we recognise the importance of collaboration in driving sustainable innovation. That’s why we work closely with ClearVUE.Business, our sister company that provides an all-in-one energy management solution for businesses. ClearVUE.Business uses an advanced energy and carbon management engine, ClearVUE.Zero, to provide customers with real-time visibility into their energy usage and emissions. By identifying opportunities for improvement, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and take meaningful steps towards sustainability.

ClearVUE.Business also provides innovative sustainability consultancy and energy monitoring services, enabling businesses to act as remote energy managers. By working with businesses to develop tailored sustainability solutions, ClearVUE.Business can help companies achieve their sustainability goals while also reducing costs and improving efficiency. This comprehensive approach to sustainability is crucial in helping businesses accelerate their net-zero progress.

At Northern Gas and Power, we understand that transitioning to a sustainable energy system requires a holistic approach. By working with ClearVUE.Business, we can provide businesses with a comprehensive energy management solution that covers all aspects of the net-zero transition. From energy audits to carbon footprint analysis, we help businesses identify opportunities for improvement and develop tailored sustainability solutions. By working with Northern Gas and Power and ClearVUE.Business, businesses can accelerate their transition to a more sustainable future.

Collaboration between government and industry

The government has a crucial role to play in accelerating the transition to cleaner energy. One way they can help is by investing in new infrastructure, such as renewable energy projects and energy-efficient buildings. By providing funding and support for these projects, the government can incentivize businesses in all sectors to adopt sustainable practices.

Another way the government can help is by providing financial incentives for businesses that invest in clean energy technologies. This could include tax credits, grants, and other forms of financial support that can help offset the cost of these investments. By making it more financially feasible for businesses to adopt sustainable practices, the government can help accelerate the transition to cleaner energy.

Moreover, government can help foster collaboration between businesses, academic institutions, and other stakeholders to develop new technologies and approaches that can help reduce carbon emissions. This could include funding research and development projects, providing training and support for businesses to implement new technologies, and encouraging partnerships between businesses and academic institutions.

At Northern Gas and Power, we believe that collaboration between government and industry is key to achieving a sustainable energy future. That’s why we work closely with our clients and partners to develop customized solutions that help them reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy-efficient. Our sister company, ClearVUE.Business, provides an all-in-one energy management solution for businesses, enabling them to monitor their energy usage and identify opportunities for improvement. By working together, businesses and government can help create a more sustainable future for us all.

Conclusion

Collaboration between businesses and experts in energy management and procurement, such as Northern Gas and Power, is essential in accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy future. With its deep market and sector knowledge, NGP is well-positioned to collaborate with businesses to help them achieve their sustainability goals. NGP has managed over 30,000 business energy portfolios and provides a range of services, including energy audits and carbon footprint analysis, to identify areas for improvement and develop tailored sustainability solutions.

By working with NGP and ClearVUE.Business, businesses can gain the confidence that their sustainability goals will be met. ClearVUE.Business’ all-in-one energy management solution, ClearVUE.Zero, provides real-time visibility into energy usage and emissions, enabling businesses to monitor their progress and identify opportunities for improvement. NGP’s expertise in energy procurement and management allows businesses to access a range of renewable energy solutions and reduce their carbon footprint.

In conclusion, collaboration between businesses, government, and experts in energy management and procurement is key to achieving a sustainable energy future. By working together, businesses can identify opportunities for improvement, develop tailored sustainability solutions, and accelerate their transition to a more sustainable future. With NGP’s expertise and ClearVUE.Business’ innovative energy management solution, businesses can confidently take steps towards a more sustainable future.

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