We want to make a difference
At Wannon Water, we are bold in our work to care for and protect the environment. We are committed to addressing the global challenge of climate change and playing our part in achieving a more sustainable future.
As locals in South West Victoria, we’re driven to shape our region for the better. We’re striving to deliver sustainable water services that protect our environment and build stronger communities.
What have we done so far?
Wannon Water recognises the importance of playing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the global temperature rise to no more than two degrees.
Energy is a significant operational cost for our business - so we've been working hard to both reduce our emissions and provide future savings for our customers.
Renewable energy projects reduce our emissions at the source. We continue to invest in local renewable energy projects such as our Portland Wind Turbine and the Brierly Basin floating solar installation. These investments improve our efficiency, reduce our use of, and emissions from, grid electricity and generate Large Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) each year which we will surrender as appropriate.
We are also a partner in Zero Emissions Water (ZEW) with 11 other Victorian water corporations. ZEW has a Power Purchase Agreement with Victoria’s largest solar farm near Ouyen that enables us to purchase around 4,000 LGCs each year under a cost-effective, collective buying agreement.
Carbon farming can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, effectively offsetting carbon emissions from activities such as sewage treatment or vehicle use.
In 2009, we established an approved carbo farming project, partnering with CO2 Australia to plant around 450,000 blue mallee trees across 360 hectares on five properties in central Victoria. The project continues to generate ACCUs as the trees grow.
We're participating in a collaborative project with the Victorian water sector to establish more carbon farms in Victoria. This will increase our capacity to generate cost-effective ACCUs through a collective buying agreement.
The farms are also expected to generate a range of other community and environmental benefits as we’ve observed from our existing project.
Electric vehicle transition
We'll transition our passenger vehicle fleet by 2030 to reduce our emissions by eliminating them at the source.
Currently the availability and suitability of electric vehicles and the enabling infrastructure to support their effective business use is limiting the uptake of electric vehicles in both the passenger and commercial fleet.
We'll continue to investigate options to reduce vehicle emissions. ACCUs will be used to offset remaining emissions in the interim.