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Water Companies: Carbon Emissions

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what powers he has to direct Ofwat to direct water companies to adopt carbon dioxide emission reduction measures; (257733)

(2) what steps his Department is taking to promote the adoption of carbon dioxide emission reduction programmes by water supply companies.

Ofwat sets out how it is taking into account the impact of climate change for the 2009 price review in its documents “Setting Price Limits for 2010 to 2015: Framework and approach” and “Capital Expenditure for 2010 to 2015: Ofwat’s views on companies’ draft business plans”. These documents are available on the Ofwat website.

The Secretary of State has no powers to direct Ofwat to direct water companies. However, guidance issued by the Secretary of State to Ofwat in 2000 states that

“companies’ charges schemes should take proper account of the impact of the use of water services on the environment”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of water companies and the construction sector to discuss major infrastructure projects and carbon dioxide emission reductions. (257734)

The Secretary of State and myself are in the process of arranging a meeting with water company chief executives to discuss a range of water issues.