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Next stop, net zero 2030

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges for humanity. That’s why we’re totally committed to transforming the way we create and use energy – to help protect our world and water supply for future generations.

For us, the next stop is net zero. We aim for our operations to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. That’s 20 years ahead of the UK Government’s target.

But we won’t stop there. By 2040, we want to go beyond net-zero and become a carbon negative business.

From cutting our carbon emissions to generating our own electricity, powering your homes to planting more trees, we won’t stand still until we reach our aim.

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Our plans in action

It’s easy to state an ambitious aim, but what are we doing, right now, to make it happen?

  • Reducing the use of fossil fuels - we’re replacing fossil fuels with biogas at all our major sewage works.
  • Harnessing solar power - we can already generate up to 12GWh of solar energy and plan to double this by 2025.
  • Recovering heat from sewage - we’re creating England's first sewage-powered domestic heating scheme.
  • Trialling electric vehicles - we’re changing our fleet to electric vehicles to cut emissions and help us all breathe cleaner air.
  • Improving energy efficiency - we’re continually upgrading our processes to reduce the energy they use.
  • Building a sustainable supply chain - we look at how our supply chain reduces their carbon footprint to help us reduce ours.
  • Unlocking our resources - we help farmers use biosolids instead of manmade fertilisers to save resources and avoid emissions.

Download our net zero journey

To net zero and beyond – see our full plan as we get into the detail and set out our timeline for when we’ll deliver.

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