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An environmental group has threatened legal action against environment minister Rebecca Pow’s department for not dealing comprehensively with combined sewer overflows.
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Meeting environmental targets and cutting the use of combined sewer overflows have been outlined as key priorities for Ofwat to incentivise in the next price review. Defra has instructed the regulator to make environmental planning and pollution reduction top objectives, in its draft strategic policy statement (SPS) for PR24 and beyond.
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Utility Week hears initial thoughts from the water sector on the first draft of Defra’s strategic policy statement to Ofwat, with commentators warning that it lacks the detail required to trigger the investment needed at PR24 if the government is serious about tackling river pollution and decarbonisation.
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Portsmouth has begun a smart meter trial ahead of a wider rollout during AMP8. Water efficiency manager Lianne Riggs told Utility Week customers are less interested in saving money because bills are low but environmental messages do resonate.
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Affinity Water will measure and report on its non-operational emissions from next year as it sets out plans to be carbon negative for scopes one two and three emissions by 2030. Nature-based solutions and developing a blue carbon finance framework are included in the plans.
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Uncertainty has not deterred M&A activity in the water sector, says Steven Bryan.
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Carmen Paun reports on what we have learned from the first phase of catchment management pilots driven by the Water Framework Directive, and where we go next.
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Thames has found Ofwat in no mood to negotiate on prices, says Ellen Bennett.
Analysis
Thomas Francis argues that water companies need to take a less patchy and more proactive approach to managing weather impacts.
Opinion
Ex-water minister Richard Benyon sounded cheery this week as he tweeted his followers: “on [the] backbenches!” After three-and-a-half years on the frontbench, Benyon may well be relieved to leave the sector behind. He narrowly escapes being the man in charge when the water sector is opened up to non-domestic competition in 2017, and perhaps more importantly, won’t be responsible for deciding the nature of abstraction and upstream reform. Those duties will now fall to his replacement, George Eustice, pending the next election (or any further reshuffles).
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Steve Nixon reports on UK water industry efforts to translate the EU’s Blueprint for Water into action.
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Ofwat says it expects water company boards to self-regulate to clean up corporate governance if they are to escape new licence conditions, reports Ellen Bennett.
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National Grid could start drilling at a carbon capture and storage (CCS) site off the Yorkshire coast as early as May, after an agreement for lease was signed last week.
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