“Grafham is a great example of how a focus on reducing capital carbon can drive innovation, increase efficiency and reduce costs across the business. The easiest thing would have been to lay another main with all the ensuing carbon and cost.
This innovative approach to reusing existing equipment enabled a cheaper, lower carbon solution to be proposed. The final scheme came in millions of pounds cheaper, at half the embodied carbon than the initial scheme design, all of which helps to keep bills down for customers and ensure an uninterrupted water supply for them too.
It is successes like this that helped us to beat our 2010-2015 target to cut capital carbon by 50 per cent from the 2010 baseline. We are now going further, with the desire to see a 70 per cent fall by 2030 and to become a carbon neutral company by 2050.”