Yorkshire Water Low Carbon Commitment

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Brookshaw waterMany major players in a variety of industries have expressed their commitment towards carbon reduction, and Yorkshire water has now made its voice heard. Its announced a strategy which aims to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. It also means to increase the use of green fuel sources, and promote tree planting and peatland restoration. Pete Stevens, manager of carbon neutrality at Yorkshire Water, said: “Tackling climate change is becoming ever more important. The 21st century has been the hottest for three centuries and we’re seeing the impact of that on our region and our business. “All UK water companies have made a joint commitment to reach carbon net zero by 2030. To do that we must be transparent with our data and set out a clear path to achieve the goal.”

Yorkshire Water’s strategy targets five key areas:

  • Climate resilience – to adapt to climate change impacts by making long term transformation changes.
  • Carbon reduction – making operations more efficient and delivering an energy efficiency programme which will reduce electricity use by 28% by 2030.
  • Reducing emissions – using renewable energy and low carbon fuels. Yorkshire Water will deploy up to 120 MW of solar by 2030 and will ensure that a minimum of 30% of all electricity use comes from onsite renewables.
  • Improving carbon storage – through their land strategy they will retain and improve land to store carbon and provide benefits, such as water quality. Tree planting projects, peatland restoration and other initiatives, will hopefully store up to 27ktCO2e by 2030.
  • Forming key partnerships – by working with Yorkshire institutions to meet challenges such as developing electric vehicle infrastructure.

Pete continued: “The water industry makes up over 1% of total emissions in the UK, so our national carbon commitment will have a big impact on emissions reduction in the UK.

“We know that reaching that target will be a significant challenge, but it’s important that we do everything we can to meet it. Through this strategy we’ll be able to ensure that reducing emissions and finding low-carbon solutions are a part of day-to-day business at Yorkshire Water.

Brookshaw Stuart are happy to work with reputable and responsible companies such as Yorkshire Water, and support their efforts towards zero emissions.

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