Environment

Our business is intrinsically linked to the environment as we rely on it for our raw product, water. For this reason we do all we can to ensure there is a clean, resilient and sustainable supply available for current and future water customers whilst ensuring there is enough water available to support the needs of the environment too. Click 'Discover More' to hear from our Head of Environment, Emma Goddard.

People

Our people are dedicated to providing you with the best service possible, whether they’re out in the field searching for leaks, managing our operational sites, testing the quality of your water or answering your queries. Each and every person within the business is dedicated to delivering you the safe reliable tap water supply you expect. Click 'Discover more' to hear from our Head of HR, Sian Jenkins.

Last updated 30-07-21

Our responsible business commitment to publish our renewable energy measures

What is this commitment?

We will publish a range of supplementary metrics that highlight the percentage mix of our energy sources and also include information on our energy efficiency and the impact of our land acting as a “carbon sink”.

This contributes to the WaterUK Public Interest Commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions for the sector by 2030.

Desired impact – For South East Water to ensure we are transparently reporting on our progress towards Net Zero carbon ambition for 2030.

How have we performed?

Progress is being made on our work to bring online renewable energy sources to support our operations key activities in the year include:

  • A private wire solar option is being progressed and procurement planned for summer 2021 (subject to due-diligence).
  • We worked towards switching our energy portfolio to Ofgem’s renewable energy guarantee of origin (REGO)  and we are pleased to say that 100 per cent of energy we purchase through the grid is now carbon-zero since  April 2021
  • Procurement of direct commercial Green PPAs (purchase power agreements) underway – like our REGO product this will be carbon zero energy, however we will know exactly where our energy comes from and will also include brand new renewable energy and thereby contributing to the additional renewable energy generation capacity in the UK.  This purchased energy will ultimately replace our REGO product

We have published our carbon net-zero routemap which in addition to energy covers aspects of carbon such as transport and generators.

Impact of Covid-19

There has been no impact of Covid-19 on this programme of work.

Case Studies

River

The Cuckmere and Pevensey Levels ELM Test and Trials Project

A proactive part of our day-to-day operations is to work with landowners to help manage catchments in a more integrated way to improve the quality of the environment at a local level, in the face of challenges including local development and climate change.

Forest

Protecting the environment for future generations

Protecting the environment we abstract water from is very important to us. Between 2020 and 2025 we’re donating a total of £75,000 towards Trees for the Downs, a project run by The South Downs National Park Trust.

One of our Catchment Scientists with one of our new electric vehicles. This is why we’ve committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2025 and are part of the industry wide Net Zero 2030 commitment spearheaded by Water UK.

Beginning our carbon reduction journey

As guardians of the environment, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. This is why we’ve committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2025 and are part of the industry wide Net Zero 2030 commitment spearheaded by Water UK.