New partnership between Scottish water and environment boards aims to tackle country’s renewable heat and power needs

Douglas Millican (left, chief executive, Scottish Water), Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham, and Terry A’Hearn (chief executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency) sign the new partnership
Douglas Millican (left, chief executive, Scottish Water), Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham, and Terry A’Hearn (chief executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency) sign the new partnership

Scotland’s sewage and solid organic waste can make a contribution to the country’s heat and power needs and contribute to further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, according to experts from Scottish Water and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

These findings –  contained in a forthcoming report from Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Water –  will be used as part of a new partnership announced by Scottish Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham.

Under the agreement, SEPA and Scottish Water have pledged to develop, trial and then seek to deliver, innovative ways of:

  • Managing rainwater and waste water drainage to help protect the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Scotland’s towns and cities in a changing climate.
  • Helping generate wealth not waste by maximising the recovery of resources from Scotland’s sewage and cycling them back into a circular economy.
  • Making choices about how to invest in protecting the quality of Scotland’s water environment that minimise energy and resource use and maximise social and economic benefit now and for the future.

The agreement builds on the organisation’s work to recycle over 115 thousand tonnes of organic material from waste water for use as a fuel, soil conditioner or fertiliser.

The partnership will contribute to the Scottish Energy Strategy core objective of decarbonisation of energy by 2050, and will also help towards achieving the carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050 set out in the Scot-Govt Climate Change Plan.

22 Jun 2018

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