As businesses take up the challenge of reaching net zero over the coming years, much of their focus will be on reducing carbon emissions. But with shifting climate patterns and the need for better resources management, they should not overlook the importance of water management.
According to the UK’s Met Office, climate change over the coming decades in the UK is likely to lead to:
- warmer and wetter winters
- hotter and drier summers
- more frequent and intense weather extremes
While the trend might be for drier summers, the Met Office is keen to point out that this doesn’t necessarily mean less rain. In fact, scientists project the intensity of rain – so how heavy rainfall is when it occurs – will increase. In the summer, this could rise by up to 20% and, in winter, up to 25%.
As the UK and its infrastructure adapt to these shifting rainfall patterns, businesses can revaluate how they manage the water they use.