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Seagrass, which was once common around the UK's coast, is believed to be as effective as woodland at sequestering carbon but until now no framework existed to measure its efficacy. Affinity Water was awarded funding from Ofwat's Innovation in Water Challenge fund to restore seagrass in its region, create a seed nursery and develop the framework for carbon credits. Utility Week talks to Aaron Burton, Affinity's head of environmental strategy.
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Yorkshire Water is adding more than 4,000 square metres of ponds to one of its wastewater treatment sites that will use 25 different species of plant to remove phosphorous from the water before it is returned to the environment. The plants have been selected to promote diverse habitats, with particular attention given to creating environments which support bees and other pollinators.
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An online mapping tool for measuring natural assets has been launched by a company co-founded by the former chair of the Natural Capital Committee, Dieter Helm. The developers said the tool gauges the benefits assets can provide in terms of carbon sequestration and storage, flood risk reduction, biodiversity and social wellbeing and will help inform discussions around the PR19 price review for water companies.
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Anglian has had approval from Defra to accelerate investment in schemes that will benefit the environment. The company will invest £800 million in natural water treatment, river restoration and enhancing biodiversity in its region
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Yorkshire is working with farmers to improve soil quality and reduce flooding by planting cover crops in between routine grows. The 'pop up rainforests' capture CO2 and the improved soil means less input is required by farmers so fewer chemicals are leached into waterways
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