Paul Hickey’s Q&A Response

Ahead of our WWT Water Security in a Changing Environment 2020 we asked Paul Hickey, Managing director at RAPID the below questions, see what he had to say…

Q. You are speaking at the WWT Water Security in a Changing Environment 2020 Conference, what can the audience expect to learn from your contribution?
I will cover the water resource resilience challenge, RAPID (the regulatory partnership between Ofwat, Environment Agency and Drinking Water Inspectorate) and our work plan in support of the strategic supply schemes

Q. How is the industry responding to the climate crisis? What more needs to be done?
The sector has shown leadership setting a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as part of the sector wide public interest commitments. On the adaptation side there is a focus on resilience part of which requires a step change in water use. Achieving the behavioural shift alongside the reductions in leakage will require innovation and learning from international best practice.

Q. Which industry developments in the environmental space are you most excited about at the moment?
The collaboration and intent behind the regional planning groups is really positive to see – as they mature we need to think how we ensure these become inclusive of wider stakeholders. Water Resource East has been progressive in this regard.

Q. What are you most looking forward to hearing about at the event?
I hope this will become a regular feature in the same way the wastewater event has grown, so am most interested in the ideas generated for on-going exploration.