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Climate change Water companies have to use energy to clean your sewage and treat your drinking water. In total the water industry creates 1% of the UK’s carbon emissions. Therefore Severn Trent Water is constantly looking at new ways to reduce our carbon emissions and improve the way we use energy. An example of this is that we transform your sewage into ‘poo power’ and produce energy from water, wind and crops. CO2 goes up into the atmosphere and is creating an invisible ‘blanket’ around the Earth, which is trapping the heat from the sun. When you turn on the hot tap to have a bath/shower, warm water comes out of the tap or shower... To heat the water, the boiler turns on. The boiler needs energy to run... The energy comes from the power station and is produced through burning oil, coal and natural gas, which creates carbon dioxide (CO2). The trapped heat is warming up the Earth and causing global warming, which is leading to climate change. Climate change is also causing drier and hotter summers, which in the long term will mean less water available for us to use. B7796 16/12/11 Climate change is creating worse weather conditions and more severe storms, which is causing serious flooding. 01 The warmer world is causing land ice and glaciers to melt, leading to rising sea levels and more areas flooding.