Delivering on net zero carbon in wastewater management. Progress and prospects

13 October 2020, The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, UK

NEW DATE & VENUE: 13th October 2020, The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

This 1-day event will run alongside the European Waste Water Management Conference.


The team at Aqua Enviro understands the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have been actively monitoring developments while we continue to plan for this conference, and have now made the decision to postpone the event until the 13th October. Should social-distancing measures remain in place at this time the event will be delivered virtually.

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At around five million tonnes (CO2-e), the UK water industry is the nation’s fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG), representing just under 1% of the country’s total emissions. Recognising their significant contribution to the nation’s carbon footprint, the UK water industry in 2019 announced a target of net zero emissions by 2030 – twenty years ahead of the Government’s commitment for the country as a whole.

Delivering on this commitment will require a root-and-branch review of capital and operational practices – with carbon impacts factored into all future decision making.  This is additionally challenging when set against a context of increasing discharge constraints requiring more intensive wastewater treatment.

The split of emissions between drinking and wastewater varies between companies, but conveyance and aeration both represent significant energy sinks. It is often quoted that there is more energy present in wastewater than is required to treat it – but that harvesting this energy is challenging or impossible in a northern European climate.  Efforts to decarbonise are therefore likely to focus instead on the national energy grid and operational efficiencies.  But is this the right approach?  Will it allow the industry to deliver on time?  Does it neglect promising innovations that might allow the wastewater sector to reduce its own emissions?

Aqua Enviro invite you to attend this conference “Delivering on net zero carbon in wastewater management. Progress and prospects” in which we will explore these questions through the lens of innovation to understand how future carbon-efficient wastewater management approaches could take advantage of emerging technologies to become net carbon sinks.

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All conference attendees will have access to the European Waste Water Management (EWWM) Conference sessions running on the 14th July.   Why not upgrade and attend both days? Find out more …  



Registration Opens - 13th July

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