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Thames Water publishes its 2030 net-zero strategy

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Thames Water has published the final stage of its roadmap to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2030.
The UK’s largest water supplier is committed to leading the future of energy transition by transforming the way it creates and uses power to become carbon neutral by 2030, having cut emissions by almost 70% since 1990.
The company, which has been producing renewable energy at Mogden sewage works since the 1930s, aims to be carbon negative by 2040.
Thames Water’s comprehensive plan includes reducing the use of fossil fuels across the business, harnessing renewable energy sources from waste, solar power and heat recovery schemes, and working with sustainable suppliers and partners.
A new Ventures unit has also been launched to expand the company’s renewable energy business, build resilience and open-up new green spaces for customers, while an unprecedented amount of investment is being directed towards reducing pollutions, and safeguarding rivers and the natural environment.
Sarah Bentley, Thames Water CEO, said: “We all have a responsibility to take urgent action against climate change, the world’s biggest environmental challenge, and to work together to protect our planet and our water cycle for future generations.
“At Thames Water, we’ve played an important role in the past and are now leading the future of UK energy transition. Not only do we provide life’s essential service, clean and fresh drinking water to millions of customers every day, but we also create reliable, affordable, and sustainable power by processing sewage. For us, the next stop is net zero.”
Since 1990, Thames Water has cut its operation emissions from operations by 68% despite serving an additional 4.3 million customers.
In February, the company announced that excess heat recovered from the sewage treatment process could be used to power more than 2,000 homes in Kingston thanks to a new carbon-cutting partnership between Thames Water and Kingston Council.