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Over 4% drop in carbon emissions

Yorkshire Water are glad to report that we have reduced our carbon emissions by 4.3% in the last three years as we take strides forward to reduce our environmental impact.

Investment in a renewable energy technology known as anaerobic digestion has played a leading role in the reduction, with 18 of our major sewage treatment works each generating electricity from this renewable source.

The decrease in emissions has helped us retain our Carbon Trust Standard.

Erica Lack, one of Yorkshire Water’s Energy & Recycling managers, said: “To  achieve a reduction of over four per cent in carbon emissions within the last three years demonstrates we are serious about improving the environmental performance of the business. Water and waste water treatment is a hugely energy intensive process, but thanks to advances in technology and lots of hard work from colleagues across the business, we are making major reductions in operational emissions.”

Anaerobic digestion works by utilising ‘poo powered’ technology by converting human sludge into biogas which is then used to make electricity.
We also use wind turbines and hydro-turbines to generate green power.

Yorkshire Water are aiming to create 12 per cent of our total energy needs from renewable sources in 2016/17, which will help reduce our annual electricity costs of around £50m.

Making investment in renewables, has helped us reduce our carbon emissions by a total of 15 per cent since 2008.

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