SUPPORT A
FLOURISHING
SCOTLAND

LET’S GET STARTED

GROWING SCOTLAND’S
NATURAL CAPITAL

Scottish Water owns more than 22,500 hectares of land, the equivalent of around 15,000 football pitches.

At the moment we do not know how much carbon dioxide is stored by our land, but will work with the world renowned James Hutton Institute to understand how we best use our valuable natural resources.

CURRENT POSITION

22500ha

OF LAND OWNED
BY SCOTTISH WATER

OUR APPROACH
STORE MORE
EMISSIONS THAN
WE PRODUCE

INCREASE CARBON
DIOXIDE STORAGE ON
THE LAND WE OWN

INCREASE
BIODIVERSITY ON THE
LAND WE OWN

STORE MORE
EMISSIONS THAN
WE PRODUCE

INCREASE CARBON
DIOXIDE STORAGE ON
THE LAND WE OWN

INCREASE
BIODIVERSITY ON THE
LAND WE OWN

These tables illustrate the key activities we
are exploring to support a flourishing Scotland.

We will keep these under review
with our expert advisory panel.

These tables illustrate the
key activities we are
exploring to support a
flourishing Scotland.

We will keep these under review with our expert advisory panel.
We still capture and store carbon dioxide than we produce

UP TO

2025

• Establish how much carbon dioxide our land stores each year and the biodiversity status of our land.

UP TO

2030

• We show net gain in biodiversity and carbon storage.

UP TO

2040

• Net carbon storage balances or exceeds our ongoing emissions.

• Develop an accredited scheme for annual reporting of nature based carbon dioxide capture.

• Reporting of carbon dioxide capture shows our progress to net zero.

• We work with James Hutton Institute to confirm carbon storage needs and opportunities to deliver and go beyond net zero.

• Complete peatland restoration
on our land and water catchments.

• Sustainable peatland management to lock up carbon dioxide.

• Assess and implement peatland restoration on our land and water catchment in partnership with NatureScot.

• Woodland creation programmes on our land and at operational sites.

• Sustainable woodland management on our land and at operational sites.

• Identify, assess and implement woodland creation on our land and at operational sites in partnership with Forest & Land Scotland and NGOs.

• Implement natural solutions to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity.

• Natural solutions widely adopted to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity.

• Work with partners on grant applications for tree planting and peatland restoration.

• Implement sequestration and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions.

• Transformed blue green urban landscapes.

• Investment options adopt natural solutions to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity (eg water catchment management for water quality).

• Demonstrate and implement carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions

We still capture and store carbon dioxide than we produce

UP TO

2025

• Establish how much carbon dioxide our land stores each year and the biodiversity status of our land.

UP TO

2030

• We show net gain in biodiversity and carbon storage.

UP TO

2040

• Net carbon storage balances or exceeds our ongoing emissions.

• Develop an accredited scheme for annual reporting of nature based carbon dioxide capture.

• Reporting of carbon dioxide capture shows our progress to net zero.

• We work with James Hutton Institute to confirm carbon storage needs and opportunities to deliver and go beyond net zero.

• Complete peatland restoration
on our land and water catchments.

• Sustainable peatland management to lock up carbon dioxide.

• Assess and implement peatland restoration on our land and water catchment in partnership with NatureScot.

• Woodland creation programmes on our land and at operational sites.

• Sustainable woodland management on our land and at operational sites.

• Identify, assess and implement woodland creation on our land and at operational sites in partnership with Forest & Land Scotland and NGOs.

• Implement natural solutions to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity.

• Natural solutions widely adopted to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity.

• Work with partners on grant applications for tree planting and peatland restoration.

• Implement sequestration and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions.

• Transformed blue green urban landscapes.

• Investment options adopt natural solutions to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity (eg water catchment management for water quality).

• Demonstrate and implement carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions

We still capture and store carbon dioxide than we produce

UP TO

2025

• Establish how much carbon dioxide our land stores each year and the biodiversity status of our land.

• Develop an accredited scheme for annual reporting of nature based carbon dioxide capture.

• We work with James Hutton Institute to confirm carbon storage needs and opportunities to deliver and go beyond net zero.

• Assess and implement peatland restoration on our land and water catchment in partnership with NatureScot.

• Identify, assess and implement woodland creation on our land and at operational sites in partnership with Forest & Land Scotland and NGOs.

• Work with partners on grant applications for tree planting and peatland restoration.

• Investment options adopt natural solutions to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity (eg water catchment management for water quality).

• Demonstrate and implement carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions

UP TO

2030

• We show net gain in biodiversity and carbon storage.

• Reporting of carbon dioxide capture shows our progress to net zero.

• Complete peatland restoration on our land and water catchments.

• Woodland creation programmes on our land and at operational sites.

• Implement natural solutions to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity.

• Implement sequestration and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions.

UP TO

2040

• Net carbon storage balances or exceeds our ongoing emissions.

• Sustainable peatland management to lock up carbon dioxide.

• Sustainable woodland management on our land and at operational sites.

• Natural solutions widely adopted to increase carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity.

• Transformed blue green urban landscapes.

INNOVATION
CHALLENGES
DEVELOP NATURE
BASED SOLUTIONS FOR
ENGINEERING PROBLEMS
INNOVATION
CHALLENGE
DEVELOP NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS FOR ENGINEERING PROBLEMS

KEY ENABLERS
TO SUPPORT NET ZERO EMISSIONS

PARTNERSHIPS
with NGOs, public sector partners and private landowners to increase carbon dioxide storage
PEOPLE CAPABILITY

expanding land management and biodiversity skills

UNDERSTANDING

of multiple benefits of nature based solutions

GRANT FUNDING

Seeking grant funding to accelerate projects

KEY ENABLERS
TO SUPPORT NET ZERO EMISSIONS

PARTNERSHIPS
with NGOs, public sector partners and private landowners to increase carbon dioxide storage
PEOPLE CAPABILITY

expanding land management and biodiversity skills

UNDERSTANDING

of multiple benefits of nature based solutions

GRANT FUNDING

Seeking grant funding to accelerate projects

EXTERNAL FACTORS TO SUPPORT
NET ZERO EMISSIONS

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SCIENTIFIC
UNDERSTANDING

of cabon dioxide capture
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REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

how we account for
carbon dioxide storage

EXTERNAL FACTORS TO SUPPORT
NET ZERO EMISSIONS

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SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING
of cabon dioxide capture
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REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

how we account for
carbon dioxide storage

SUPPORTING
EMERGING GREEN TECHNOLOGY

Decarbonising heating and transport are two big challenges for Scotland to deliver net zero.

Scottish Water is working to support these challenges through two activities – the availability of renewable heat from sewers using heat pumps and in supporting the hydrogen economy, which is forecast to have a role in decarbonising both heat and transport. These will be crtitical in our support of the green recovery.

SUPPORTING THE
HYDROGEN ECONOMY

Hydrogen, when produced with renewable energy, is a zero emission fuel.

The production of hydrogen needs a lot of water and we want to work with partners to understand the implications for Scotland’s water resources.

We will play our part in developing integrated water and energy systems to enable the hydrogen and renewable economy.

WHAT WE COULD
USE HYDROGEN FOR

FUEL FOR COMMERCIAL
VEHICLES/HGV

WASTEWATER
SLUDGE PROCESSING

HEATING BUILDINGS

EXPANDING HEAT
FROM SEWERS

Scottish Water pioneered recovering heat from sewers in the UK.

We have delivered 2 schemes which are saving over 300 tCO2e pa, and are commissioning a further scheme with even greater potential. We are undertaking feasibility studies at other sites to increase use of this renewable heat source.

INTRODUCTION

TRANSFORMATION

REDUCING
EMISSIONS
SUPPORTING A
FLOURISHING SCOTLAND

ELECTRICITY

PROCESS
EMISSIONS

GAS &
FUEL OIL

TRANSPORT
& TRAVEL

INVESTMENT

STORING
CARBON