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Douglas Millican COP


01-12 November 2021

We are proud to be participating in COP26 in Glasgow during November 2021.

As Scotland’s public water and waste water provider, a healthy environment is vital to the delivery of our services – providing 1.5 billion litres of water to customers’ taps and removing, treating and recycling waste water.

Protecting and enhancing the environment is a priority for us.

To reduce our impact on the environment, we are working towards being Net Zero by 2040 – five years ahead of Scotland’s national targets. We’re doing this by transforming how we deliver our key services.

As well as reducing our own emissions, we work with a wide range of partners in contributing to wider reductions.

Scotland’s net zero ambitions, and our approach to being a Hydro Nation, will play a part in the global move to sustainability and benefit future generations.

Find out more about COP26 here:

COP26 Events

  • Hydro Nation Virtual Water Pavilion - The Hydro Nation Virtual Water Pavillion will feature a Scottish Water virtual room showcasing our Net Zero Routemap. There will be an introductory video from our Chief Executive, Douglas Millican, alongside four other videos on Operational Emissions, Investment Emissions, Carbon Capture and Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Work. As well as viewing these within the virtual room, you can view these at the bottom of this page.

Net Zero Routemap

Transforming Scotland's water services to deliver net zero emissions by 2040 and beyond

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Our Future Together

Transforming Scotland's water services to deliver net zero emissions by 2040 and beyond

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ACM 2021

Hear our Chief Executive Douglas Millican talk about our plans for Net Zero as part of this year’s ACM online update

  • NatureScot Exhibit - 'Scottish Bonsal Landscape' exhibit will be the centrepiece of the main COP26 plenary rooms in the blue zone. 
  • Water UK – Douglas Millican, our Chief Executive, participated as a panel member in a Water UK green zone event on November 2 - "Unlocking the nature/net zero balance'. This was a panel discussion exploring the twin challenge of tackling climate change while preserving and enhancing our natural environment. You can view the session here
  • Scottish Canals - We're delighted to be participating in an event hosted by Scottish Canals to highlight the innovative use of waterways to deal with rainwater and support regeneration in communities. Sign up here.
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