Thursday 26 November 2009
WELCOME FOR STRONGER CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS FOR WATER INDUSTRY
Climate change campaigners today welcomed moves to ensure Scotland's
water industry contributes more to the country's world leading
greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is pleased that the Scottish
Government and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland have
moved to make climate change a higher priority in Scottish Water's
objectives and investment plan.
This follows criticism from SCCS and pressure from members of
the Scottish Parliament's Transport Infrastructure and Climate
Mike Robinson, Chair of the SCCS coalition, said: "We strongly
welcome the fact that climate change objectives for Scottish Water
have now been moved from priority two to priority one, as priority
two objectives were unlikely to be funded.
"At this crucial time in tackling global warming, it is important
that public bodies such as Scottish Water help lead the way in
protecting the planet and contributing to the important Scottish
targets of reducing emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050."
Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, UNISON, said: "As one of the
biggest electricity consumers, Scottish Water has the potential
to make huge savings in energy costs.
"Work on tackling leaks will help reduce electricity consumption
and was already properly being prioritised, but it is right that
Scottish Water's objectives now reflect the new climate change
duties on public bodies which will come into force in January
"All public bodies should be looking now at how they will ensure
they comply with the new duties."
Lloyd Austin, Head of Policy at RSPB Scotland, said: "We are
pleased that today's Final Determination from the Water Industry
Commission for Scotland has taken account of concerns raised by
SCCS and others and now has a stronger focus on the importance
of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures."