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Anglian Water launches whole life carbon approach

  • Anglian Water launches whole life carbon approach

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Anglian Water
There are more than 4,500 of us here at Anglian Water and we’re putting water at the heart of a whole new way of living.


Anglian Water has successfully developed a whole life carbon and cost in design concept, having been granted funding under the Ofwat Innovation Fund.

The project, Enabling Whole Life Carbon in Design, will lead the sector in putting carbon at the heart of both design and governance decision-making processes and on an equal footing with cost. It has been led by Anglian Water alongside Affinity Water and Welsh Water with supporting partners @one Alliance, Skanska and Sweco.

Unchecked carbon emissions are one of the most important factors of climate change worldwide. Enabling Whole Life Carbon in Design provides the tools and processes required to support the cultural and behavioural changes necessary to deliver low whole life carbon and cost investments and, ultimately, zero carbon emissions.

The project aims to empower the sector to move from purely capital and operational carbon accounting - the measurement of capital and operational carbon footprints - to true whole life carbon cost management. This approach will deliver time, cost, energy and carbon savings throughout a project’s lifecycle, and support the sector in delivering benefits for the environment and its customers.

Anglian Water has announced an online introductory webinar on 4 October 2023, where it will present the project to the wider sector. This will be followed by three technical online workshops on 7, 14 and 21 November 2023, all providing details on the components needed for organisational implementation.

Project lead Laura Taylor, Innovation Project Manager, @one Alliance, said, “We are delighted to share our methodology and database template with the rest of the UK water industry and its wider value chain, to enable clear decisions regarding carbon reduction based on data insights and visualisations.

“We welcome all stakeholders involved in carbon accounting or carbon reduction to attend our launch webinar. Our playbook and carbon accounting tool is applicable not only to the UK water sector, but internationally too.

“The methodology, tools and processes that have been developed can be tailored to any part of the built environment sector and any project, irrespective of size.”

Register here for the launch of the Whole Life Carbon webinar, and to stay up to date with future workshops and communications around the project

Enabling Whole Life Carbon in Design is supported by Spring Innovation through its enhanced knowledge transfer service. The service supports large-scale project teams by sharing and disseminating findings through its far-reaching collaborative network.

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