Reporting Boundary: SPEN licence holders –
Scottish Power Distribution, Manweb and Scottish
Power Transmission Limited
Emission sources: Building energy (electricity, gas and substation electricity, radio base stations), business and operational transport, fugitive emissions (SF6), losses, fuel, contractor’s
Reporting Period: 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021
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SP Energy Networks (SPEN), part of the Scottish Power Group of companies, providing power on behalf of supply companies, has achieved Planet Mark certification.
This is SPEN’s fifth year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
SP Energy Networks’ total carbon footprint in the year ending March 2021 was 718,627.1 tCO2e, a reduction of 12%. SP Energy Networks’ total carbon per employee in the year prior to March 2021 was 246.4 tCO2e, a reduction of 6%.
SPEN’s carbon reduction this year saved the same amount of carbon as is used in 11,800 homes in a year.
“SP Energy Networks has done so well in the last year of carbon measurement. Dealing with such vast infrastructure is always going to be a challenge, but SPEN has embraced the opportunity to deliver real progress on its carbon emissions. SPEN exists in such a high-profile sector in terms of sustainability, so these results will resonate with its customer base. I’m delighted with the progress made and look forward to even more success in the following years.”
SPEN recognises its role in enabling the UK economy’s low carbon transformation and playing its part in mitigating climate change. To achieve this, it must minimise the environmental impact of its business and network at pace, making decisions that meet current and future needs. SPEN has impact reduction goals for 2023, 2030 and 2050. The goals cover carbon reduction, as well as sustainable resource use and water efficiency and protection, ultimately working towards carbon neutrality, zero waste and a 50% reduction in water use.
The power sector must act in the face of global carbon targets. Electricity and heat production is responsible for 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions. While this is down from 34% in 1990, there is still a long way to go. The energy industry must lead from the front to allow stakeholders to connect to tangible solutions. The increased need for renewable energy is well documented, but companies in the sector must work to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations, too. Only a holistic approach, and quantifiable target setting, can deliver the change needed for our climate goals.
SP Energy Networks was awarded the 2020 Community Engagement Award at the annual Planet Mark Awards for its ambition and scale, massive transformation and impact; particularly through its Green Economy Fund (GEF).
SPEN’s GEF initiative involves investing in green projects, which directly benefit the people of Scotland in their journey to net zero. The GEF was created to close the gap in existing funds for community initiatives focused on low carbon ambition and acceleration. It helps to support communities working towards a green future, specifically targeting areas where major transmission work is carried out.
The GEF has created 56 community jobs and formed a low-carbon projects network where best practice can be shared. The GEF engagement programme engaged with over 5,200 stakeholders (as of end of March 2020).
Overall, between April 2019 and March 2020 the projects have reported a total carbon saving of 44 tCO2 with a predicted annual impact of 3,682 tCO2 saved in future years. This is helping to meet demand, reduce energy costs, and address fuel poverty, while having a much more engaged relationship with local transmission and distribution networks operators.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, SP Energy Networks has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.