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Executive summary

WPD's Environment and Innovation Report aims to provide all of our stakeholders with a transparent and public account of our environmental and innovation performance over the last twelve months.

We will use this report to provide an all-inclusive overview that includes clear justification for our actions and the benefits to our customers.

Reducing our impact on the environment and embracing the increase in low carbon technologies is one of our key RIIO-ED1 outputs. To this end throughout 2020-21 we have achieved the following improvements:


Environmental highlights

  • Publication of the WPD Environment Strategy and our plans for RIIO-ED2
  • Zero waste to landfill achieved in three WPD licence areas
  • Continued reduction in our Business Carbon Footprint
  • Reduction in fluid filled cable losses and SF6 leaks across the business
  • Successfully maintaining our ISO14001 certification and responsible environmental management throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Innovation highlights

  • 26 Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) projects delivered
  • 23 organisations took part in our first ever communities and consumer vulnerability NIA call for ideas
  • 30,805 hits on our website
  • £30m+ invested in NIA projects to data
  • 78 project partners and suppliers on our NIA projects

Challenges

  • Continue to improve and progress in our RIIO-ED1 business environmental outputs – specifically reducing fluid filled cable leaks and SF6 emissions
  • Continue to identify and remove PCB contaminated equipment across the UK distribution network
  • Maintain and improve our environmental performance and compliance record with the environmental regulators
  • Investment in the development of alternatives to SF6

Protected landscapes

We operate 90,000km of overhead lines predominantly in rural locations.

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Oil leakage

Older styles of electricity cables contain oil to improve their insulation properties and to enhance cooling.

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Carbon impact and climate change

We are committed to the protection of the environment and ensuring that all of our operational activities have minimal impact upon it.

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Opportunities

During our RIIO-ED1 business plan, we have committed to achieve multiple environmental improvements (outputs) throughout our business.

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Waste Initiatives

We are managing our waste better in terms of the waste hierarchy and the percentage of this waste which has been disposed to landfill has significantly reduced.

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Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6)

A gas which is used throughout our industry as an insulating medium in switchgear, SF6 provides many tangible benefits however it is a potent greenhouse gas.

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Environmental Management

Since 2015 we have been certified to ISO14001, the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS), across all four of our licence areas.

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Environment and Innovation Report

Our Environment and Innovation Report aims to provide all of our stakeholders with a transparent and public account of our environmental and innovation performance over the last twelve months.

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Environment Strategy

In line with our values, feedback received from our stakeholders and our current RIIO-ED2 Business Plan, this Strategy details our business aspirations and our ambitions in becoming a net zero carbon organisation, and ensuring we are environmentally responsible.

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