Scottish Water Publishes Net Zero Emissions Roadmap

Scottish Water Publishes Net Zero Emissions Roadmap

On 14 September, Scottish Water published its Net Zero Emissions Routemap. The routemap, published at the start of Climate Week and created with the support of an expert panel, sets out how Scottish Water will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2040, five years ahead of the national target.

It outlines how Scottish Water will tackle emissions across five key areas - electricity, processes, gas, transport and travel and investment - and states that the organisation will:

  • Operate all of its assets, including 239 water treatment works and 1827 waste water treatment works across Scotland, using renewable power
  • Transition its entire fleet of vehicles, currently 1600-strong and one of the most high-profile in the country, to zero-emissions vehicles and reduce mileage of 17 million miles per annum by 50%
  • Reduce the carbon intensity of its £700m a year investment by 75%, with a similar reduction in its supply chain, by adopting zero-emissions design and using low carbon construction materials

ScW Net Zero v2

1600-strong fleet will transition to zero emissions vehicles

The roadmap includes commitment to develop nature based solutions for engineering problems, and demonstrate and implement carbon dioxide capture and biodiversity benefits of urban blue green solutions.

Further information on the Net Zero Emissions Roadmap is available on the Scottish Water website here -


(September 2020)

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