Utilities consultancy Reson8 explores how to reduce carbon emissions by 12 per cent from commercial vehicles by making scheduling more efficient. This could cut the fuel needed for journeys to save time, money and carbon.
Efficiency challenges in PR19 have made water companies closely examine parts of their business where improvements can be made. For Welsh Water this included overhauling its approach to asset maintenance by using data to be proactive, not reactive.
The Covid vaccine rollout has shown the power of trusting local actors to achieve a national target. The same could be true of the energy transition. As part of our Countdown to COP series, David Blackman explores ways of driving net zero forward at grassroots level.
UK Power Networks will share details of vulnerable customers with water companies in its regions, in a partnership which it believes “moves the industry a step closer to the potential of a nationwide register”.
The Environment Agency has proposed allowing water companies up to 25 years to deliver on environmental programmes and extending the timeframe for the Water Industry National Environmental Programme (WINEP) from five to ten years.
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.
A trial by Yorkshire, Siemens and Artesia has trained artificial intelligence to learn to distinguish the sound of a leak on Yorkshire's network from other background noises. This 60 per cent improvement lets the company focus its activities on attending and repairing true leaks.
An Environment Agency report called for further research into how low quality rivers socially impact communities living closest to them. The urban environment report noted pollutants to waterways from surface run-off that would worsen as climate change becomes more extreme.
In our latest appointments roundup, Severn Trent has revealed Shell Energy Retail's chief operating officer is to join as the water company's new customer retail and technology director. Elsewhere, the trade body Renewable UK has announced the results of its latest annual board election while contractors Stonbury has appointed a new chief executive.
In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, the government is expected to make an announcement on the future of the National Grid electricity system operator as soon as this week. Meanwhile, there are concerns that ministers have underestimated the cost of switching to heat pumps to the tune of £12 billion and green energy suppliers have hit out at plans to introduce a RAB model for nuclear plants.
United Utilities has become the first UK water firm to be officially recognised by the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its carbon reduction ambitions. The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.
Ofwat’s final decision on extra investment in green recovery schemes on top of the PR19 packages has seen the total fall from £850 million in May’s draft announcement to £793 million today. This is as a result of Thames Water – one of the five companies to submit green recovery plans – reducing the size of its smart metering programme after the regulator cast doubt on its deliverability.
Ofwat has published its survey on consumer finances during the pandemic, showing a decline in mental health correlated with those financially struggling. It found more households were worse off in the past year than previously and many anticipated that to continue in the coming 12 months
Yorkshire has set its targets for reaching net zero by 2030 including electrifying all cars and vans as well as rolling out zero-emission tankers and trucks. Partnerships will be key to the plans and cutting carbon will be made central to every business decision.