Water company join’s UN’s Net Zero push

Northumbrian Water Group – which includes Essex & Suffolk Water – has joined the world’s largest alliance on climate change after being approved by the United Nations to become part of its Race To Zero campaign.
The news comes as the company launches its Emission Possible plan for achieving Net Zero carbon by 2027 – 23 years ahead of the campaign target and that of the UK Government.
The company has already slashed its carbon emissions from 303,000 tonnes in 2008 to just 56,000 tonnes in 2020 meaning it is well on its way to hitting this industry-leading goal.
Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.
The company has also set a target for zero avoidable waste by 2025.
Heidi Mottram, CEO of Essex & Suffolk Water, said: “We are delighted to launch Emission Possible, which showcases the amazing work that has already gone into our own drive towards Net Zero in 2027, and the way we intend to achieve that ambitious goal.
“We are proud to show our support for the ambition that will be outlined at COP26 by joining the Race to Zero, and delivering leadership and support for our region and communities in the face of climate change and all the challenges it brings.
“Climate change poses the single greatest threat to our environment and reducing carbon emissions is a vital step in tackling that challenge. Our plan outlines how we are facing this as a business – head on! And by joining the Race To Zero, we are recognising our part on the global fight ahead.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change said: “As one of the UK’s leading water companies, Northumbrian Water are leading by example by rising to the challenge of decarbonising the water sector ahead of COP26.
“This pioneering plan not only supports the water industry’s sector-wide

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