Anglian Water and Severn Trent have signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Race to Zero campaign.
The water companies have become the first businesses to join the initiative under the Water UK umbrella – the water sector trade body is the first organisation of its kind to have become an official partner to the campaign, which aims to increase collaboration between businesses, cities, regions and investors the help drive a sustainable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and accelerate progress towards international net zero goals.
Under the framework, Anglian Water and Severn Trent have promised to deliver a net zero water supply for customers by 2030.
It is estimated that up to £4 billion will potentially need to be invested in order for the sector to tackle emissions associated with providing clean water to more than 28 million homes and businesses across the UK.
Christine McGourty, Water UK Chief Executive said: “The publication of the Net Zero 2030 Routemap was a major step forward for our sector so we’re incredibly proud to be taking this forward as the first industry trade body to join the Race to Zero campaign.
“Working in partnership with other businesses, government, and our regulators, we intend to deliver this plan decisively, openly and quickly, and look forward to sharing our experience with other infrastructure, utility and energy-intensive industries as we continue to tackle the threat of global climate change.”