IWEX Conference, Birmingham, 1 May 2007
It’s no exaggeration to say that the water industry is passionate about sustainability. And it’s easy to see why.
Water companies can’t focus just on consumers or just on investors or just on the environment. If we tried to meet the needs of these different stakeholders separately we would be doomed to failure.
We must have an integrated picture of where we’re going. For example we’ll never minimise the importance of protecting and enhancing the environment. But we must, and will, see green issues in a broad perspective.
Today I want to show how sustainability demands working partnerships – it just won’t happen without collaboration.
Then I’ll look at the importance of regulation in creating the conditions in which partnerships can flourish. We’re probably the most tightly regulated sector of all so regulators have a crucial part to play.
Finally I’ll give you some examples of how we’re putting partnership into practice in the framework of Water UK’s long-term vision for the industry...