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The Energy Networks Association today launched a consultation on its draft Gas Network Innovation Strategy, and Northern Gas Networks stakeholders have been invited to play a vital role in shaping the future of UK energy innovation.

The Gas Network Innovation Strategy sets out the challenges and the opportunities facing the gas transmission and distribution networks as the UK looks to decarbonise its energy system to meet climate change targets.

The Strategy sets out the role that our existing gas infrastructure can play in meeting demand for power, heat and transport in a low carbon economy. It seeks views from technology providers on how they would like to see gas network companies play a role in delivering greater energy innovation for the here and now, and into the future.

Stakeholder consultation around the Strategy forms a crucial part in its development. Gas network companies are seeking feedback on the content, structure and style of the Strategy and will discuss the draft at ENA’s Low Carbon Networks and Innovation conference in December.

Richard Hynes-Cooper, Head of Innovation at NGN said: “At NGN, we use innovation to improve business processes, our use of technology and security of supply, passing on cost benefits to our customers and minimising our impact on the environment.

“Stakeholders have a key role to play in helping gas networks identify the challenges and knowledge gaps where innovation can provide solutions, making this Strategy consultation a really important opportunity to help networks deliver even greater results.”

David Smith, CEO of ENA said: “Continued innovation across our gas and electricity networks is vital to building on the success already seen in this part of our energy sector. These strategies are not only about encouraging network companies to bring forward innovative projects and embed a culture of innovation within their organisations but also about giving stakeholders the chance to help shape that process.”

To view the Strategy in full click here.

The draft will also be discussed via two workshops at the ENA’s Low Carbon Networks and Innovation conference on December 6-7.

For further information and to register for LCNI please visit the website here.