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.
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.
Adding biodiversity to sites is already a goal for most utilities, but soon they will be working to a tough new target of 10% biodiversity net gains under the Environment Bill. Katie Dawson, Costain’s lead on Geographical Information Systems for the environment, explains what’s involved.
The Environment Agency has updated flood defence plans in readiness for increased extreme weather and set out obligations for water companies to make assets resilient over the next asset management period.
Better understanding of how to use the eco-settings on home appliances as well as choosing appropriate products for a household is essential to cut water and energy usage, according to the head of manufacturers association AMDEA
Shadow environment minister Luke Pollard said the water industry needs fundamental changes to face the climate crisis with a focus on helping customers use less water. He called for a shift in mindset from political leaders, companies and regulators as well as consumers to rethink how natural resources are viewed.
The latest report from the Public Accounts Committee has broadly criticised the slow progress made by government on environmental commitments and called for the Treasury to embed environmental accounting into the next spending review
New commitments for water companies, Ofwat and the Environment Agency to increase transparency and reduce the reliance on storm overflows have been made in response to Philip Dunne's Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill. Utility Week speaks to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
The chief executive of the Environment Agency defended the benefits that reform could bring to environmental regulation post-Brexit and said COP26 was already focusing minds in government to address the climate emergency.
Reaching net zero will take a cultural shift for companies in the water sector to make reducing carbon an integral part of all actions, the APPG water group has heard, along with a call for environmental contracts to complement social commitments made by the sector.