WWT’s 7th annual Sustainable Water conference was held on Tuesday 18th September at the Birmingham conference centre.

Delegates from both Stonbury and Kingcombe Stonbury were pleased to attend the conference, alongside representatives from BASF, who Stonbury shared an exhibition stand with outside of the main hall for delegates to browse through during breaks and across lunchtime.

The event was extremely informative and covered a wide range of topics around sustainability and how all involved in the water industry can play a part in securing the environment for future generations.

A representative from Defra presented the first lecture who gave an insight into the Governments 25-year plan to improve the environment with the ultimate goal to have zero avoidable plastic waste as a nation by 2042. On the basis that is perceived that ‘a healthy environment promotes a healthy economy’ as part of the initiative, next year will see a campaign under the title ‘#iwill – 2019 year for action for the environment’ of which no doubt more visibility from the Government will become clear over the coming months.

More specific topics relating to the water industry were addressed through a number of speeches covering ‘long-term sustainability through partnership working’ to ‘putting sustainability at the heart of decision making and ‘preparing to meet the government's expectations – a water industry perspective’

All round the whole day provided a host of information that Stonbury can analyse and use within our collaborative partners to not only ensure we safeguard the nations drinking water supply, but look at what additional benefits we can contribute to the environment and community in the course of our business.