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SP Energy Networks (SPEN), part of the Scottish Power Group of companies, which provides power on behalf of supply companies, has achieved certification to Planet Mark.
This is SPEN’S fourth year of business carbon footprint reporting to Planet Mark. SPEN first calculated the carbon footprint of its three licence holders for the year ending March 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
SPEN’s total carbon footprint in the year ending 2019 was 811,261.7 tCO2e compared to 871,843.0 tCO2e in the year ending 2018. This is a 6.9% decrease year on year.
SPEN’s carbon saving from this year is the same amount of carbon as would be used by 5,000 homes in a year.
“SPEN’s results are a fantastic achievement. While strides are made in the way the nation generates its power, it is equally important to examine the carbon footprint of the processes that deliver electricity and heat to our houses. Making efficiencies in the way SPEN is run has given huge carbon savings. The dedication shown from the team to rise to the challenge of climate change is commendable. It is a pleasure to see the fruits of its sustainability strategy being born out.”
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 a 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.
As part of the Planet Mark certification, SP Energy Networks has committed to make a year-on-year reduction.