Responding to the 2020 Budget announcement, Christine McGourty, Water UK chief executive, said:
“We are delighted that the Government has recognised the importance of peatland restoration and tree-planting, areas where water companies are already very active as we work towards our own target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030. We’ve also been calling for people who pollute our natural world to be held accountable for cleaning it up, so it’s a positive move to see the Government widen producer responsibility.
“We are asking the Government to go further however and make it easier for customers to cut water use in businesses and in the home. Mandatory water efficiency labelling of appliances would make a big difference if included in the Environment Bill.”