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Greater Brighton seeks innovative ways to keep water and power supplies resilient

Released: Monday, 17 September 2018

Recycling water, reducing carbon emissions to zero, promoting electric vehicles and planning ingenious drainage schemes to help prevent flooding are just some of the ideas now being examined by a unique partnership in Greater Brighton.

Working groups are set to deliver proposals to support sustainable economic development across the Greater Brighton region. With ever-increasing pressure on natural resources in a densely populated part of the UK the need to produce robust plans for the delivery of water and energy is vital.

Under the umbrella of the Greater Brighton region, an Infrastructure Panel brings together experts to discuss and promote new cutting-edge ways of maintaining supplies.

The panel's chairman, Chief Executive of Southern Water, Ian McAulay said:

“We need to make sure we build a resilient future for water and energy to allow us to continue grow the economy here in the South East.”

Two working groups, on energy and water, have been tasked to report back in January with proposals for new methods to cut use, reduce emissions while also keeping bills down for consumers.

The working group on water has set itself a target to examine measures that will bring average daily water use per person in Greater Brighton down from 130 litres to 80 litres a day by 2050.

On energy the group is looking at measures that might achieve a zero carbon and smart energy system using innovative technologies by the same date.

At a meeting of the Panel this week members heard that progress was being made across the country to conserve energy supplies and use them more efficiently.

Already the country was producing 30 per cent of its energy from renewable sources, sales of electric cars were predicted to be in their millions by 2030 and smart technologies were already able to shift power supplies to where they were most needed as a region's needs changed throughout the day.

Mr McAulay highlighted a new approach to water recycling being developed by Southern Water. He said:

“Conventionally we've had waste water treatment works, we're now turning that on its head by creating community resource hubs which are open to the public and will generate increased amounts of energy which can be fed back into the community.”

Representatives from companies such as Ricardo and IBM, Universities of Sussex and Brighton, and bodies like the Environment Agency and UK Power Networks have joined the Greater Brighton Panel under Mr McAulay's chairmanship.

Video: Energy and Resiliance in the Greater Brighton Region

See also: Greater Brighton website

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