Our role in decarbonisation

Learn about Xoserve’s role in decarbonising gas.

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    Decarbonisation is a growing priority for the United Kingdom, and the wider world.

    In November 2020, the UK Government launched a Ten Point Plan detailing its strategy to achieving its net zero goals.

    We’re supporting the growth of low-carbon hydrogen

    We’re working closely with our customers and stakeholders to support the growth of low-carbon hydrogen. By testing a 20% blend into the gas distribution grid and supporting 100% hydrogen trials for domestic heating – we’re working towards a cleaner, greener future for the gas industry.

    In our unique position at the heart of the gas industry, we’re involved in a number of decarbonisation initiatives, including:



    A world-first demonstration bringing 100% green hydrogen gas to domestic consumers for the first time. This project will provide evidence for future low-carbon policy decisions, setting a clear path towards net zero heating for Scotland and the UK.

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    HyDeploy is a partnership between Northern Gas Networks, Cadent, the Health and Safety Executive, Keele University, ITM Power and Progressive Energy.

    Together, they’re demonstrating that the gas network can carry a blend of hydrogen with no impact on the customer’s gas supply.

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    Hydrogen Village trial

    In July 2021, Ofgem invited all Distribution Networks to prepare proposals to design and deliver a Hydrogen Village trial.

    Hydrogen Consumer Trial - Open Letter to GDNs

    Distribution Networks submitted their proposals in December 2021. Ofgem is now consulting on its inclination to fund the next stage of the detailed design studies for delivering a hydrogen heated village by 2025.

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    Biomethane sites with reduced Propane Injection

    As part of its carbon net zero ambitions, SGN is assessing the potential to reduce the requirements to inject propane at biomethane entry points in Scotland.

    Local distribution zone (LDZ) embedded entry points may inject biomethane with -4% propane content to increase the energy value of the gas to meet the GDN target calorific value (CV). This is calculated based on the current Scotland (LDZ) average daily CV (FWACV).

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    Future Billing Methodology

    We’re working with Cadent to optimise the use of renewable-source gases such as biomethane and hydrogen-methane blends.

    Both have lower carbon content than natural gas and can begin the decarbonisation journey, with the ultimate aim of converting to 100% hydrogen.

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