Bridging the gap to net zero

The FES: Bridging the gap to net zero programme takes a closer look at what needs to be done to reach the UK’s 2050 net zero target.

Through the programme, we identify and investigate the areas from our recent future energy scenarios publication that we consider to be the most important and the most uncertain.

We intend to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to progress the debate, recommending actions for policy makers and industry to move towards net zero, and also join the dots of National Grid ESO’s work in responding to some of the challenges presented by the FES key messages.

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Launching Bridging the Gap 2022

This autumn our third Bridging the Gap to Net Zero report will build on our 2021 peaks and troughs focus. We will be digging deeper into some of the dynamic peaks and troughs that present the greatest level of challenge to the ESO and wider energy system. And, we will be working closely with our industry colleagues once again to challenge and review the critical actions needed to ready GB’s energy system for high levels of renewables.

Read more about Bridging the Gap 2022

Previous years publications

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Bridging the Gap 2021 final report

This year’s Bridging the Gap project looked at peaks and troughs: how data and digitalisation, technology and markets can help meet the challenges of a decarbonised electricity system.

These recommendations represent an industry view of how we can make the most out of data, digitalisation, technology and markets to help us manage the challenges of increasing levels of renewable electricity generation.

Find out what needs to be done now to make sure we’re heading in the right direction for net zero by 2030.

Introducing Bridging the Gap 2021: Peaks and Troughs

Download our final report

Bridging the Gap to Net Zero peaks and troughs workshops

We held the first of our Bridging the Gap workshops this year at the end of October, bringing together a wide range of our stakeholders.

The aim was to discuss the new ‘peaks’ and critical points in our energy system, and then how markets, tech and data and digitalisation could help to manage these.

In the next instalment, we led three webinars covering our interim findings relating to markets, technology and data and digitalisation and how they can help with the challenges of operating a decarbonised electricity system.

You can download the slides below.

Bridging the Gap 2020

In Bridging the Gap 2020, we explored:

  • Bioenergy in a net zero world
  • How electric vehicles (EVs) can facilitate greater growth of renewable generation
  • Managing peak electric heat demand

As well as topic-specific recommendations, we identified a need for a common, ‘whole society’ definition of net zero, so we all know what we’re working towards.

For more information about our recommendations, read our one-page infographic and the report itself.

You can also download the bioresource workshop slides.

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