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Greenhouse gas emission

Greenhouse gas emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions - Our annual net greenhouse gas emissions, in ktCO2e.

We are targeting a reduction from 133 ktCO2e in 2015-16 to 119 ktCO2e in 2019-20 compared to a performance of 148 ktCO2e in 2014-5.

As a large proportion of this is driven by the CO2e emissions from grid electricity a factor that is outside our control there is no financial ODI associated with this measure.

For 2017-18 greenhouse gas emissions were 122 kilotonnes carbon dioxide equivalent, which is the target. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint: key examples in recent years include the preventative aspects of catchment management, extensive energy efficiency work, and investment in food waste digestion which provides electricity consumed by regulated activity.

GENeco has contracted with Unilever to sell green gas certificates in association with the export of biomethane. This would mean that WWSL could not net-off from our gross emissions the carbon equivalence of exported biomethane covered by such certificates. Therefore, WWSL has undertaken to buy sufficient certificates from GENeco that we remain within our 2017-18 performance commitment level of 122 kt CO2e.

We are anticipating that we will continue to manage our activities to achieve the future year targets but as our performance will be affected by other influences so cannot guarantee the target will be met.