The British Standards Institution (BSI) has been approved for approval standards by Scotland’s state-owned water and wastewater services body.
BSI assessors reviewed energy efficiency initiatives in Scottish Water, quality output in water and wastewater collection and how electricity is used at the offices – including LED lighting and electric car charging points. To achieve certification.
BSI management Andrew Launn, chief operating officer of Scottish Water, Peter Farrer, said he approved the certificate: “This can help us systematically reduce energy use which has an obvious and tangible link to our ambition to go beyond net-zero emissions by 2040.
“I’m delighted to receive this on behalf of everyone who is involved in managing energy in Scottish Water. We will maximize on this to help us meet our emissions target.”
The ISO 50001:2018 certification provides proof that Scottish Water’s approach to energy management drives performance in reducing emissions and efficiently delivering services to customers.
Colin Duguid, of the Lean Management Systems department – who works to improve the system together with colleagues around Scottish Water, added: “Achieving this standard demonstrates we are managing energy use effectively, reducing emissions, and working to meet environmental targets.
“We developed an Energy Management Standard over the last couple of years, working with wastewater and water operations, wastewater energy efficiency as well as the energy and property maintenance teams.
“It initially looked at the top 10 energy-consuming wastewater treatment works, as a pilot, and now covers 90% of our energy use across Scottish Water – including energy sources, energy purchasing, billing, and consumption.”
The Scottish Water Agreement and the SEPA pledge to develop, test and then (with partners) provide innovative ways to achieve:
Managing the disposal of rainwater and wastewater to help protect the health of Scotland’s towns and cities in a changing climate.
To produce wealth and not waste, optimizing the recycling and reuse of energy in a circular economy from the sewage of Scotland.
Choose how to invest in protecting Scottish water quality, which reduces energy use and use of resources to a minimum and maximizes social and economic advantage in the future.