As detailed in the WPD Business Plan our environmental outputs cover four key operational aspects of the business, all of which have a potential impact on the environment, our customers and the future sustainability of our company:
Reduce technical network losses
- Install oversize transformers when replacing assets at highly loaded locations.
- Use larger sized cables when installing new network in LCT hotspots.
Reduce the carbon footprint of the business
- Ensure all replacement vehicles have lower CO2 emissions than those they are replacing.
- Ensure all new or substantially refurbished buildings meet, as a minimum, the ‘excellent’ standard under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).
- Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 20% over the first two years of RIIO-ED1 and 5% per annum thereafter.
Reduce the environmental risk of leaks from equipment
- Reduce by 75% the volume of oil lost through leaks from oil filled cables.
- Reduce by 17% the volume of SF6 gas that is lost from switchgear.
- Install effective oil containment ‘bunds’ around plant containing high volumes of oil.
Improve visual amenity in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
- Underground 55km of overhead lines in National Parks and AONBs.
DECC and Defra Rural Community Energy Fund
The Rural Community Energy Fund is specifically targeted at helping rural communities access the money needed to carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects and fund the cost associated with applying for planning permission. It is intended that projects will then be able to attract private finance to pay for renewable energy kit and get projects up and running.
For further information and an application please click here to see the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) website who are delivering the fund on behalf of DECC and Defra.
Climate change adaptation
Current and future climate change presents a major challenge for all distribution network operators. The impact of both extreme weather events and gradual climate change directly affects Western Power Distribution’s business objective of providing a safe, reliable and efficient electricity supply to our customers. In response to requirements set by DEFRA and the Climate Change Act 2008 WPD have produced Western Power Distribution Adaptation to Climate Change Report:
Please click here to view the June 2011 Report.
Please click here to view the May 2015 Report.