The University of Sheffield’s Professor Tony Conway, a non-executive director of both British Water and the Water Industry Forum, writes about the two organisations’ recently-announced decision to pool their resources.
Jiean Ling, doctoral practitioner in sustainability at the University of Surrey, discusses
why the water sector needs an asset planning strategy which considers long-term
impacts on a holistic spectrum of sustainability.
Toby Willison, Southern Water's director of environment and corporate affairs, writes for Utility Week about the need for collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders outside the industry to deliver nature-based solutions
In the second of three articles, BPF Pipes Group (a division of the British Plastics Federation) explores the policy drivers behind the circular economy, and how recycling and re-use can bring us into better alignment with the natural world.
To decarbonise the UK’s heating stock, the received wisdom is that we must ensure public buy-in. But critics of this view argue most people are never going to get excited about boilers, so the focus should be on making green heating the default choice. James Wallin looks at the debate and asks what we can learn from The Archers.
For the past year, the utilities sector has been warned that it faces a tsunami of debt resulting from the pandemic. However, there are emerging reasons to think the reality may not be as dramatic as feared. James Wallin asks whether we can risk reading anything into the green shoots of recovery.
The government’s attempt to bury the news that it was axing the Green Homes Grant was emblematic of a muddled approach throughout what should have been a flagship green recovery plan, writes David Blackman.
The next phase of the net zero transition will require strong public engagement and consent. However, new reports from Citizens Advice highlight that consumer markets are not ready for the change. Gillian Cooper, the charity's head of energy policy, says if the sector does not make it easier for people to upgrade their homes, the transition will be unsuccessful.
Debt Awareness Week has never been more relevant, as the pandemic continues to plunge increasing numbers of families and businesses into financial hardship. Mark Abrams, chief executive of Auriga Services, looks at what the utilities sector has been doing to help.
The government’s decision to call in the planning application for a new coal mine in Cumbria highlighted tensions between two of its key stated objectives: tackling climate change and “levelling up” depressed parts of the country. David Blackman explores what this episode says about the wider green industrial revolution and the balancing act of protecting both the economy and the environment.
Three companies are thought to be at the final stages of bidding for Western Power Distribution, including two familiar names and a new entrant to the market. James Wallin looks at the runners and riders and asks what the deal could mean for the wider question of rates of returns.
The publication of John Penrose’s review into the effectiveness of UK regulation could be dismissed as simply another Whitehall shelf-filler. However, David Blackman argues that Penrose’s proximity to the centre of power mean his views are more likely than most to be acted upon. So, what could this mean for utilities?