Progress so far
Work has already begun. We’ve started replacing old iron pipes with a strong plastic, which can be used to deliver greener, low carbon gases safely and reliably. This will reduce methane leaks too – leading to a significant reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions. In the period from 2013 to 2018, we reduced our carbon emissions by 25.6%, and we’re currently supplying enough green gas to heat almost 180,000 homes.
We’re also running trial projects to develop natural gas fuels for transport. For example, in Aberdeen, we’re running a trial of 10 buses using hydrogen, which is currently the largest test of its type in Europe. Meanwhile, in Reading, we’re powering buses and taxis that produce almost zero carbon and reduce harmful fuels. And we’re working on a project that will allow us to test the safety, reliability and functionality of a 100% hydrogen network.