While water is an important source of renewable energy through hydro-electric schemes throughout Scotland, drinking water and sewage services have a considerable carbon footprint. Scottish Water, which provides these services, has a continuing programme to reduce carbon emissions from its drinking water and waste water transport and treatment processes.
With changes in the climate comes increased frequency and scale of flooding. This is a significant risk to Scotland’s infrastructure. In parallel, drier, warmer summers could bring drought, impacting economic activity and health and wellbeing. More intense rainfall events will impact river and bathing water quality, and potentially human health as pollution is washed into water courses and coastal waters.
ClimateXChange works closely with CREW – the Centre of Expertise for Waters, on all issues relating to climate change and water.