Environmental Management

The majority of Kelda companies operate an Environmental Management System (EMS) certified to the international standard ISO14001. We use these management systems to identify and  manage environmental risk and opportunities for efficiency.

Kelda’s top level commitment to environmental performance can be found in our Environmental Policy.

For more information on Yorkshire Water’s EMS please follow this link

For more information on KWS Defence EMS please follow this link

Environmental Investment

Kelda Group is committed to investing in the environment. We believe that sustainable operations are those that drive efficient resource use and provide a healthy environment. As a company we strive to act as responsible stewards of the environment and commit to continual improvement.

For details of Yorkshire Water’s investment in the environment follow this link

For details on KWS investments in renewable energy follow this link

For details of other KWS environmental investments follow this link

Working in the Community

The Kelda Group actively supports employee volunteering, and many of the projects offered to colleagues enable the development of the natural and built environment. This has been achieved by offering a wide range of projects for colleagues to get involved in and through partnership working with the RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and The Canal & Rivers Trust.

Working with our Partners

We seek to use environmentally responsible suppliers and contract partners and to work with them to encourage environmental improvements.

Many of Kelda Group activities are carried out in conjunction with contractors, meaning that they play a critical role in the company's environmental performance. We therefore work particularly closely with our biggest contractors in a partnership approach, rather than just a contractor and client relationship.

In line with our strategic business objectives we must consider the economic, social and environmental sustainable factors in the goods and services we procure. The sustainable supply chain policy demonstrates our commitment to achieving this.


Working with our key stakeholders

Our Environmental Stakeholders

Yorkshire Water’s Environmental Advisory Panel is an independent panel of 28 organisations including Natural England, the Environment Agency, Canal & Rivers Trust, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the Rivers Trusts from across region and the National Farmers Union.  Its role has been to support the company in developing our understanding of environmental issues and drive informed and balanced policy making, as well as building relationships with key local and regional environmental stakeholders and sharing best practise.

The Environmental Advisory Panel has played a key role in developing Yorkshire Water’s programme of environmental schemes in AMP6 (2015-2020) and shaping the biodiversity investment programme in particular.

We are looking at the creation of delivery partnerships as well as sharing research with NGOs and Natural England and the sporting community to create one vision for the uplands. In upland restoration we are part of two substantial EU Life bids where the company has signed up as a co-founder with the Yorkshire Peat Partnership and Moors to the Future. We are also in discussion with the developing catchment partnerships within Yorkshire.

We are also a member of the Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum, which is tackling invasive species across the Yorkshire Region in a strategic, catchment based approach.

We also offer a range of support to a wide variety of environmental organisations through three key routes:

Our Regulators and the Industry

Kelda Group engages with all of its regulators on a more formal level, from regulated annual reporting to quadripartite meetings and engagement with the Customer Forum.  Our regulators include Ofwat, Environment Agency, Drinking Water Inspectorate, Natural England and CC Water. Engagement with all of these parties is key to our business and it led to their formal support of our business plan submitted to Ofwat in December 2013.

In addition we work in partnership with a number of organisations to protect and improve the environment, offering help and advice to share environmental best practice.  We are an active member and support a number of national and regional environmental groups.  Some of these groups are listed below:


- Water UK Sustainability Group

- Water UK Energy Managers Forum

- Water UK Climate Change Focus Group

- Water UK Waste and recycling Network


- WFD Humber Basin Liaison Panel

- Yorkshire & Humber Climate Change Forum

- Yorkshire & Humber Biodiversity Forum