10th March 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

The water industry aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 based on ambitious plans released by the trade association, Water UK.

The UK water industry has pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030, falling in line with the nation’s wider goals.

Water suppliers have already increased how much renewable energy they produce by 40% since 2011 with more significant growth now expected over the next decade.

Water UK represent over 25 water and waste water firms and showcased their roadmap to over 100 water company, regulator and supply chain staff at their ‘Delivering a Net Zero Water Sector’ event on Thursday 6th March.

Options for water companies to consider included:

  • Reducing wastewater treatment methane emissions
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Increased self-generation from renewables
  • Purchasing more green energy
  • Providing biogas to the National Grid
  • Roll out electric and alternative fuel vehicles
  • Move to electric powered construction vehicles

Since 2011, the water industry has also cut gross operational emissions by 43% despite an ever growing population and increased climate change challenges.

Water firms have changed the way they purchase power, in addition to producing their own renewable electricity. Companies purchased 2,000GWh of green electricity in this time which is enough to power every home in the UK for three days.

Christine McGourty, Water UK Chief Executive, said: “The water industry has made an ambitious pledge to achieve net zero carbon by 2030.

“It’s a big challenge but water companies are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and intend to be part of the solution to the climate crisis.”

Read more about the event and how the water industry plans to tackle climate change here.