Anglian Water has published a set of sustainability targets which it claims are “the most ambitious move yet by any water company to address the challenges of climate change”.1
There are two specific climate change targets: to reduce the firm’s operational carbon emissions by 10% by 2015 and to halve the embodied carbon in new assets by 2015. Both are against a 2010 baseline.
However, Anglian’s claim to be leading the industry appears circumspect.Its target to reduce operational emissions is not dramatically different from other firms’ targets (ENDS Report 401 pp 34-35). And Anglian only expects to meet it due to a fall in the carbon intensity of the UK grid electricity.
David Riley, Anglian Water’s carbon manager, said investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency will keep the company’s emissions stable to 2015. The change in the emissions factor will produce the 10% fall.
The company’s carbon footprint was about 493,015 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010, excluding savings from green electricity tariffs.
Mr Riley says the target to halve embodied carbon in new assets is the reason Anglian is claiming to lead the industry.
Some of the company’s non-carbon targets are interesting. In 2011, it wants its top 100 contractors to commit to saving water, while in 2012 it wants them “to engage with sustainable procurement activities”.
It is already working with suppliers to cut emissions (ENDS Report 397, pp 22-23).