Protecting Yorkshire’s environment is at the core of our day-to-day business, from supplying our customers with a reliable source of clean water, to treating waste water and returning it safely back to our rivers and coasts. All of this must be done against a backdrop of significant economic, social and environmental change, and an evolving regulatory framework.
Our leadership in environmental management is recognised nationally and we are proud to have again achieved a Platinum performance in the Business in Community Environment Index 2016, as well as holding the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon reduction since 2013.
By making Yorkshire a better, cleaner place to live, work and visit we’re helping to attract new businesses and tourists to our region.
There is overwhelming evidence that our climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. This is critical to us and our five million customers because our water and waste water services are heavily influenced by the weather.
We are working to ensure we can affordably maintain and enhance our services in the changing climate. We are also cost-effectively reducing our carbon footprint to play our part in minimising future climate change. It is imperative that we respond to the challenges presented by climate change if we are to affordably meet our customers priorities and achieve our vision.
Find out about our Climate Change Strategy and carbon reduction initiatives at the link below.
With approximately 28,000 hectares of land we're one of the largest landowners in Yorkshire. Much of our land is used to collect the raw water we treat for drinking. Some is tenanted by farmers as well as being used for recreation by our customers.
Being a large land owner in the region brings great responsibility to protect and enhance biodiversity for future generations. The benefits of improved biodiversity of our catchments are plentiful - the land efficiently recycles water, oxygen and carbon and contains a thriving community of many species.
There's lots more about how we are enhancing biodiversity and improving river water quality through catchment management at the link below.
We provide nearly five million customers with a secure water supply that will meet their demands both now and in the future. However, water is a precious resource, and the population of Yorkshire is forecast to increase by 855,000 people over the next 25 years. Climate change has the potential to create further shortages and stresses, and could also increase household and business demand for water. So we’ve taken account of climate change in our plans and forecasts right up to 2040.
We are working hard to ensure that water needs are met now and in the future by using water wisely and inspiring others to do the same.
Discover more about how we are securing water supplies into the future and how we are reducing our own water consumption as well as working with our customers to help them do the same.
Yorkshire Water operates an Environmental Management System that has been certified to the international standard ISO14001 since 2004. We use our EMS to identify and manage environmental risk and opportunities for efficiency and are looking forward to being certified to the new version of the standard shortly.
Our EMS sits alongside our other management systems, such as our ISO9001 Quality Management System, our ISO55001 Asset Management System and our Occupational Health and Safety Management System within an Integrated Management System (IMS). Our top level commitment to environmental and quality performance can be found in our Quality & Environmental Policy.
As part of our EMS we are required to set objectives and targets. We do this through our internal Strategic Business Objectives to ensure environmental management is fully integrated with the business. Performance against these objectives and targets can be found within our Annual Report & Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016.
For information on Environmental Management in the rest of the Kelda group, please take a look at our Kelda group website.
We recognise the need to reduce waste in all it's forms: monetary, physical and time. Minimising waste is essential to help us remain efficient, reduce our environmental impact, keep bills low for customers and provide returns for investors. That's why we made stretching targets through endorsing the Government's Infrastructure Carbon Review and made a commitment to our customers to divert 95% of our waste away from landfill.
We're working hard to turn waste into a resource for us and others, increase efficiency of our assets and processes and to cut greenhouse gas emissions and embodied carbon.