COP26: The Route to Net Zero Water | IPT
Chair: Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Chair, Select Committee on Environmental Audit
Speaker: James Jesic, Managing Director for Customer Operations, Severn Trent
Speaker: Sarah Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Thames Water
Dinner Discussion


Monday 18 October 2021


House of Commons

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The UK water sector manages over 7,000 treatment sites delivering 15bn litres of water every day and enough buried pipeline to reach the moon and back.  Since 2011, emissions across the water sector have reduced by 45%. By 2050, climate change could leave England short of 3.4bn litres of water each day.  As hydrogen emerges as an alternative fuel source, water demand is likely to increase by 15-20%. Water UK estimates that up to 10m tonnes of greenhouse gas could be saved if the sector reaches net zero by 2030. The 2030 target requires significant conversion of commercial vehicles to alternative fuels, tackling leakage through smart and more efficient networks, using energy from renewable sources and reusing biomethane from sewage waste for heat. With £50bn worth of sector invested planned over the next five years, how can the water sector decarbonise and help drive a green recovery? 

This event will: 

  • Consider how to build a smarter water system. 
  • Explore the potential of green job growth in the sector and the skills required to drive decarbonisation. 
  • Examine future regulatory standards, including the possible role for a mandatory water efficiency label.