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Thames Water plans massive cut in carbon emissions

Thames Water yesterday revealed plans for a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2015 as part of a wide-ranging consultation on its future.

The water supplier identified climate change and the move towards a low carbon economy as the big challenges facing the company over the next three decades.

In a region where the population is set to increase by as much as 800,000 over the next ten years and with rainfall in London lower than that of Dallas or Istanbul, investment – particularly in the sewage network – is also a high priority for Thames.

Taking Care of Water, Thames Water’s draft plan for the provision of sustainable water and wastewater services over the coming 25 years is the result of extensive period of research with customers and stakeholder groups over the first half of this year.

The strategy paper sets out Thames Water’s plans for providing services for the medium and the longer term, but will also invite customers and stakeholders to have their say and influence the way they receive water services in the future.

"This document sets out what we think the future holds and how it will affect the decisions we make and the actions we take into the future,” said Thames Water chief executive David Owens.

“This is the first consultation we have held on our long term strategy, and we want as many of our 13.5M customers as possible to get involved, as the decisions we make now will affect all of us for generations to come,” he added.

The strategy paper’s launch coincides with a period of public consultation lasting for five weeks.

Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation can register via the website at: www.thameswaterconsult.co.uk

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