The National debate on resilience in the water sector is a new event hosted by Cranfield University and organised by the 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 brought 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 the first National Debate was: '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 was: how can the UK water sector meet its net-zero carbon emission targets?

Recording of the event and presentations

A recording of the event can be found and viewed here
Access Passcode: %ejnQS#7

Keynote speaker presentations

Sophie Broadfield - Deputy Director - Water Services, Defra.
The Government role in delivering net zero across the water industry.

Samuel Larsen, Programme Lead, Water UK
Routemap 2030: unlocking a net zero carbon future.

Dr Mark Williams, Head of Sustainability and Climate Change, Scottish Water
Delivering net zero emission operations and investment.

David Riley - Head of Carbon Neutrality, Anglian Water
Anglian Water journey to net zero carbon 2030.

Siraj Tahir - Senior Engineer - Circular Water Economy Lead, ARUP
Circular economy as an approach to achieving water resilience.

The first national debate on resilience in the water sector was chaired by Tony Rachwal - Independent Water Innovation Consultant.

Debate panellists included the keynote speakers and additional speakers.
Charles Purkess - Business Development Manager, ITM Power Plc
Dougal Driver - Chief Executive, Grown in Britain
Maria Manidaki - Principal Water Investment Planning Advisor/Net-Zero Practice Lead, Mott MacDonald
Professor Bruce Jefferson - Professor of Water Engineering, Cranfield University

Who should attend

Professionals, politicians, civil servants, academics, members of the public active or interested in the UK water sector or related areas.