Climate change is a significant issue in the South East as global warming could lead to changes in our weather with an increased threat of droughts and flooding.
We are working to cope with the effects of climate change on our water supply and wastewater network, while at the same time taking steps to mitigate and manage our greenhouse gas emissions.
Southern Water is one of the largest users of energy in the South East due to the significant amounts of energy needed to pump water and wastewater round the region and treat it to the high standards expected by customers.
Last year, the company produced more than 315,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the equivalent of 11,700 heavy good vehicles on the road.
Because the water industry is such an intensive user of energy, it is vital we carry out extensive carbon mitigation work to minimise our impact on the environment.
We are working to minimise the amount of carbon we produce through our daily operations, treatment works and employee behaviour. In addition, we are working to increase our generation of renewable energy and recoverable energy to offset our overall energy use.
Our aim is to build on our mitigation programme year by year, so that by 2015 we are mitigating our carbon dioxide emissions by 30,000 tonnes each year.
By 2020, we aim to produce 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources which do not produce carbon dioxide.
Developers and Housebuilders can contact Southern Water at:
Anglo St James House
39A Southgate Street
T: 01962 858688 (lines open Mon - Fri, 9am - 4.30pm)
F: 01962 810296