THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE ROUTE
TO GET TO NET ZERO EMISSIONS
In the pages below you can see the steps we plan
to take to reduce our emissions across 5 areas:
THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE ROUTE TO GET TO NET ZERO EMISSIONS
In the pages below you can see the
steps we plan to take to reduce
our emissions across 5 areas:
We are committed to getting to net zero emissions whilst delivering excellent service and great value to our customers.
These commitments are based on what we know today and can, when added together, deliver our ambition of net zero emissions by 2040.
We will use the best scientific evidence to inform our actions. Where needed we will work with academic and research organisations to build understanding.
It is not just about getting to net zero emissions, it’s also about getting there in the most efficient way possible.
• understand, assess and prioritise options to reduce our emissions
• look to pilot and demonstrate the emissions impact
• implement at scale; and then
• sustain the activity where shown to deliver benefits.
Our aim is to reduce the amount of energy we consume to deliver our vital water and wastewater services.
In the last 5 years we have delivered 19 GWh per annum of energy efficiency and will look to deliver a further 20% improvement.
ENERGY EFFICIENT PROJECTS
Installation of a real time control system at our largest wastewater treatment works at Shieldhall has reduced energy consumption by 15% per annum, reducing emissions as well as delivering savings.
USE LOWER CARBON
Our aim is to operate all of our assets using renewable power.
STORNOWAY WASTE WATER
TREATMENT WORKS WINDFARM
AND GLENCORSE WATER TREATMENT
WORKS HYDRO TURBINE
Stornoway is 36% self-sufficient in renewable energy from 15 wind turbines on site; Glencorse is 91% self-sufficient in renewable energy from turbines on the incoming raw water.
NIGG WASTE WATER
TREATMENT WORKS ENERGY
now 52% self-sufficient
following investment on site.
We aim to transform the technology we use, and use this resource as a source of renewable energy.
We have started to transform our 1600 strong fleet from fossil fuels to zero emission vehicles.
We plan to accelerate as vehicle technology develops.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE FLEET
We have recently changed all our pool
car fleet to electric vehicles and have
charge points located across our office locations.
WATER TREATMENT UNITS
Through improving the design of these, our supply chain partners have reduced the amount of steel and cladding used by 30%, reducing emissions by 50 tonnes per unit.
STORING AWAY EMISSIONS
THAT CANNOT BE AVOIDED
We know that we will not be able to reduce all our emissions to zero and will need to store away those which we cannot reduce.
Restoring peatland helps lock up carbon but also delivers wider benefits for drinking water quality and biodiversity.
Treating wastewater produces emissions
that cannot be avoided with current technology.
We will look to store carbon to offset these emissions.
Throughout this routemap we will be highlighting specific activities in key areas that will enable us to make progress and external factors that will support us. On our journey to net zero there are some key enabling activities that we will be focusing on.
CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES
POLICY AND REGULATION
LOW ENERGY WATER
The development and deployment of innovative treatment processes are key to reducing energy consumption and reducing process emissions.
This is an area of technology that is rapidly changing that will enable emissions reduction across all our activities.
The development of low/zero emission materials for use in investment and operations are key to reducing our emissions.
Scotland’s water resources will be different in a climate change future. We need to understand how we might recover wastewater final effluent and surface drainage water to support hydrogen production, ensuring the availability of fresh water for drinking and other uses.
HOW WE WILL MONITOR AND REVIEW OUR PROGRESS
To show progress towards net zero emissions we will review and measure our progress against our routemap. We are committed to open and transparent reporting of our performance and the lessons we have learnt on the way.
Annually, we will report on our operational and investment emissions and will track their progress to net zero.
We will focus on showing our progress in our four key areas of:
USING LOWER-CARBON ENERGY PRODUCTS
EMBRACING LOW CARBON CONSTRUCTION
STORING AWAY EMISSIONS THAT CANNOT BE AVOIDED
We will also report on our net zero and climate change adaptation measures in line with Scotland’s Public Body Reporting Requirements.
As we have developed this routemap we have been supported by an expert advisory panel who have helped significantly to test and shape our thinking.
The panel will continue to support us and review our progress, challenge our assumptions and provide support as we update our plans.
We will also work with stakeholders to demonstrate to our customers and communities that their money is being invested efficiently in delivering net zero emissions.