Yorkshire Water reports over 4% drop in carbon emissions

Posted: Wednesday 14th December 2016

Yorkshire Water has reduced its carbon emissions by 4.3 per cent in the last three years as it takes strides forward to reduce its environmental impact.

Investment in a renewable energy technology known as anaerobic digestion has played a leading role in the reduction, with 18 of the company's major sewage treatment works each generating electricity from this renewable source.

This includes the sewage treatment works at Naburn in York and Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield which generate over a third of their energy from renewables.

The decrease in emissions has helped the firm retain its Carbon Trust Standard.

Erica Lack, one of Yorkshire Water's Energy & Recycling managers, said: "To achieve a reduction of over four per cent in carbon emissions within the last three years demonstrates we are serious about improving the environmental performance of the business. Water and waste water treatment is a hugely energy intensive process, but thanks to advances in technology and lots of hard work from colleagues across the business, we are making major reductions in operational emissions."

Anaerobic digestion works by utilising 'poo powered' technology by converting human sludge into biogas which is then used to make electricity. The company also utilises wind turbines and hydro-turbines to generate green power.

Yorkshire Water aims to create 12 per cent of its total energy needs from renewable sources in 2016/17, which will help reduce its annual electricity costs of around £50m.

By making investment in renewables, it has helped Yorkshire Water reduce its carbon emissions by a total of 15 per cent since 2008.

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