WPD joins UN’s Race to Zero

The DNO for the Midlands, South West and South Wales has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2028

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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has joined the UN’s Race to Zero campaign, which aims to deliver net zero carbon emissions by a deadline of 2050.

However, the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) for the Midlands, South West and South Wales has gone one step further, by committing to become a carbon-neutral business by 2028, 22 years ahead of the UK’s net zero target.

The firm unveiled the new pledges in the latest draft of its RIIO-ED2 Business Plan, in which it has also promised to plough £6 billion of new investment into improving the network, driving environmental sustainability and setting up new community energy projects.

WPD Chief Executive Phil Swift said: “WPD has always been an innovator in the industry, and I am pleased to confirm that we have pledged the strongest net zero commitment announced by any network operator so far.

“Our innovation programme is working on the latest energy network technologies and techniques to help achieve the Government’s net zero ambitions. I am looking forward to continuing our work to ensure a greener future not only for WPD, but for the communities we serve.”