Western Power Distribution has revealed plans to improve its environmental impact by sending no waste to landfill by 2028.

The ambitious proposal is one of the electricity distribution company’s core environment and sustainability commitments outlined in their 2023-28 business plan.

At the heart of the plan is a determination to lead the drive to decarbonisation, including cutting their own carbon emissions to zero by 2028 – 22 years ahead of UK government targets.

Delivering its electricity services in an environmentally sustainable way is set to benefit customers by reducing the business’ carbon impact on them.

As well as the target for landfill, overall, Western Power will be cutting the waste it produces by 30% over a five-year period.

The starting point will be to avoid creating waste in the first place and, if that isn’t achievable, reducing the amount as much as possible.

The emphasis would then be on finding a way to re-use it and recycling would be the next option.

Andy Martyr-Icke, of Western Power’s environment team, said: “As one of the region’s leading companies, we have a big role to play in sustainability and we’re not satisfied with just minimising our impact on the environment.

“We want to have a positive effect. Not only are we focusing on reducing waste sent to landfill to zero and increasing recycling, we will also significantly reduce the amount of waste we produce in the first place.”

Western Power is working with manufacturers and suppliers to cut waste and the environmental impact of products and services it uses.

This will include sourcing more goods made from recycled plastics and eliminating non-recyclable plastic.

This will help reduce the use of raw materials, carbon emissions and improve sustainability.

The company, which serves eight million customers, will also be exploring ways it can turn waste materials into a resource that can be used by third parties, in addition to recycling more.

Alison Sleightholm, resources and external affairs director, added: “As well as being a net zero business by 2028, the most ambitious proposal in the sector, we have an unequivocal focus to be biodiverse and sustainable.

“In making these ambitious commitments regarding waste, we’re taking our regulator Ofgem’s requirements to the next level.”

Over the last six years, Western Power has reduced its business carbon footprint by 36% and the waste produced by its operations going to landfill by 83%.

Their £6.7billion business plan will result in huge investment in the local network to improve reliability and develop a smarter energy grid, enabling customers to connect their electric vehicles and heat pumps when they want to.

The company is also committed to keeping its portion of the energy bill broadly flat.