Now in its 16 year, the event was hosted by Baroness Brown of Cambridge. Baroness Brown is chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Committee. We were also privileged to have David Black, CEO of Ofwat, as our keynote speaker who outlined his expectations for the water sector.
Brown warned that the water sector is unprepared for climate change – which is happening right now. She said, “Last summer showed us that we are not adequately prepared. When we got 40-plus° temperatures in the UK we had record deaths, wildfires, droughts and infrastructure disruption, and that will get worse.”
With a very fitting theme of ‘harnessing collaboration to enable innovation’, it’s clear we all have a role to play. We’ll need energy, and commitment to do things differently. We’re facing some major challenges as we join forces in our field to:
- Lessen the causes of climate change
- Adjust and build resilience to its effects
- Protect our environment for the better.
We are proud members of British Water and look forward to attending their events throughout the year.