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Thames Water aims for net zero as it generated enough renewable energy to cook 112 million festive turkeys

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Thames Water has generated enough renewable energy from sewage in the last year to cook 112 million Christmas turkeys as the company works towards net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The UK’s largest water company created almost 140 million cubic metres of green biogas during the sewage treatment process.
In June, Thames Water announced it is committed to leading the future of energy transition by transforming the way it creates and uses power to become net carbon zero by 2030, with generating renewable power from waste as an important part of this plan.
Crossness sewage works in Greenwich was the biggest producer of renewable energy in the last 12 months, churning out more than 18.5 million m3, enough to cook 15 million turkeys, while Mogden sewage works in Twickenham and Beckton in Newham racked up about 18 million and 12 million m3 each.
Matt Gee, Thames Water’s energy & carbon strategy & reporting manager, said: “Creating our own clean, green energy is an important part of our sewage treatment process and we’re generating more and more each year.
“Doing this allows us to power our sites with renewable and eco-friendly fuels, and as we continue to generate more, we want to export it to be used in our local communities.
“This is just a part of our long-term plan to be net carbon zero by 2030, which is a key part of our company-wide turnaround plan to ensure we perform in the way that our customers, communities and the environment expect from us.
“We know we’ll need to work alongside other companies from a range of industries to ensure we protect the planet for future generations and encourage everyone to look at sustainable and eco-friendly solutions.”
Eliot Whittington, director of the UK Corporate Leaders Group, of which Thames Water is an active member, added: “Thames Water’s investment in new renewable energy is a great Christmas present to the UK’s climate targets and to the communities it operates in, and makes a strong down payment on its long term ambition to be net zero by 2030.”
Karen Gibbs, Senior Policy Manager at CCW, said: “Reducing carbon emissions is essential in tackling the climate crisis and protecting the environment and our precious water supplies, now and in the future.
“Green energy schemes, like those Thames Water is delivering, play a vital role as the water industry works towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 – two decades ahead of national targets.”