Anglian Water CEO supports call for further action to prepare for climate change
10 July 2019
Anglian Water Chief Executive Peter Simpson has commented today on the Committee on Climate Change’s latest report - ‘Progress in preparing for climate change.’
The report outlines the progress of different sectors in preparing homes, businesses and natural environment for a warming world. The water industry is highlighted as one of the few sectors making strides against their climate change adaptation targets, although the report emphasises that significant progress still needs to be made if the UK is to truly manage its climate change risk for the future.
Peter said: “This report from the Committee on Climate Change is essential reading. It recognises the good work being done in the water sector - and highlights the need for more.
“The challenges of preparing for climate change and a rapidly growing population are felt nowhere more keenly then in here in the east of the UK. At Anglian Water, we will continue to implement our ambitious plans to reduce consumption and leakage by engaging with our communities and investing in smart metering. We will also support sustainable growth and economic development by investing to secure the supply of water in order to meet these challenges.
“Our investments are supported by Green Bonds which have become possible because of our sustainable investment strategy and a relentless focus on carbon reduction. We also recognise the need to go further. Alongside others in the water sector we have recently committed, through our Public Interest Commitment, to triple the rate of sector wide leakage reduction and deliver net zero carbon as a sector by 2030.”
Almost two years ago, Anglian Water set the benchmark of becoming the first utility company to issue a Sterling Green Bond meaning all the company’s capital investment programme meets the Green Bond Principles of sustainability, environmental performance and carbon reduction.