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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.
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.
Our IMS is certified to ISO9001 & ISO55001 in addition to ISO14001 as mentioned above, for which we undergo an annual external audit to ensure that we meet the requirements of these standards. The certificates for these can be found here
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.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that standard financial accounting practices are failing to fully quantify impacts and risks, particularly those associated with natural and social resources. Sustainable accounting approaches attempt to incorporate these considerations into an organisation’s monitoring and reporting processes, by quantifying impacts on natural, social and human ‘capital’, in addition to the standard reporting of financial capital.
We are working to embed sustainable accounting across our business: quantifying the natural, social and human impacts of projects and decisions alongside financial assessments. We are working with organisations including Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) and the Natural Capital Coalition to inform internationally developing techniques to better quantify natural and social impacts and improve our risk management and decision making.
We are embedding the concept of the Capitals into our long-term business planning, to help us ensure the affordability and resilience of our essential public services for current and future generations. The Capitals are the valuable assets which are critical to the success of any organisation, and effective management of the Capitals helps ensure the resilience of our business.
We have instigated a range of projects to examine our impacts and dependencies across the Capitals, assessing a range of economic, environmental and social attributes associated with our activities and considering both our negative and positive impacts to society.
The Little Don area includes the Langsett, Midhope and Underbank reservoirs, and is a popular site for both local visitors and tourists. Yorkshire Water’s Little Don Recreation Plan aims to promote health, fitness, and wellbeing by creating opportunities for outdoor recreation that is inclusive and open to all. We worked with consultants at AECOM to create a framework and model for comparing options for the area: going beyond financial considerations to value impacts on people’s health and wellbeing, job creation, the local economy, and the natural environment. Having created this model for Little Don, we are now using it in other areas of the business, including options for some of our operational sites.
We were one of around 50 organisations globally to pilot test the draft Natural Capital Protocol, to help inform the first publication of the Protocol and to shape our own approach to natural capital assessment. We worked with expert consultants at AECOM to economically value the positive and negative natural capital impacts of different solutions for our £24m scheme to enhance Rivelin water treatment works in Sheffield. Our assessment showed that our chosen option significantly reduced negative environmental impacts and introduced positive environmental enhancements, enabling environmental value of around £3.8 million over the do-nothing scenario. Economic valuation of these impacts provided evidence for the chosen option, and helped to shape our thinking and decision-making for future asset management projects.
We worked with environmental consultants at Arup to conduct a natural and social capital assessment at Burnby Lane: a site reaching the end of its life as a landfill. We used sustainable accounting techniques to assess the environmental and social value of options for the site, including conversion to a solar farm and evaluation of an innovative mineral recovery technique. This assessment has helped inform considerations about the optimal future use of the site.
We are currently working on a range of sustainable accounting projects, including an assessment of the human and intellectual capital of all our colleagues, a study on innovations for a circular economy, and a report on the total impact of our business across the capitals. Check back soon for new case studies and reports, which will be published here.
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