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We are one of the largest energy users in the East of England. This is a big cost to us as well as having an adverse effect on the environment through the resulting green house gas emissions.

In consultation with a range of stakeholders and as part of our 2015 – 2020 business plan we developed ten outcomes that we will deliver for our customers and the environment. One of these outcomes is a smaller footprint, leading by example on reducing emissions and conserving the world’s natural resources.

We have also updated our Love Every Drop carbon goals.

  • Exceed a 7% reduction in real terms in gross operational carbon by 2020 from a 2015 baseline
  • Deliver a 60% reduction in capital (embodied) carbon by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.
Minimising both the ‘operational’ carbon created in our everyday operations, and the ’capital’ carbon used in building assets such as water mains, sewers and pumping stations, is vital to reducing our overall impact.

Our energy strategy continues to ensure energy efficient infrastructure and helps us to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions. In total between 2010-2015 we delivered around 1,000 energy projects, bringing our cumulative saving to well over £20million. In the same period we delivered a three-fold increase in the amount of renewable power we generate. These initiatives have made a significant contribution towards achieving our longer term operational carbon goal.

Capital carbon accounts for around 15% of our carbon footprint overall, and it’s where we are making the biggest reductions. In 2015 we reduced the capital carbon in new assets we built by 54% from a 2010 baseline.

We continue to collaborate with government and industry to promote low carbon construction and procurement. We are members of the Green Construction Board and also chair the Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group.

The annual Greenhouse Gas Report provides a breakdown of our emissions and responsibilities for reduction.