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Environment and Innovation

National Grid Electricity Distribution's (NGED's) Environment and Innovation Report aims to provide all of our stakeholders with a transparent and public account of our environmental and innovation performance over the last twelve months.

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We will use this report to provide an all-inclusive overview that includes clear justification for our actions and the benefits to our customers. Reducing our impact on the environment and embracing the increase in low carbon technologies is one of our key RIIO-ED1 outputs.

To this end throughout 2022/23 we have achieved the following improvements:

Environmental highlights

  • Achieving RIIO-ED1 targets for our Business Carbon Footprint, SF₆ and waste management.
  • Business wide implementation and external certification of our Competence Management System (CMS).
  • Routinely achieving zero waste to landfill in NGED licence areas.
  • Successfully maintaining certification of our ISO14001 environmental management system.
  • Increased the percentage of electric vehicles in our commercial fleet and Lease Plan vehicles.
  • Implementation of our six year collaboration agreement with The Heart of England Forest.

Innovation highlights

  • £4.8m invested in National Innovation Allowance projects across our focus areas; Decarbonisation and net zero, Heat and Transport, Data, Communities and Consumer Vulnerability and registered nine new NIA projects.
  •  First ever call for idea’s for the Strategic Innovation Fund and received 42 proposals.
  • Submitted five projects to the Strategic Innovation fund and had all five accepted.
  • Won two industry Awards


  • Ensure that we are prepared and positioned to successfully deliver on our sustainability RIIO-ED2 core commitments.
  • Preparation for the introduction of biodiversity net gain (BNG) legal obligations in relation to NGED Major Projects.
  • Continue to improve and progress on reducing fluid filled cable losses and SF₆ emissions.
  • Maintain and improve our environmental performance and compliance record with the environmental regulators.
  •  Engagement with employees, suppliers, manufacturers and contractors to reduce