In this section you'll find out more about what Yorkshire Water’s climate change strategy is and what we're doing to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
With Yorkshire's weather likely to become more variable in the coming decades, with warmer winters planned and drier summers, it's important that we start planning exactly how we're going to be combatting any extreme weather events, and what this means for us as a Company going forward.
Find out what the future looks like for Yorkshire and discover all the work we're doing to combat climate change.
Yorkshire's average temperature could rise by 3.6°C by the 2050s.
We need to make sure that we can maintain the high levels of service our customers expect, now and in the future. So we're doing three things:
- Preparing for the changing climate by making sure that we're ready to deal with the effects it may bring - this is known as adaptation. To do this, we need to make sure that our sites, people and processes are all as resilient as they can be.
- Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in order to play our part in minimising future climate change - this is known as mitigation. For example, we're being more energy efficient and investing in renewable 'green' energy.
- Working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure an effective response to climate change. We are communicating and collaborating with our customers, regulators, government and many others.
Yorkshire Water assessed the latest evidence, opportunities and risks for our climate change position paper. Six statements that summarise our position on climate change:
• The climate has been changing and will continue to change
• Climate change presents risks to our strategic objectives and the services we provide
• We'll quantify the climate change risks that face our business
• We'll develop long-term plans to manage the climate change risks that face our business
• We'll promote activities to address our climate change risks
• We'll drive initiatives to empower every employee to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the changing climate
Our climate change strategy describes how we are working to affordably maintain and enhance our water and waste water services, and to cost- effectively reduce our carbon footprint. The action set out in our climate change strategy ensures we are effectively managing today's risks and laying the necessary foundations to affordably maintain services for the long term. It is imperative that we respond to the challenges presented by climate change if we are affordably meet our customers' priorities and achieve our vision: taking responsibility for the water environment for good.
Making sure we deliver high quality drinking water to customers and return clean wastewater to the environment is a very energy intensive job which results in substantial amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Below we talk about the work we are doing to become more efficient and generate more electricity from renewable sources.
We're looking to trim our carbon footprint down to size and we're working hard to deliver energy efficiencies.
There are many ways you can help us maintain your water and waste water services and keep your bills as low as possible. Whether you're looking to become more water efficient, protect your pipes from frost, or make sure you know how to prevent sewer flooding, our help and advice section will be able to help you out.