Our Environmental Impact

Climate Change

Kelda takes climate change very seriously. We are taking steps to both minimise our contribution to climate change by reducing our emissions (mitigation), and taking steps to prepare for a changing climate and build our resilience to future extremes of weather (adaptation).

The UK is leading the way in global efforts to combat climate change and in 2008 passed the Climate Change Act. This introduced the first legally binding targets to reduce national carbon emissions and also prepared the way for a programme of activity to help adapt our economy, society and environment to a changing climate.

The Climate Change Act enables regulations that require large energy users to report their emissions and also required critical infrastructure providers to report on what risks they face from a changing climate and what steps they are taking to manage these risks.

Find out more about the steps we're taking in response to climate change.

Carbon & Energy

We’re looking to trim our carbon footprint down to size and we’re working hard to deliver energy efficiencies.

Carbon management and energy efficiency is important to Kelda because treating water and waste water is very energy intensive. Kelda Water Services is contributing to efforts to reduce the Kelda Group carbon footprint by seeking out opportunities to develop renewable energy options across the UK, including anaerobic digestion, wind and hydro generation projects.

Yorkshire Water is responsible for the vast majority of Kelda Group's emissions. Making sure we deliver high quality drinking water to customers and return clean wastewater to the environment uses a lot of energy which results in substantial amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Take a look at our carbon management section to see the work we're doing. 

Here you will be able to read about Yorkshire Water's energy efficiency and renewable generation work, and find out how we publicly report our carbon footprint.

Resource & Waste Management

As part of our commitment to consume resources in a responsible way we are implementing the waste hierarchy to reduce, recover, reuse and recycle materials and wastes that we use and produce. We’ve set ourselves a target to divert 98% of our waste away from landfill this year (2017/18) and are aiming for ‘zero waste to landfill’ by 2020.

To find out how Yorkshire Water is contributing to this target please click here

To find out more about how KWS Grampian is leading innovation is waste management click here

Biodiversity & Land Management

The Kelda Group has a responsibility to protect and enhance biodiversity for future generations. Biodiversity simply means the number of species of plants and animals occurring in one place. In general, high biodiversity indicates a healthy system that is undisturbed, that efficiently recycled water, oxygen and carbon, and that contains a thriving community of species.

In the Yorkshire region alone the Kelda Group owns approximately 28000 hectares of land. 12000 hectares of this are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and it includes 17 nature reserves. To read more about Yorkshire Water's flagship site at Tophill Low near Driffield, click here.

Our land in Yorkshire also includes 35 UK priority habitats of national or international importance for conservation, including the largest area of lowland raised peat in England, 52% of the UK's limestone pavement and 28% of the UK's upland heathland.

To read more about biodiversity at Yorkshire Water, including our Biodiversity Action Plan and Biodiversity Strategy, please click here.

To read about how KWS Alpha created a wildlife haven at our Moyola water treatment works in Northern Ireland, please click here. You will also find a case study of how the company worked in partnership with Northern Ireland Water and the Woodland Trust to jointly promote woodland creation.