About this project

GVW’s business activities create carbon emissions from two sources – firstly, the use of electricity in transporting and treating water and wastewater, and secondly, direct emissions from the treatment of wastewater. Under the Statement of Obligations (Emissions Reduction) GVW has an obligation to
reduce carbon emissions to 37,416 tonnes of
carbon dioxide equivalent.
Customers have told us they support this initiative, and further endorsed an ambitious target by 2025 based on a willingness-to-pay analysis of future bill impacts. We’ll be looking to achieve this by installing solar
energy (photovoltaic panels) at multiple sites, and replacing assets with new energy efficient technologies.

Actions to date

Since the emissions reduction pledge, our emission levels are now significantly higher than previously estimated, driven by manufacturing growth in the region. Despite this, we remain fully committed to achieving our emissions reduction target of 37,416 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, and this has become our business-as-usual target.
In the past 12 months, we’ve installed more than 4,800 solar panels at 15 high energy consuming sites and plant operations have been optimised to ensure the solar energy generated is utilised to the maximum potential.
Our Carbon Customer Advisory Group (CCAG) has also considered the increase in emissions and the need for additional initiatives. Research and analysis is continuing into options to abate remaining Scope 2 emissions.

What's next?

We’ll be working to improve energy consumption visibility across the business, as well as refining our Scope 1 calculations to improve consistency and accuracy. Research and industry collaboration around Scope 1 offset possibilities will increase over the next year.
Stage 2 of the solar panel installation will begin, with smaller-size systems installed at another 14 sites. A project to replace the cover on the High Rate Anerobic Lagoon at the Shepparton Wastewater Management Facility will also improve emission levels.
The CCAG will continue to consider GVW’s progress towards the target and initiatives that will be implemented. 

Our accountability for this project

We will report to customers annually on progress against the forecast carbon reduction trajectory. In the event of being significantly below the planned trajectory at the end of any year, the CCAG will consider and advise what may be an appropriate response for customers.

For this information in PDF form, click here to download the factsheet (PDF: 523.8KB)