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Supply chain needs "more pull" on carbon "More pull" is needed from water utilities if they are to make the most of their supply chain partners, says a leading pump manufacturer. The view was expressed at a recent Round Table event on "Carbon footprint reduction in wastewater networks," hosted by Water & Wastewater Treatment magazine. Clive Patten, managing director of pump manufacturer ABS Wastewater Technology, sponsor of the event, surprised some water company representatives when he said that they were failing to get the best out of companies like his. "We don't get a lot of pull from the industry on innovation, we have to very much come and push and sometimes that 'push' is very difficult." Participating in the event, Ben Roche, Yorkshire Water's asset strategy manager, said it was "amazing" that some utilities were failing to engage with the manufacturers on energy efficiency. Stephen Bird, operations director at South West Water, said he thought it was often a "perception" that water companies were not innovative, but added, "if there are procurement issues, blockers, processes that seem to get in the way, then obviously we are all interested to know how we can overcome those." The debate took place in London on 31 March 2011 and was chaired by Professor Tom Stephenson of Cranfield University. Representatives from Thames Water, Anglian Water, Welsh Water and Severn Trent also took part. Other topics under discussion included sewer abuse, customer behaviour, flow monitoring, urban drainage and private sewer transfer. The Round Table was organised by WWT magazine in partnership with ABS.
CRC: An update As the Carbon Reduction Commitment enters into full swing, how well are companies prepared and how can the regulation act as an effective tool for internal behaviour change and cost reduction?
As the Carbon Reduction Commitment enters into full swing, how well are companies prepared and how can the regulation act as an effective tool for internal behaviour change and cost reduction?
The Climate Change Act commits the UK Government to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. Incentives to help reach this target include Feed-in Tariffs, the Renewable Heat Incentive, Green Deal and CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. These create opportunities to make savings through greater energy efficiency and generate income streams through the use of zero and low carbon technologies such as solar and CHP. To maximize energy savings and income generation, a robust evidence base is needed to plan strategic options and to communicate potential to stakeholders. Geographic analysis and visualisation can play a pivotal role in creating this and disseminating it to different audiences. This presentation will show how the strategic planning of energy use and generation is inherently spatial in nature and cannot be done without the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Topics covered will include: - Creating a property level evidence base to support decisions making - Delivering the evidence base to stakeholders - Promoting opportunities to customers/citizens Delegates will learn how tools inherent within GIS can be used with methodologies and approaches from experts in low carbon and energy efficiency to derive the information required to make evidence based decisions which justify expenditure and maximize the return in terms of revenue and carbon reduction. Examples will be drawn on work undertaken by industry experts, Esri UK and Local Authorities including Nottingham City Council. This presentation should be attended by those with an interest in the strategic planning and mapping of energy demand and future generation.