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Waterscan Contributes to Net Zero Discussions

Waterscan’s Rebecca Gale joined speakers from Water UK, Waterwise, the Consumer Council for Water and water market operator MOSL for the Major Energy Users’ Council spring policy session.

The Major Energy Users’ Council (MEUC) supports major energy and water using companies in industry, commerce and the public sector, buying, managing, understanding and reducing energy, carbon and water costs and consumption. It is a forum to discuss best practice, understand relevant challenges and solutions, gain insight and provide input into both policy and regulatory direction at a national and international level.

The event explored the fact that cutting water consumption and water waste is not as obvious a route to meeting corporate carbon goals as using less energy or switching to electric vehicles, but it could make a valuable contribution. Discussions focused on what the water sector is doing to support the wider net zero transition and how large water users might play a part.

As a highly experienced Account Director at Waterscan, Rebecca works with corporate water customers to help them reduce water consumption and enhance operational resilience, ultimately building climate resilience. She highlighted examples of the positive role that her customers are playing in the context of the water market which now offers choice and control over water in the same way as other utilities and becoming industry leaders.

Key areas covered were how to reduce demand, which technology can offer the biggest wins, understanding where water-related risks lie both geographically and by type, the rising importance of disclosure on water and how a data-driven approach accelerates progress on all these fronts.

Reflecting on the meeting, Rebecca noted: “I was delighted to be asked to speak at this event. The fact that the MEUC has dedicated its spring policy session to water is a major step forward in acknowledging that water cannot and must not sit separately from other utilities if we are to successfully transition the UK to a net zero economy. I look forward to progressing these conversations in the future.”