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Journey to net zero

As the energy transition company, our role is vital in finding new and better ways of achieving net zero by 2050. Discover how we're changing the way we work to make a net zero future a reality for everyone.

Humber and Teesside Net Zero

What is net zero?

We’ve all heard the term 'net zero', but what exactly does it mean? Find out more about net zero and why it’s essential for the future of our planet.

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Why is net zero so important?

The race is on to reach net zero carbon emissions, but why is it so crucial that we do this? Find out why net zero is key in tackling global warming, why we must limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C, and what’s being done to make this happen.

The importance of net zero
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2022: Our net zero milestones

Every year we work harder than ever to find new innovative ways of decarbonising the energy system and moving closer to reaching our net zero ambitions.
Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future, and in the past year we’ve achieved some impressive milestones that take us a step closer to making a net zero future a reality for everyone.

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The future of…

How are things changing to help us reach net zero? Find out what the future holds for each of these important aspects of the transition to clean energy.

The future of transport

Transport is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the UK. For the UK to deliver its net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 there will need to be huge changes to the transport we use.

The future of offshore energy

Wind power is an endlessly renewable source of energy, and creates no greenhouse gas emissions, making it an important part of our journey to net zero.

The future of heat

Heating is one of the biggest CO2 emitters across the world. To reduce our carbon emissions and tackle climate change, we need to change the ways we heat our homes and businesses.

The future of hydrogen

Hydrogen can be used to power vehicles, generate electricity, heat our homes and more. It could make a huge difference to our carbon emissions, and will be critical to achieving net zero.

Energy explained

Ever wondered why we're trying to reach net zero? Want to know how wind farms make energy? Or how electricity gets to your house? Here we answer all your energy questions.

Energy explained

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Electric school buses are helping drive the U.S. toward net zero

Electric school buses could offer a cleaner and cheaper way to help children arrive to school safely, while playing a part in the journey to net zero. Find out why more of the school buses in the U.S. are going electric.

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6 myths about climate change busted

While most of us know that it’s a critical we tackle climate change, we still get lots of questions about the real threat that it poses to our world. Here we debunk some of the most common incorrect climate change myths – separating fact from fiction.

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Busting the myths and misconceptions about electric vehicles

New petrol and diesel cars will no longer be sold in the UK from 2035 and the US is aiming for half of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2030. But there are a number of concerns and misconceptions that are still making people think twice.

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6 months on from COP26: our progress towards a net zero future

To avoid the worst effects of climate change, the world needs to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We’ve been working harder than ever to deliver a clean, fair and affordable energy future, with no one left behind.

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Green collar jobs: Caroline Bradley – sharing clean energy between different co…

Cable Engineering Manager Caroline tells us about her work on North Sea Link – the world’s longest subsea cable, which shares clean energy between the UK and Norway – and why it’s an exciting time to join the ‘green collar’ workforce.

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One of the US’ first green hydrogen blending projects launches on Long Island

National Grid and the Town of Hempstead have announced a joint project to build one of the first and largest clean hydrogen projects in the US. The HyGrid Projectwill aid in decarbonizing networks and is expected to heat approximately 800 homes.

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Project replacing SF6 with greener alternative will cut emissions from high-vol…

National Grid has partnered with Hitachi Energy in a pilot project at Richborough Substation in Kent, to develop and deploy a new solution to replace greenhouse gas Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) with a greener alternative.

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New online tool will help UK ports transition to net zero

We have partnered with Siemens to create a free online tool to help UK ports meet their net zero targets. The tool will help ports forecast the future infrastructure needed to meet potential increased demand for electricity from zero emission operations.