Ofwat defends its green record against lobbyists' report
Sunday 31 January 2010
A row has broken out between the water regulator Ofwat and Aldersgate, an environmental lobby group, over the findings of a green report looking at how government and industry can use natural resources more efficiently.
The report, to be published tomorrow, is critical of regulators and claims that Ofwat has "rejected calls from the Environment Agency" for a reduction in water loss due to leaks. But Ofwat, which is singled out for criticism, has hit back at the report, Beyond Carbon. It denies claims in the report, arguing that the authors have fundamentally "misunderstood the work of the regulator," adding: "Ofwat is well ahead of the curve in these areas.
The authors recommend that the regulator's remit be simplified to avoid conflicting targets. They give the emissions, produced while treating waste water for re-use, as an example of the the regulator's confused green objectives.
However, the Ofwat spokesman pointed to its recent climate change policy statement as an example of its commitment to conserving resources.
An Aldersgate spokesman defended the report: "An important part of the report is the call for reform of the regulators. We need more regulation, but smarter regulation."
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
iJobs Money & Business
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£45,000 - £55,000: Neil Pavier: Are you looking for your next opportunity for ...
£45,000 - £55,000: Sheridan Maine: Are you a newly qualified ACA/ACCA/ACMA qua...
£50,000 - £60,000: Laura Norton: Are you looking for an opportunity within a w...