26 – 28 October 2011

ICC Birmingham, United Kingdom

John Gilbert

Head of Energy and Carbon Management - Thames Water

John, was appointed Head of Carbon Management in October 2007. His responsibilities include the purchase of Thames Waters Energy and the subsequent management of the company's Greenhouse Gas emissions. John, a Professional Engineer has held a variety of senior roles within the water industry including Operational Management, Capital Delivery and Water Metering.

In John's current role, he has led a Team responsible for reducing Thames Waters GHG emissions by 60,000 tonnes CO2 e over the past 3 years, resulting in Thames Water being the first UK Utility to be accredited by the Carbon Trust with the Carbon Standard.

Thames Water’ efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions have been recognised by case studies undertaken by the Environment Agency and an industrial best practice guide published by Ofwat. Over the past twelve months John has overseen the continued development of Thames Water’s renewable portfolio. This has included commissioning the UK’s first renewable Bio-gas to Grid plant and installing 3 MegaWatts of Photovoltaic generation, making Thames Water the largest generator of renewable power for self use within the M25 boundary.    


Case Studies: Thames Water - The UK’s Largest Onsite Solar Power Producer

This presentation will provide the audience with a background to Thames Water, the UK’s largest water company. Why Thames is a major energy user and how the impact of climate change and volatile energy prices has led it to establish an ambitious target of reducing the company’s Greenhouse Gas emissions by 20% by 2015 when compared against its 1990 levels.

The company already has a wide portfolio of renewable and low carbon generation projects. The presentation will discuss how the deployment of PV has been used as part of the company’s energy and carbon strategy.  How large scale PV has been, and future small scale PV will be, used to exploit the company’s existing assets for the benefit of our customers and the environment.

The presentation will then look towards what future untapped opportunities exist for the deployment of PV for water companies. How the long-term nature of water companies, their large asset base and demand for energy can de-risk future investment.

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