Friday, 14 March 2014

Scottish Water's work for Climate Week

Scottish Water has been doing its bit in the local area to support Climate Week (March 3rd - 9th), the country’s biggest climate change campaign, which aims to inspire a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.

Over the week – and throughout 2014 – the publicly-owned water company has been highlighting its actions to deliver low-carbon services for customers, achieving a 10 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions over the last seven years through steps such as reducing the amount of water that leaks from pipes, increased renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and the recycling of sludge (the leftover solid material from wastewater treatment).

In addition, Scottish Water has also been promoting sustainable land management, working with landowners to reduce potential pollution of water supply sources, which can make water more difficult to treat before being supplied to customers.

Although Scotland has plentiful resources of raw water, the treatment and distribution of water is very energy-intensive and the heating of water counts for a sizeable share of energy use: research by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change shows that 18 per cent of domestic energy is used for heating water. By using less water, customers can save money on energy bills.

Mark Williams, Scottish Water’s Head of Environmental Science and Regulation, said, “Climate Week 2014 is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate what we are doing to build a sustainable Scottish Water. That means being able to deliver on our customers’ expectations of high-quality water and waste services whenever and wherever they are required well into the future, while supporting Scotland’s economy and environment.

“Projects like our £250-million investment in improvements to the river water quality and natural environment of the River Clyde is just one of the ways in which we’re looking to do even more, while helping communities and customers by playing our part in tackling flooding and dealing with the impact of heavy rainfall.

“It’s why we’re also increasing the amount of renewable energy we generate, which is helping to provide more of the power needed for our treatment works.

“Our volunteering programme gives our 3,500 employees opportunities to spend two days every year helping with community initiatives around Scotland – a way of giving something back in the spirit of a sustainable Scotland, while helping to build value and trust in the services provided by Scottish Water.”

Kevin Steele, Climate Week’s founder, noted, “Climate Week mobilises leadership at every level to combat climate change, and the hundreds of thousands of people taking part are showing the leadership that exists across the country to help us live and work more sustainably.”

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