Water sector pledges net-zero carbon emissions by 2030

The water sector in England has set itself a voluntary target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and to triple its leakage reduction rate by 2030.

As part of a new ‘public interest commitment’, published today by trade body Water UK, the firms have also pledged to prevent the equivalent of four billion plastic bottles ending up as waste by 2030.

They will do this while keeping bills affordable and promoting job opportunities in local communities as part of a social mobility pledge, according to Water UK.

Water companies have already been told they must invest £5bn on environmental measures by 2025, in a plan set out by the Environment Agency (EA) last summer.

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