The future prosperity and comfort of every society depends on reducing carbon emissions and moving to clean, renewable energy.
This challenge is at the heart of our work in National Grid. It guides and informs how we engage with every community whose lives we touch. It shapes our commitment to the environment, to affordability, and the future skills of younger generations on whose ideas and commitment we all depend.
Our responsibility to the future influences our work on many levels: it guides how we design and develop the power infrastructure; it's reflected in the rigorous targets we've set ourselves to cut the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our work.
Our energy transmission infrastructure has a fundamental role. In the UK and US we connect energy resources, and balance supply against demand. The viability of increasingly diverse energy sources will be critically influenced by National Grid's design and engineering.
These commitments to a sustainable future shape our social engagement: directly in our investment in the science, technology, engineering and maths skills of the next generation, or in our work to maintain habitats; indirectly in our support for those cut off from full participation in economic life.
The integration of our social commitments with our daily work has been recognised publicly. In July 2014 we were named Responsible Business of the Year by the UK charity Business in the Community. You can find out more here.
Our activities are all linked, but diverse. To help you find your way around we've organised this work under three headings: Inspiring, Preserving and Designing. In the separate Reporting section you'll find an overview of what we've achieved, and detailed statistics about how we've performed against our own and statutory targets.
Our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our business, the work we do with communities, and the measures we take to alleviate fuel poverty.
We aim to build a more inclusive society, socially and economically through design engineering.
Our technological innovation creates new possibilities. We use our skills to serve new energy sources.