While the utility sector’s creative minds are pulling up trees to fuel the energy transition, decarbonise and innovate around water supply, firms’ green strategies incorporate far broader schemes than simply replanting them.
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.
Experts from the water sector share their thoughts on how and where innovation can boost post-COP progress and discuss whether or not the industry is already ahead of the conference’s collaborative curve.
UW Innovate caught up with Yasmin Ali – energy innovation project manager at BEIS – to reflect on her 11 years in utilities ahead of her appearance at Utility Week’s Adapting for Net Zero Conference 2021.
Amid work towards the UK’s 2050 net zero target and a shifting landscape of expectation and responsibility, experts shed light on some of the prevailing external forces shaping innovation in asset management.
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.
Proposed changes to network charges threaten to undermine plans by water companies to generate renewable power on their sites in efforts to become net zero by 2030. Utility Week speaks to senior figures at companies including Anglian Water and United Utilities about the impact of Ofgem's plans on their decarbonisation ambitions.
Business Stream has outlined its plans to cut carbon emissions from its organisation by 20 per cent in the coming year against a 2018/19 baseline as part of broader ambitions to achieve carbon net zero by 2040.
With no policy or financial incentives in place to cut methane and nitrous oxide emissions, the onus is on water companies to reduce process emissions from wastewater treatment processes, a panel of experts told Utility Week.