Scottish Water Sustainability Report 2016

Published in November, Scottish Water’s Sustainability Report for 2016 showed that the organisation generated enough renewable energy last year to power 11,200 homes.

Key messages from the Sustainability Report include

- Scottish Water green schemes generated 37GWh of electricity - roughly enough to power households in either Ayr, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Coatbridge, Greenock or Perth.

- A reduction in carbon emissions was recorded - down 3.5% since last year and 16 % overall since 2006/07.

- Projects highlighted included a food waste recycling plant near Cumbernauld that generates bio-gas from food waste, and a pioneering technology that uses waste water to provide 95% of the heat used at Borders College in Galashiels. Both projects are run by Scottish Water Horizons, the utility’s commercial subsidiary.


Scottish Water has recently secured a £9m deal to boost its existing 24 solar sites. The organisation has 25 sites with hydro turbines and 18 wind-powered sites.

The projects form part of a six-year investment plan worth £3.5 billion to improve drinking water quality, enhance the environment and support the Scottish economy.

Chris Toop, general manager for Scottish Water’s energy programme, said the efforts also help make services resilient and keep customer costs down to an average of less than £1 per day. He said:

“These investments help to reduce the long-term cost of providing vital water and wastewater services to customers. The benefit from our whole energy programme now exceeds £6m annually and we have ambition to do more.”

23 November 2016


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