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The Regulators' Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development has called for water companies to provide evidence of how projects will drive down whole-life carbon emissions as they progress through the gated process. It called for inclusion of renewable energy generation or carbon sequestration where possible in the large-scale schemes being developed to answer looming water shortages.
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Farmers and landowners will be incentivised to get involved in nature-based solutions that benefit rivers and streams under schemes launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as part of the Agriculture Act. Peatland recovery, wetland creation and tree planting are among the activities for which landowners can apply for public funding.
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Everflow CEO Josh Gill discusses the need for the water industry to focus on advances in machine learning, open data and AI as well as what the sector can learn from innovation in finance.
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Philippe Sébérac, director of technological and scientific expertise at Veolia, explains how the firm and its project partners have updated their early warning system for identifying and quantifying Covid-19 in wastewater to cope with new variants, and discusses a broader rollout.
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The water watchdog has set out its strategy for 2022-23 that includes working towards long term goals of eradicating water poverty and raising satisfaction among business customers. CCW said its work will include coordinating a campaign to raise the value of water in society and help people understand how their own consumption impacts the water environment.
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Ofwat has set out its expectations for water companies to align their decarbonisation strategies with UK government targets that focus on both operational and embedded emissions. The regulator said the next price review will feature carbon reduction performance commitments.
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England could face a daily water deficit of 3,435 megalitres by 2050 - an extra 1,500 megalitres over the previous forecast from two years ago - if no action is taken to prevent the shortage, regional water resource groups have warned. Representatives of the groups said demand reduction will play a vital role in managing water resources across the country until major infrastructure projects can be completed.
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In our latest round-up of national newspaper coverage, questions are raised after Ovo Energy paid £21 million to a company owned by its founder, while soaring gas prices have led to calls for greater protections for customers using communal heating. Elsewhere, a council in Shropshire has promised to put pressure on water companies following the frequent discharge of sewage into its county waterways.
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Responsibility for improving water quality in rivers cannot be laid solely at the door of the water industry, the Environmental Audit Committee has said in its report following a year-long inquiry into the health of rivers in England. The committee said engagement is needed with farmers, landowners, housing developers and local authorities and called for a culture of “water citizenship” to make people better aware of the impacts of their behaviour.
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MOSL has set five key priorities for the coming year to improve services to customers in the non-household market by ensuring better quality data is available, smoothing interactions between wholesalers and retailers, and undertaking a strategic review of metering.
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Employees of Wessex Water who have not received or booked at least one Covid-19 vaccination have been told they will only receive statutory sick pay if they are required to self-isolate following contact with a person who tested positive for the virus.
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After a year-long investigation, the Environmental Audit Committee's report into river health in England has urged regulators to take a firmer position on pollution incidents, saying Ofwat should consider limiting bonuses to water company executives for failing to tackle the problem. The committee’s chair Philip Dunne spoke to Utility Week about the report, which also called for licence conditions to be revised to require year-on-year reductions in pollution towards a target of zero serious incidents by 2030.
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SES Water has been awarded Biodiversity Benchmark accreditation from the Wildlife Trusts for the second year for its water treatment works in Leatherhead. The site in Surrey boasts six protected habitats that are home to endangered species including dormice and slow worms. The company is working to gain accreditation for two further sites during the current AMP cycle.
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Pennon Group's acquisition of Bristol Water has moved closer to completion as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it is likely that evidence provided by the former would be accepted in response to concerns the deal could undermine Ofwat's ability to regulate. Meanwhile, the CMA has also launched a merger inquiry into the acquisition of a minority stake in gas distribution network SGN by Brookfield Asset Management.
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Thames has partnered with a disability charity to expand the communication about its priority services register and how households living with a disability can benefit from the support offered. The company is aiming to reach 410,000 sign-ups to its PSR by 2025.
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Net zero will not be achieved by central planning alone – it will involve every person making their own “calculated gambles”. To encourage the public to do this, the utilities sector will need to focus on storytelling skills every bit as much as engineering expertise. Energy policy expert Tom Lowe discusses how we can have these conversations and why now is the time to retire the term “consumer”.
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Utilities, including water and energy supply, require an extensive and diverse set of infrastructures. Access control in these industries must therefore address the many security challenges and potential inherent risks. Scattered sites, such as electrical substations, electric power plants, wind turbines, solar farms and hydraulic stations are particularly hazardous.
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The ongoing energy crisis continued to grab headlines in the weekend’s papers, with experts warning there is “no quick fix”, Labour urging the government to impose a windfall tax on oil and gas companies to fund support for struggling households and Tory MPs claiming the Treasury is set to see its own £1bn windfall from VAT on energy bills.
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