What is it and why do we measure it?
Water companies invest millions of pounds every year in improving and building new assets, we call this our capital investment programme. This programme makes sure we’ve got enough drinking water and we can take away and treat all the wastewater. We also own a lot of land in Yorkshire.
This performance commitment measures the drop in carbon emissions from the delivery of our capital investment programme and the carbon emissions that come from land we own. It’s a whole-AMP measure which covers the 2020-25 period, and we compare it to our performance in 2019-20.
To give you a measure of our progress, we’ve broken up the whole-AMP target into yearly targets and we report our progress in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.
How are we doing?
We’re currently on track to achieve our year-end target.
We’ve nearly completed the external verification of our carbon accounting approach. Any recommendations to improve it will be built into our system to fully embed low carbon thinking into our capital works. This quarter has also seen Yorkshire Water register its first woodland projects to receive certified carbon reduction credits. This will help us reduce the impact of our emissions over the long term by storing carbon, as well as improving flood resilience and biodiversity benefits.