Carbon climate and waste

Carbon, climate and waste

Climate change

Climate change is probably our biggest long-term challenge. In response, we need to both reduce our emissions and adapt to future impacts.

While climate projections are often presented in terms of changes to averages, such as average seasonal rainfall or average temperature, the resilience of our services is affected more by extreme weather events including heatwaves, droughts, intense storm events and prolonged rainfall.

As these have happened many times in the past, we have a lot of experience dealing with acute weather-related impacts and can build them into our planning activities and risk assessments. However, as background warming takes place, weather events considered extreme or unusual by today’s standards are likely to occur more frequently in future.

We have developed a climate change adaptation plan based on detailed risk assessments. The report sets out the main climate-related risks that we face and the work that we are carrying out that will help us manage those risks to an acceptable level and be more resilient overall.


To mitigate against climate change we have committed to emitting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Our carbon management strategy has three main elements:

  • emissions avoidance
  • increasing efficiency across our sites
  • generating renewable energy.

Managing droughts

This plan sets out how we intend to manage water resources during extended periods of dry weather.

Collating data

The data we gather through our scientific investigations helps us to understand how our business affects the environment.

Abstracting water

Our licences allow us to abstract water from the environment to support local watercourses.

Balancing supplies

Our water resources management plan sets out how we will balance water supplies with water demands.

Water resources update

A monthly update on water resources including reservoir levels and groundwater levels in the region.

A green prospectus

This document details five catchment scale pilot projects which aim to tackle well known environmental issues that could limit the achievement of regulatory or compliance outcomes, economic growth, or constrain environmental potential and social enjoyment.

Wild water swimming - what you need to know

It’s important for wild swimming enthusiasts to know that there are a number of factors that affect river water quality. Find what you need to know.