Towards Achieving Net Zero

The UK was the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, with a commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to Net Zero. This will require a change in strategy for all industries as the previous target was to achieve at least 80 per cent reduction from 1990 levels.

Utilities will be significant in achieving this new target and water companies will need to play their part. WRc are looking at a number of areas where we can bring our in depth knowledge and expertise to help water companies develop strategies and plans to contribute towards net zero by 2050. We are developing a number of project ideas and will be sharing these with water companies over the next few months to prioritise those where a Collaborative Portfolio approach will be most effective. Our first project will look at innovative ways for sequestration of carbon.

Carbon Capture and Storage in the Water Industry through management of catchments to enhance riverine alkalinity - research is currently being carried out to understand the potential for enhanced silicate weathering as a technique for carbon capture and storage. This will likely involve the mining and application of silicate material as a fertiliser to farmland, or the construction of engineered reactor vessels with discharges to the environment. Water companies are embracing their role in catchment management activities and are in an ideal position to exploit this technique going forward. So can we make it happen?

If you would like to discuss further please contact us on Catchment@wrcplc.co.uk and we will come back to you.