The environment agency for England and Wales has proposed strategies for reducing the impact of the water framework directive on carbon emissions. Increased wastewater treatment in the UK could increase CO2 by 110,000 tonnes a year, it says.
This is a small 2.2% increase compared to the UK industry's carbon footprint of 5 million tonnes a year, the agency says. But at local level emissions from wastewater treatment plants requiring upgrades to meet WFD objectives could more than double.
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