The National Debate on Resilience in the Water Sector is a new event hosted by Cranfield University and organised by the new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe).
The WIRe CDT is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and its aim is to nurture a new generation of research leaders to provide the multi-disciplinary, disruptive thinking to enhance the resilience of new and existing water infrastructure.
The National Debate on Resilience in the Water Sector aims to bring together professionals active in the UK water sector to stimulate a nationwide discussion and encourage networking and collaboration to deliver a resilient water infrastructure.
The topic of this first National Debate is: 'Achieving net-zero carbon emissions in the water industry by 2030'.
The global emergency on containing greenhouse emissions to limit the effects of climate change is pushing small and large organisations and businesses to re-think the way they operate to limit their environmental impacts and achieve the targets Governments have imposed or the pledges they have made to their customers. The UK water sector is not immune to this emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 (2040 for Scottish Water).
Forcing changes on the way the UK water sector has traditionally operated can be an opportunity to introduce innovation and embrace a transformational move towards a sustainable future but can also threaten the stability of areas of the business or of the society less prone to change.
The question for the debate will be: how can the UK water sector meet its net-zero carbon emission targets?
Speakers include leading professionals from consultancies, leading water companies and trade organisations.