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SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks is part of the Scottish Power Group of companies, providing power on behalf of supply companies. It recognises its role in enabling the UK economy’s low carbon transformation and has impact reduction goals for 2023, 2030 and 2050.
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Highlights

Measure

Absolute carbon reduction

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.

Reporting Period: 01 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

-5.7%

Carbon reduction per employee

-7.3%

Location-based total carbon footprint

670,782.0 tC0₂e

Location-based total carbon footprint per employee

226.3 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint

661,613.8 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint per employee

223.2 tC0₂e

Engage

FTE employees

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDGs.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 9 SDG.

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Certification story

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 sixth year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Achieving the Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

Over the next year, the company will continue to reduce its environmental impact while sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, it will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“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 are 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. 

 

Case study

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Winner of the Community Engagement Award at the 2020 Planet Mark Awards


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. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon emissions by at least 2.5% each year

To recertify next year SP Energy Networks must reduce emissions by 2.5%.

Aim to reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year

A 5% year-on-year reduction is the target reduction recommended by Planet Mark.

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