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Climate change

Climate change is a significant issue in the South East because global warming could lead to changes in our weather with an increased threat of droughts and flooding.

Southern Water - Bewl Water, Kent

The Met Office has stated that the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest on record. Monthly average atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide topped 400 parts per million for the first time in
April 2014.

The sea is predicted to rise by one metre this century, exposing millions more people to flooding, and, by 2080, annual rainfall in the South East could drop by half.

We're making plans to cope with the increased threat of droughts and flooding to ensure there are sufficient water supplies to go round and reduce the risk of sewer flooding to homes and gardens.

Water industry

The water industry accounts for nearly one per cent of the UK greenhouse gas emissions and has an important role to play in reducing emissions in order to meet the UK target of reducing greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050.

The publication of the Climate Change Act in 2008 requires all water companies to adapt to ensure water supplies are maintained and sewer networks are robust.

The Climate Change Act includes a target to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 in the UK

Carbon Trust Standard

We have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard on three occasions, acknowledging our efforts to improve our carbon efficiency and reduce our impact on the environment.

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