Western Water has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2050 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% below baseline emissions (an average of 2012-2016 emissions) by 2025.
Western Water’s Corporate Plan 2020 identifies climate change and rapid growth as key factors which will influence their future operations.
According to the report, the impacts of climate change are already being observed across the Western Water service region, with reduced rainfall and increased temperatures in the area.
Western Water’s Managing Director Jeff Rigby says that increased demand for its services from urban growth within its service region, alongside expected reductions in available supply, is one of the greatest challenges posed by climate change.
“In the face of climate change, it’s clear we need to be more flexible in our approach and, as a climate-dependent service provider, we must show leadership,” he said.
“Above all, we’re committed to providing a quality service to our customers with minimal environmental impact from our operations”.
Western Water intends to reduce its emissions using a range of sustainable practices, including the installation of large solar panel arrays, with construction underway on a 500kw system at Melton Recycled Water Plant.
Currently, the plant uses biogas, another renewable energy source, to power around 30% of its energy supply.
Western Water also plans to mitigate the effects of climate change using a series of waste reduction and resource recovery programs.