eSmart Networks, our Energy Transition business, provides public electric vehicle charging, industrial electrification and renewable energy connections.
The business was created to respond to the UK’s need for charging infrastructure as the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles gathers pace, and has since broadened its services to provide grid connection solutions and renewable energy infrastructure.
The highly technical skills and specialised electrical accreditations allow eSmart Networks to offer customers a complete package of services which spans grid constraint solutions, grid connections and the onsite specialised civil and electrical installations.
Of particular value to customers is eSmart Networks’ capacity to control the grid connection process – effectively removing the monopoly Distribution Network Operator (“DNO”) from the process, greatly reducing project timescales.
The UK has a legal commitment to tackle climate change and, in 2019, it became the first major economy to write into law the commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050. Transport generates approximately a quarter of all the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions; therefore, to achieve the legally binding reduction target for the UK, emissions generated from transport need to be extensively reduced.
In November 2020, the Government published The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The plan includes the acceleration of the shift to zero emission vehicles, which will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030. Support for this plan includes the investment of £1.3bn to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure on motorways and major roads, along with more on-street charge points. Recent studies suggest that the UK will require more than 25 million electric vehicle charging points by 2050 in order for the UK to achieve the Net Zero emission target, with 2.6 million in public places and the balance as private charging points for houses with off‑street parking at an overall estimated installation cost of £50bn.
In December 2020, the Committee on Climate Change published its recommendation on the UK’s sixth carbon budget, which will set the UK’s carbon emission reduction pathway between 2033 and 2037, in order to meet the legally binding Net Zero target by 2050. This report recommended a 78% reduction in UK territorial emissions between 1990 and 2035, in effect bringing forward the UK’s previous 80% target by 15 years. This recommendation was enshrined in law under the Carbon Budget Order in April 2021. The report forecasts the UK will need a network of 10,000‑20,000 interurban ‘rapid charge’ points by 2040. The report also forecasts that electricity generation will need to double from today’s levels by 2050, with solar generation required to grow by 654%.
Currently electricity supplies 20% of all of Great Britain’s energy requirements, by 2050 this will rise to 78%. Electrification of transportation, industrial demand and residential demand are key elements to Net Zero.
eSmart Networks was created by Nexus to support the UK’s transition to a lower-carbon transportation system and has diversified into the provision of industrial electrification and renewable energy infrastructure. eSmart Networks applies the electrical expertise from within TriConnex, along with the civil engineering experience of Tamdown, to be perfectly placed to design and install the electric vehicle charging and energy infrastructure required in the UK.