Always exploring: expanding our understanding of whole life carbon emissions

Demonstrating leadership means constantly pushing boundaries. So we’re expanding our knowledge on carbon to help our whole sector

The approach, a UK water industry first, will build on the current international standard for carbon management in infrastructure, PAS2080, which we helped develop, and its philosophy that reducing carbon reduces cost. 
The project is set to deliver the tools and processes required to support the cultural and behavioural changes necessary to deliver low whole-life carbon and cost solutions and ultimately ‘zero carbon emissions’ as a water industry. 
The companies involved have pledged to build on our existing pioneering carbon database to enable whole life carbon reporting and to integrate data with cost models and engineering platforms.  
Additional elements of the project include: 

  • Creating a visual project environment, through colour palettes, to enable carbon and cost hot spotting that will support design teams to unlock further carbon and cost savings. 
  • Embedding whole life, carbon cost management into governance processes to support decision making, facilitated by digitalisation and visualisation. 
  • Sharing the methodology and whole life carbon database template with the rest of the UK Water Industry and its wider value chain. 

The project will support the industry in delivering its Public Interest Commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2030, with the ultimate goal of helping the whole water sector and our value chain to make clear decisions, based on data insights and visualisations.  
Above all, this project will enable the industry to move from carbon management to whole life carbon cost management and ultimately ensure that investment solutions we deliver are truly sustainable for our customers, society and the environment. 

Here at Anglian Water we’re also actively partnering on several other successful winning projects, including: 


  • ‘The Organics Ammonia Recovery’ project, which will recover ammonia in wastewater and turn it into green hydrogen fuel – a first for the industry, led by Northumbrian Water 
  • ‘Seagrass Seeds of Recovery’, a project aimed at restoring seagrass and improve estuaries and coastal waters by increasing biodiversity and absorbing carbon and nitrogen emissions led by Affinity Water 
  • ‘Sector Innovation Centre of Excellence (CoE)’ – a virtual innovation accelerator hub to promote collaboration in and beyond the water sector and drive transformational innovation, led by Northumbrian Water.

See our carbon journey to date:

We are hugely proud to be part of the first industry-wide strategy to achieve Net Zero.