All the electricity distribution networks have now published drafts of their RIIO2 Business Plans (with the exception of UK Power Networks who have produced a 20-page summary). It is clear that the net zero agenda has had a major influence on these plans although there are areas in which the companies need to up their game before they submit their final plans to Ofgem in December 2021.  This Viewpoint draws out some common themes and includes proposals for where Ofgem should look to strengthen or update the Guidance it gives to companies on environmental issues. It is based on a Sustainability First  working paper which looks in more detail at the individual plans and how they compare on the “green” agenda.

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With major changes ahead in energy and water there is a growing need to look across sectors. There have always been inter-dependencies but the focus on net zero creates new opportunities and risks. There needs to be more dialogue and joint planning. With Strategic Policy Statements being developed for water and energy the time is right to think afresh about these interactions and for the regulatory framework to evolve to support a cross sector approach

One of the mantras in regulatory circles at the minute is the need to focus on “whole systems”. Over recent years Ofgem has been expanding its thinking from simply “whole electricity system” to “whole energy system” to a position now where transport and heat are being brought into the picture. However, looking more widely still the strategic cross-sector issues between energy and water rarely get discussed. This Viewpoint aims to highlight where some of the important overlaps lie as a basis for encouraging more truly whole systems thinking.

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Leadership for Change, the final event in the six-part Together for a Fair Climate Future discussion event series, explored what it means to lead positive change for a fair climate future. The event explored different types of leadership and the areas in which leadership is urgently needed today, and it shared people's experience of leading positive change, across youth movements, business, the creative arts, and community organising. The event then moved on to discussing leadership skills and what strong leadership looks like. It explored how to ensure leadership leads to action at the scale and pace needed to respond to the climate emergency in a fair way 

The ideas in this document are those of the panellists and video contributors – full credit must be attributed to them. Find out more about the speakers at the end of this summary.

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Can technology be a force for good in delivering a fair climate future? explored the role of digital technology in action on the climate crisis and social justice. The event looked at both how technology can mobilise change and empower people to act, but also how to overcome anybarriers and the risks of our increasing reliance on digital technologies. The event discussed breaking out of echo chambers, tackling digital exclusion and building digital and media literacy, protecting and using data to facilitate the transition to net zero, and reducing the negative climate and social impacts of technology itself.

The ideas in this document are those of the panellists and video contributors –full credit must be attributed to them. Find out more about the speakers at the end of this summary.

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