Water as a resource - the Water Company - Peter Simpson, MD, Anglian Water

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Water as a resource - the Water Company - Peter Simpson, MD, Anglian Water

  1. 1. Business in the new world Becoming a 21st Century watercompany PeterSimpson Managing Director, Anglian Water Landscapes forLife 2013: National Association of AONBs
  2. 2. Demand forelectricity could double by 2050; Riskof energy gap equivalent to total energy market in 2000 Global trends driving change Demand forwaterwill increase by 30% by 2030, Population over7 billion and growing – to 9 billion Increasing global economic development grows consumption; especially in China, India and Brazil Economic volatility and uncertainty Businesses increasingly hold the levers of change (rapidly changing technology) By 2050 we will be using 2.3 planet’s worth of resources In the next 40 years we will need to produce as much food as in all of history up to now
  3. 3. Global trends, but local impacts April - September2012: Anglian area received 153% of the long-term average rainfall following record drought. Our population to grow by 20% by 2040 New Anglia Green Economy Pathfinder – transitioning to a low carbon economy 18 months to March 2012 – the driest ever recorded 75,000 ha of high- quality horticultural and arable land is likely to be flooded at least once every 3 years by the 2050s The UKClimate Projections suggest climate will cause sea levels to rise between 20cmand 69cm by the 2080’s. Total energy resource potential of east of England is 264% of predicted 2020 energy demand Average annual cost to businesses of disruption due to flooding: £26 million - £72 million by 2050s.
  4. 4. Ourresponse: re-defining what it means to be a 21st Century watercompany
  5. 5. How do we do it? New ways of working Clouds Innovating, looking beyond the normforsolutions Crowds Achieving ourgoals with new collaborations and joined up thinking Customers Involving consumers in groundbreaking behavioural change campaigns “the real magic of discovery lies not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
  6. 6. Clouds…
  7. 7. Crowds…
  8. 8. Customers…
  9. 9. It’s a long termjourney It’s becoming part of everything we do Where next?
  10. 10. Completing the watercycle - taking the ‘waste’ out of wastewater
  11. 11. Perception = reality
  12. 12. 2040 – big challenges ahead 1 Ml/d = 1 million litres of waterper day 1 Ml/d = supply for~3,000 houses perday 125 Ml/d increase in demand and target headroom requirements 79 Ml/d confirmed and likely sustainability reductions 50 Ml/d of climate change impact But in the worst case… 220 Ml/d increase in demand and target headroom requirements 172 Ml/d of unknown sustainability reductions 147 Ml/d climate change impact
  13. 13. Solutions on the horizon?
  14. 14. Our 25 year plan in a nutshell
  15. 15. With yourhelp we will keep innovating, collaborating and transforming: new outcomes and new goals Make a positive difference to the communities we serve Pioneer responsible water stewardship Lead and champion the effective management of the impact of growth & climate change in our region
  16. 16. To consider… Innovating  ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.’  Which of your tried and tested practices, behaviours, or operations are worth revisiting? Collaborating  ‘If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’  What partnerships can you strike up to enable better management, conservation and sharing of water resources? Transforming  ‘An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.’  What practical action can you take to reduce your impacts on the water in your catchment?

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