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We know from conversations with our stakeholders People and groups with an interest in our operations as the region’s electricity distribution network operator. This includes customers, local authorities and installers of low carbon technology that we are so much more than the distribution network operator (DNO) for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire; we are an anchor organisation for our communities, from the Lincolnshire coast in the south to Hadrian’s Wall in the north. We are committed to using our position to make positive contributions to be a force for good in the lives of the eight million customers we serve and the more than 2,700 people we employ.

Since 2018 we have been focussing on establishing and expanding links with trusted local partnersOrganisations with whom we collaborate on projects and operations within our regions and our sector to deliver programmes that meet key social objectives. We now have a strong regional network of groups, with many of our collaborations helping to deliver grassroots initiatives that meet community needs and social objectives.

Following stakeholder People and groups with an interest in our operations as the region’s electricity distribution network operator. This includes customers, local authorities and installers of low carbon technology consultation, we are now planning our next steps. During our next business plan period (2023-2028), increased spending on social initiatives will enable us to deliver a step up in our social initiative programmes. This will deliver increased benefits to the communities we serve and support our customers through the net zero Achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions being produced (including carbon dioxide) and greenhouse gas emissions being taken out of the atmosphere (e.g. by planting more trees) so that, overall, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is no longer increasing transition. At the heart of our approach will be grassroots initiatives, from tree-planting schemes and support for employability skills to energy efficiency advice.

We will have a sustainable, positive impact in our communities in a social, environmental or economic way.i

Customers will see the following outcomes:

  • tailored social impact programmes when we are undertaking major investment works;ii
  • promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and careers in our communities; and
  • community energy Community energy, as defined by Community Energy England, refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction, and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners advice given to support communities on the path to decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods. iii

Actions we will take to achieve these outcomes include:

  • using our social mapping tool to help us make informed decisions about which investment scheme projects should have social impact programmes attached (a minimum of 10 per cent of our investment programmes will have tailored schemes Where a percentage of the overall expenditure on projects is allocated to deliver community-supporting programmes in the area local to the investment project. For example, if we carry out a cable upgrade programme in Skipton, we will work with the local community to identify the best way to invest in the area – from supporting tree-planting initiatives to helping school pupils learn about decarbonisation and energy efficiency );
  • developing relationships with educational establishments across the region, with a particular focus on deprived areas – supporting 100,000 pupils across our region by 2028;
  • increasing workforce volunteering from two to six per cent. We will support our colleagues who want to take part in skills-based volunteering, enabling them to raise awareness about energy careers;
  • becoming more active in regional recruitment fairs and school, college and university career events;
  • establishing community energy Community energy, as defined by Community Energy England, refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction, and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners advisors in each of our operating regions to deliver direct advice and support to community groups and local authorities, including supporting 44 local schemes from 2023-2028; and
  • educating our communities about the path to decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods through communications, awareness activities and partnerships.

Benefits:

  • proactive and tailored support for our communities;
  • communities will gain benefits ‘beyond our Infrastructure The different parts of Northern Powergrid’s network, such as overhead power lines, underground cables, substations etc. Individually, these items are sometimes referred to as ‘assets’ ’ through new social impact initiatives;
  • support for increased social mobility and longer-term workforce resilience;
  • greater community education on energy saving; and
  • advice and support to help customers achieve faster and cheaper decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods.

i To us, sustainability means taking a long-term view on everything we do. Our sustainability strategy has three key pillars:

—   Economic. Creating long-term value through sustainable growth and keeping bills affordable for our customers.

—   Social. To be a force for good for our colleagues and communities; developing, supporting and protecting them.

—   Environmental. Protecting our environment for the benefit of future generations, driving and facilitating decarbonisationThe reduction, and ultimately elimination, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In relation to electricity this means the reduction of emissions caused by the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and the provision of entirely carbon-free electricity to homes and businesses. Decarbonisation of the whole energy system includes removing emissions from transport and heat, which will be powered by alternative low-carbon methods and adapting to climate change.

ii Tailored schemes Where a percentage of the overall expenditure on projects is allocated to deliver community-supporting programmes in the area local to the investment project. For example, if we carry out a cable upgrade programme in Skipton, we will work with the local community to identify the best way to invest in the area – from supporting tree-planting initiatives to helping school pupils learn about decarbonisation and energy efficiency allocate a percentage of a project’s overall expenditure to deliver community-supporting programmes in the area local to the investment project. For example, if we undertake a cable upgrade programme in Skipton, we will work with the local community to identify the best way to invest in that local community – from children’s sports facility provisions to language programmes for refugees.

iii community energy Community energy, as defined by Community Energy England, refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction, and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partnersOrganisations with whom we collaborate on projects and operations within our regions and our sector . (NOTE: Community Energy Community energy, as defined by Community Energy England, refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction, and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners England definition)

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