Consultation responses - 2010

December 2010 - Waterwise response to the Environment Agency consultation on the Water Company Drought Plan GuidelineWaterwise welcomes the emphasis on cross-stakeholder communications in the guideline but urges that the range of stakeholders actively engaged be widened, that a consistent approach to measuring estimated water savings from drought plan measures be adopted, and that a post-drought assessment of economic impact become a core drought plan measure.

November 2010 - Waterwise response to Scottish Government consultation on Sustainability Labelling within Building Standards. Waterwise supports the innovative approach to driving water efficiency through aspirational higher levels of Building Standards for new homes in Scotland, but proposes tighter fittings standards and the inclusion of water efficiency in the mandatory Bronze level.

November 2010 - Waterwise Response to Ofgem consultation on administering the CERT extensionWaterwise welcomes the consultation but refutes, as discussed with the water and energy sectors, the issues of additionality and qualifying actions, which it is discussing with government officials, and rejects an artificial maximum of 11 million hot-water-saving devices in favour of tighter evidence of installation.

October 2010 - Waterwise response to Defra Discussion Document on the Natural Environment. Waterwise welcomes Defra’s discussion document on the Natural Environment, and proposes measures to better reflect the full value of water in the natural environment and more widely.

October 2010 - Waterwise response to Defra Call for Evidence for the Review of Ofwat. Waterwise sets out proposals for moving away from spot-pricing of water, towards greater water efficiency, as well as dividends from joint working between sectors.

September 2010 - Waterwise Response to Water Industry Commission for Scotland’s Consultation on Putting customers at the centre of the price review process. Waterwise welcomes the consultation, and makes the case for greater water efficiency in future Scottish price reviews, to tackle climate change and adapt to it.

September 2010 - Defra stakeholder review on proposed ‘Government Buying Standards’ specifications for water using productsWaterwise welcomes the move to mandatory government procurement standards for water-using products, but would like these to reflect the best available technologies on the market.

September 2010 - WRAP model procurement requirements for water efficiencyWaterwise wholeheartedly welcomes the model procurement guidance, which is rigorous yet practical and will help organizations reduce costs and adapt to climate change.

June 2010 - Waterwise response to the proposed update to Defra Green Claims Guidance. Waterwise welcomes the updated guidance, supports the inclusion of third party labelling schemes and highlights the important of water efficiency in green claims.

May 2010 - Waterwise response to CLG Consultation on Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate. Waterwise welcomes the bringing together of mitigation and adaptation in planning, and proposes water neutrality and a tightening of the proposal on adaptation for water-stressed areas.

April 2010 - Waterwise response to the consultation on the Mayor of London’s Adaptation Strategy. Waterwise welcomes the strategy as an example of best practice.

March 2010 - Response from Waterwise and six water companies to DECC consultation on extending CERT to December 2012. Waterwise and six water companies set out proposals to amend CERT to help ensure the full potential of water and energy savings from water efficiency measures is realised.

March 2010 - Waterwise response to Ofwat consultation on its forward programme 2010-11 to 2012-13. Waterwise welcomes the comprehensive approach Ofwat is taking to addressing the long-term challenges of climate change and population growth, and urges that water efficiency play a central role in these plans.

February 2010 - Waterwise response to the CLG consultation on The Code for Sustainable Homes and the Energy Efficiency Standard for Zero Carbon: “Sustainable New Homes – the Road to Zero Carbon”. Waterwise recognises that pressures on the housing market have led to the decision to row back on the mandatory Code Level 3 commitment for all new homes, and to focus on carbon issues only, but urges the government to consult within the next 12 months on reverting to this as soon as possible. Waterwise also urges the government to consult as soon as possible on the review of the water Fittings Regulations, which was due in 2009.

February 2010 - Waterwise response to DECC consultation on Extending the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) to December 2012. Waterwise sets out proposals to change CERT so that the potential carbon savings from hot water efficiency measures are fully realised. Waterwise also sets out related proposals to ensure the potential carbon and water savings from both hot and cold water efficiency measures are fully realised, in the context of government plans and strategies to both mitigate climate change and adapt to it, and to develop the low carbon economy.