Electricity and natural gas distributor National Grid has released ‘Northeast 80×50 Pathway’, outlining various measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.
The Northeast 80×50 Pathway programme includes in-depth modelling and analysis addressing the three most carbon-intensive sectors in the Northeast- heating, power generation, and transportation.
National Grid US president Dean Seavers said: “For National Grid, climate change isn’t a political question, but scientific fact, and we believe that innovation and a diverse set of stakeholders at the table will enable us to reach the clean energy future that we all want.
“Combatting climate change will require inclusive discussions that span multiple organisations and industries, and we hope the Northeast 80×50 Pathway serves as a launching point for those conversations.”
In order to achieve the 80% target by 2050, the Pathway programme calls for three “big” shifts in the company’s energy systems by a mid-term goal of 40% reduction in emissions by 2030.
The shifts include a transformation of the heat sector by doubling the rate of efficiency retrofits and converting the majority of oil-heated buildings to electric heat pumps or natural gas, as well as focusing on renewable electricity deployment to achieve 67% zero-carbon electricity supply.
The third shift will be the transformation of the transport sector, reaching more than 10 million electric vehicles on Northeast roads.
For developing this pathway, National Grid has worked alongside experts from Siemens Power Technology.
Additionally, the company will be engaging with various stakeholders in the near future to achieve its 80×50 goal.