Water industry targets net zero with new project

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Water companies in England have launched a new project that aims to develop a strategy to ensure the industry can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The sector will work alongside consultancies Ricardo and Mot MacDonald, who will lead the production of a comprehensive action plan, to set out the key measures the industry will deploy in pursuit of the 2030 target. The plan will be published in March 2020 before a detailed report follows in the summer, with progress to be independently assessed each year. Major milestones will be reported publicly while individual companies will use the plan to inform their own approaches to reaching the target.

It means that the water industry is the first industrial sector in the UK, and one of the first major sectors in the world, to commit to carbon zero by 2030. The industry has pledged to share its learnings from the project in a bid to help other major energy intensive industries to deliver their own strategies.

Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Anglian Water, is sponsoring the commitment alongside the Chief Executives of Northumbrian Water, Heidi Mottram, and Yorkshire Water, Liz Barber. Simpson said: “This vital project will help us find the technologies and processes we will need to help us become carbon zero. We’ve made great strides in recent years reducing both operational and embedded carbon but we don’t have all the answers. So, bringing in outside expertise to help us reach this target is essential.”

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