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‘Northeast 80x50 Pathway’: A Blueprint Of 80% Emission Reduction


The National Grid present its ambitious goal of reducing emission footprint by 80%, whereby listing the required steps for the organisation.

Dailycsr.com – 18 June 2018 - National Grid has come out with its “Northeast 80x50 Pathway”. The largest utilities in the country owned by investor presents the “first of its kind” “blueprint” for bringing a drastic reduction of 80% in its “greenhouse gas emissions” level of 1990 by the year of 2050.
The goals of National Grid have been in line with the states they operate in, for example “New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island”. The recently released “Northeast 80x50 Pathway” features a thorough working plan and analysis for addressing the “three most carbon-intensive sectors” of Northeast, namely “heating, power generation, and transportation”. While, the National Grid’s U.S. president, Dean Seavers added:
“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 organizations and industries, and we hope the Northeast 80x50 Pathway serves as a launching point for those conversations.”
Under taking the above mentioned pathway would mean accepting “three big shifts” in the present energy systems whereby reducing 40% of emissions by 2030. However, here is a list of these changes that needs to be adopted in order to “achieve the “long-term goal of 80% by 2050”, as mentioned by National Grid:
  • Heat - A transformation of the heat sector, by doubling the rate of efficiency retrofits and converting nearly all of the region’s 5 million oil-heated buildings to electric heat pumps or natural gas; and
  • Power Generation - Accelerating the zero-carbon electricity transition, by ramping up renewable electricity deployment to achieve 67% zero-carbon electricity supply;
  • Transportation - A transformation of the transport sector, by reaching more than 10 million electric vehicles on Northeast roads (roughly 50% of all vehicles)
Furthermore, the “ambitious policy” of pathway reveals that the 80% reduction target would also require the Northeast community to turn to “deeper and more sustained technological innovation”, whether on “the grid side” or on the “customer side of the meter”.
The legal ground work for the “targets” forms part of the “National Grid service territory”, whereby featuring “the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) (2008), New York Executive Order No. 24 (2009), and the Resilient Rhode Island Act (2014)”. In order to avail the entire “National Grid’s Northeast 80x50 Pathway”, kindly visit: