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Carbon Emissions Policy

We're committed to managing our carbon emissions in line with customer expectations, using sound economics for all our investment decisions.

In order to provide high-quality drinking water and treated wastewater services, we use a large amount of electricity and are, therefore, subsequently responsible for significant carbon emissions. 

We will continue to accurately report our emissions and endeavour to mitigate increases in energy usage and emissions through improved operational efficiency and increased renewable generation.

This policy is endorsed by the Executive Management Team and will be continually reviewed to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

We will:

  • Continue to responsibly manage our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, using sound economics and meeting customer expectations
  • Aim to maintain our position on carbon emissions despite the predicted increase in energy demand through a combination of increased energy efficiency and additional renewable generation
  • Continue to focus on energy efficiency and renewable generation to improve carbon efficiency
  • Ensure that our measurement and reporting of greenhouse gases and whole life costing tools continue to meet the latest industry standards and regulator requirements
  • Continue to promote regular reviews of our design and technical standards to ensure they promote effective energy and carbon management and capture new and emerging technology
  • Promote improved carbon management with our delivery partners and throughout the supply chain by working as one team to deliver an efficient and effective approach to carbon management
  • Develop business procedures and practices to ensure the carbon and energy efficiency of capital works improvements delivered by Southern Water, our partners and the supply chain are demonstrated during commissioning, assured prior to handover and maintained during operation
  • Communicate agreed targets and ensure that the delivered benefits of the carbon mitigation schemes are tracked and reported against our targets
  • Meet or exceed the carbon management requirements of our government regulators
  • Continue our efforts to be certified under the Carbon Trust Standard accreditation scheme.

Reviewed April 2015

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