Policy, pledges and planning: PLENARY PRESENTATION

Richard Brindle, United Utilities


With our existing carbon strategy coming to a successful end in 2020 we were prompted to review our approach to carbon management. Adopting principles of systems thinking we developed a maturity matrix and used this to assess our capabilities, our priorities and to define the company’s ambition for the future. We articulated our ambition through a set of policy statements specifying what must be done to achieve our maturity ambition profile.  The required activities were grouped into four pillars and range from enhancing our climate related disclosure, incorporating carbon in our investment appraisal and decision making, changing land management practices to increase natural capital through to innovation in processes, culture and technology, both within our operations and with our partners and suppliers.

In May 2020 we made 6 carbon pledges which we will accomplish through our new climate change mitigation strategy including 4 specific deliverables that will reduce our net greenhouse gas emissions and help us to meet our company science based target. However we are also signatories to Water UK’s public interest commitments including the water industry commitment to be Net zero by 2030. Achieving this challenging target will require even more interventions and actions and we are currently exploring opportunities to reduce demand, technologies and processes to reduce or capture emissions.

Building on last years’ presentation, this presentation will introduce our Carbon pledges and provide a wider progress update on United Utilities approach to achieving its carbon ambitions.

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