Hundreds of Anglian Water employees have pledged to cut over 23 tonnes of carbon for Climate Week.

The total carbon saving, which is enough to power a home for a whole year and would take nearly 600 seedling trees 10 years to lock-up, has been achieved by Anglian Water employees promising to make simple changes to their lifestyles. The pledges include giving up meat for a week, sharing lifts to work and switching to 30 degrees for laundry.

The water company has teamed up with The DoNation, a charity set-up to encourage sustainable living through donating action rather than money, to inspire more people to get involved and to calculate the impact its employee promises are having.

Chris Gerrard, Climate Change and Biodiversity Manager for Anglian Water, said: “Brits drink around 165 million cups of tea a day and 70 million cups of coffee but around two thirds of us boil more water than we need only to let it go cold again. If you’re an average British tea-drinker, only filling the kettle with the water you need saves nine kilograms of carbon over two months. For caffeine addicts the saving would be a bit more. Plus, you save on energy bills and time too.

“So far more than 200 people have made small changes to their travel, waste, energy and food habits to save carbon, and we’re sure that number will continue to rise. Some have made more than one pledge each and most will benefit in terms of health, time or finances too.”

As well as encouraging its own employees to get involved, Anglian Water is also sponsoring water-related pledges on the DoNation website to encourage more people to save water as well as carbon.

Chris continued: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation and as a business. We launched our Climate Week carbon pledge against a backdrop of devastating flooding in many parts of the country. It’s a painful wake-up call to the potential effects of a changing climate.

“Anglian Water has to deliver clean drinking water and sewerage services to six million customers and that has a big carbon footprint, so as a business we’ve needed to adapt and be more innovative, changing things across all aspects of our business to reduce our impact on the environment.

“We’re reducing the amount of carbon in the assets we build and the energy used to run them – for instance the carbon saved building our Raithby Water Treatment Works was enough to make 65 million cups of tea. We’re using innovative technology to power our treatment works, pioneering more sustainable methods of treating water, driving down leakage to its lowest level ever and helping customers use less water.

Hermione Taylor, founder of The DoNation, said: “Forty two per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions are a result of individual’s actions - not business’ nor government’s, but ours, and that’s why The DoNation was established to make sustainable living mainstream and to make it fun, social, and encourage people to take up low-carbon habits.”

People can pledge an action donation at The DoNation.