A ‘routemap’ was announced on the 21st of July by Anglian Water (Anglian) that delineates the company’s plan to reach net zero carbon by 2030.

With a commitment to cut capital carbon by 70% against a 2010 baseline, the net zero target will cover all the company’s operational activities, as well as those of its entire supply chain.

Anglian made a commitment to reduce capital carbon by 65% from its 2010 baseline and operational carbon by 30% from 2018/19 levels. In addition to these goals, in June the water company became the first utility in the world to launch a sustainability-linked bond connected directly to achieving its interim carbon targets.

The routemap focuses on several key areas and outlines the company’s 2030 targets. Intending to reduce carbon emissions yearly, Anglian plans to see a reduction of over 250,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, spoke about the measures, saying, “Over a decade ago we had come to the realisation that we had a clear duty to tackle our emissions – not just because the water sector is generally one of the most power hungry, but because the rural nature and flat landscape of our region means we need even more energy than most to pump water to where it is needed.”

“We are accelerating our progress to net zero and setting out the pathway that will get us there by 2030, based on our three-step hierarchy of reducing emissions, decarbonising our electricity supply and removing or offsetting our residual emissions.”

The company will take several steps to ensure this routemap is met. Some of the steps include utilising renewable energy generation and storage, procuring green electricity and decarbonising the vehicle fleet.

This decarbonisation is an important step as it will replace 90% of all small fleet vehicles with electric equivalents, eventually switching medium-sized vehicles to hydrogen or biofuels (biomethane) and changing 55% of the company’s HGV’s to using liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The company will also maximise the value of biogas, this involves upgrading biogas production to biomethane that can be exported to the grid, used as transport fuel or supplied to industry.

Monitoring equipment will be installed at four large Anglian Water sites to improve understanding about the scale and location of process emissions. The results will be shared and reviewed alongside evidence from other UK studies.

Anglian will also explore further alternative fuels and develop an offsetting strategy for residual emissions.