Anglian Water is the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographic area, supplying safe drinking water and water recycling services to over 7 million customers. Due to a long coastline, low rainfall in a low-lying region, and one of the fastest-growing populations in the UK, Anglian Water faces complex challenges that require smart investment decisions. The company must also provide regular regulatory submissions and adhere to strict requirements, placing huge pressures on the organization and limiting its ability to plan for the long-term.
Anglian Water partnered with Copperleaf to enhance its decision-making processes, proactively manage asset risk, and establish an industry-leading investment planning practice. The company aims to achieve net zero by 2030, and increase transparency and alignment between investment decisions and Environmental, Societal and Governance (ESG) factors.
Copperleaf worked with Anglian Water to build a value framework aligned with its six capitals model that embeds consistent, transparent, and strategic decision making across the company. The Copperleaf system pulls in data to support and enhance investment planning decisions, allowing the organization to identify the highest-value investments, respond quickly to changes, and maintain a clear line-of-sight between the company’s strategic goals, outcome delivery incentives, and individual project values.
Enhanced decision making
Anglian Water believes Copperleaf’s optimization approach will offer 1.5-2% greater customer value in terms of service risk mitigation and benefit realization than existing plans. Over the Anglian Water investment portfolio, this enables productivity benefits worth up to £50 million over a 5-year period. In addition to the portfolio optimization and scenario analysis capabilities of Copperleaf Portfolio™, Anglian Water can compare optimized plans under different constraints or climate scenarios, enabling an adaptive planning process.
Improved planning efficiency and greater transparency
The Copperleaf solution provides an enterprise repository of all cost, carbon, and value information and ensures that every investment decision is based on a single source of the truth. At a strategic level, this provides greater transparency, visibility, and alignment with the company’s purpose. The increased transparency and alignment between investment decisions and ESG factors has empowered Anglian Water’s investment planners to establish a culture of value and innovation that delivers improved business outcomes.
The company has exceeded its 2020 goals and driven down capital carbon by 61% against 2010 baselines. Analysis of the investment planning portfolio shows that a reduction in capital costs and a reduction in capital carbon go hand in hand. Evidence has been collated over a number of years illustrating the relationship between reducing carbon and reducing cost.
Find out how the Copperleaf Decision Analytics Solution enables productivity benefits worth up to 50m over a 5-year period:
An important part of our success is working with Copperleaf to integrate carbon into our asset management process—ensuring that we are challenging our supply chain against the measures we put in place.
The thing that stands out as innovative in Copperleaf’s optimization approach is that the best decisions can be made, not only on a cost basis, but also for the environment and for customers.
Having a single system where we can input the information required and then retrieve the data from one source in terms of carbon and cost has been an integral part of the success of our carbon journey.
We’ve had to learn and develop as we went along our carbon journey, and that’s where having a partner, like Copperleaf, who is interested in what our approach is, what our needs are going forward, and creating solutions that match those needs, has been so important.
Continuous investment optimization and planning
With the implementation of the Copperleaf Solution, Asset Investment Planning and Management at Anglian Water is now a continuous process—driven by agreed business outcomes.
Anglian Water believes Copperleaf’s optimization approach will offer 1.5-2% greater customer value in terms of service risk mitigation and benefit realization than existing plans.
Spotlight on ESG
Central to Anglian Water’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy is the goal to achieve net zero by 2030 and ensure that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are lower or equal to mitigation activities.
With Copperleaf Portfolio™, Anglian water has exceeded its 2020 goals and driven down capital carbon by 61% against 2010 baselines.