Countdown to COP

Our new campaign plots the course to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November and looks at the key topics for utilities.

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Anglian Water has several industry firsts under its belt including in green finance. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage Utility Week talks to Anglian's head of carbon neutrality about the company putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to carbon commitments. He also discusses trials around process emissions and how better data can help crack the problem
Analysis
The need to adopt methane strategies is an under-explored area of net-zero policy but there are still important steps that can be taken by the government and Ofgem. Maxine Frerk delves into the issue in her latest column for Utility Week.
Opinion
Decarbonisation is under the spotlight more than ever before with the water sector's net zero 2030 deadline fast approaching. The industry target was ambitious enough but one company has broken ranks and says it wants to be there by 2027. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP coverage, Ruth Williams speaks to Northumbrian Water’s chief executive Heidi Mottram about why the company set itself the earlier goal.
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Businesses across all sectors are waking up to the fact that they have a role in climate change. However, not all of them have the plans to match their good intentions. Gemserv’s Trevor Hutchings explores the sticking points to climate action.
Opinion
Industry leaders and supply chain experts discuss the responsible procurement risks which could arise from a net zero investment boom as evidence emerges of poor and unethical labour practices in low carbon supply chains. How can these risks be combated with robust audit and due diligence processes?
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Ovo Energy wants to be in the vanguard of delivering new technologies and services to enable net zero. However, the company’s chief financial officer Bill Castell insists that first the energy retail market must be stabilised, to give both investors and consumers confidence. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP campaign, he speaks to James Wallin.
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Former energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd has said her former role should be brought to the forefront of the Cabinet to ensure net zero is delivered effectively. Rudd also reflected on the impact of the UK hosting COP26, although stressed that it was likely to be “a reduced conference”.
News
As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of strategy & customer service at UK Power Networks. He discusses the need to present decarbonisation as an economic opportunity rather than a cost burden, why the sector should be promoting “open energy” and three principles to boost consumer participation in the net-zero agenda.
Interviews
The EA and Defra have launched a fund to attract green finance by kickstarting schemes that improve the natural environment and have the potential to attract private sector investment.
News
Key to the UK's success in reaching its decarbonisation targets will be fostering innovation, developing the skills needed to deliver on these ambitions, and collaboration across the energy sector, writes Emma Ford, head of gas construction at National Grid.
Opinion
The co-founder and chief executive of energy retailer Bulb talks about the need for utilities to show the kind of co-operation seen in other industries in order to accelerate progress on decarbonisation. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, he also addresses the challenge of ensuring a just transition.
Interviews
Energy retailers will be the lead players in bringing customers along on the net zero journey, so it is vital that they are freed up to find innovative ways to enable that transition. Energy UK’s chief executive shares her views as part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP.
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Our new campaign – to run over the next nine months – will seek to present a pan-utilities road map to net zero. We will explore the sector’s achievements to date and ask what needs to be done to unleash its full potential to drive forward the decarbonisation agenda. James Wallin sets out what the series will cover and how Utility Week members can get involved.
News
Drax chief executive Will Gardiner shares his thoughts on the countdown to COP, calling it a unique opportunity to showcase the UK’s decarbonisation expertise. However, he warns that to present a coherent argument on how we will tackle emissions, the government needs to be clear on frameworks for supporting the rapid scale-up of a diverse range of technologies.
Interviews
As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, we speak to Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson. He discusses the need to capitalise on government's green ambitions, particularly through price controls; the value of co-operation in regional net-zero infrastructure projects and how to convince customers to think twice before they put the kettle on.
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