Protect and enhance the natural environment and the services it provides.
For us the natural environment covers everything in the landscape around us: the rivers and streams, lakes and seas and the open countryside that provide habitats for wildlife and the natural support systems human beings depend on.
To deliver our duty as a public authority under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 we work to protect and enhance the natural environment. We are currently transitioning to a Net Gain target for biodiversity in the delivery of our capital programme and across our landholdings.
Following the launch of the Government’s Natural Environment White Paper in June 2011, outlining their vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years, we have developed a UU Natural Environment Strategy.
Our strategy commits us to:
- aim to comply with all national and international natural environment legislation, either directly or through our contractors / partners
- integrate the management of the natural environment into business as usual activities
- communicate, share and embed where possible best practice across UU employees, partners and contractors
- work with partners and stakeholders to actively inform and influence future developments affecting the natural environment and United Utilities, based on sound evidence
The very nature of our business means we are acutely aware of our responsibility to the environment. This is why we are committed to protecting and enhancing habitats and wildlife across our operations to have a positive impact on the natural environment of the North West.