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12 November 20

Affinity Water plans for Net Zero Carbon by 2030

Affinity Water has been working closely with companies across the water industry to develop a route map to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, which has been published today (12 November).

The energy Affinity Water uses is to lift water from rivers and underground aquifers, for treatment processes needed to ensure the water we supply is ‘wholesome’, to move water around their network and to pressurise the water for customers’ use. Affinity Water also use energy to service offices and depots and for driving its fleet of vehicles.

Director of Corporate Affairs and Communities, Jake Rigg said:

“We are very proud of this work and excited to be a part of the bold action needed to tackle the climate crisis.

“The route map to net zero also strongly aligns with our company purpose to provide high quality drinking water and take care of the environment – for all generations. “Our aim is to be net zero for operational carbon emissions by 2030. Net-zero means achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.

“The routemap explains how the Water Industry can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 at a sector level. At Affinity Water, we demonstrate strong leadership for carbon emission reduction from the Board level and throughout the organisation. We have already made significant progress to reduce our carbon emissions. We are now using 100% green electricity from the grid, have a strong energy efficiency programme in place and have made a commitment to make carbon a key part of all investment decisions going forward.

“Our future plans include moving to a greener fleet over the coming decade, to develop significant renewable energy and to be part of the water industry’s commitment to plant 11 million trees. In addition to this, we are working closely with our supply chain partners to reduce carbon emissions from our daily activities and planned investments, both from the materials and energy we use. We have begun working on our own individual carbon reduction strategy which we will publish in 2021.”

To find our more information about the water industry’s Net Zero Carbon route map, please visit www.water.org.uk/routemap2030

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