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Wales & West Utilities plays key part in delivering the world's first zero carbon gas grid

Posted on: 20/05/2020

Wales & West Utilities is part of a major new project which is set to deliver the world’s first zero-carbon gas grid.

The company has joined forces with fellow gas networks Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, National Grid Gas, and SGN, and trade body Energy Networks Association (ENA) to publish an industry blueprint for cutting out carbon emissions – Gas Goes Green.

The Gas Goes Green programme will deliver the changes needed to move Britain's network of 284,000km of gas pipelines from delivering methane-based natural gas to zero carbon hydrogen and biomethane. Repurposing the UK’s existing gas network can help decarbonise heat and power for UK homes and businesses, helping the UK get to Net Zero by 2050 in an affordable way.

The project brings together gas networks with civil servants, engineering and policy experts to solve the operational and technical issues associated with delivering a zero carbon gas grid. Changes will be delivered following regulatory approval.

We’ve pledged to deliver a Net Zero ready gas network by 2035 and are already preparing the gas network across Wales and south west England to be ready for green gases, like biomethane and hydrogen.

Collaboration is the only way we are going to be able to make the changes necessary to reach Net Zero. We’re delighted to be part of the Gas Goes Green programme, working in partnership with the ENA and the UK’s other gas networks to help deliver a green gas network that is reliable and green, so we can continue to heat homes, power businesses and keep the lights on in an affordable, reliable, and sustainable way.

Chris Clarke, Wales & West Utilities Energy Strategy Director

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.