Beyond net-zero: A new climate change strategy

Westernport Water is proud to share its vision for a low carbon, regenerative future with the launch of its latest Climate Change Strategy 2023-28.

The five-year strategy outlines the Corporation’s plans to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and 100% sourced renewable energy by 2025.

The actions in the strategy go beyond net-zero and aim to actively restore and replenish the environment rather than simply minimising harm.

Since our first strategy in 2017, our understanding and awareness of climate-related risk and opportunities has grown, and customer expectations of climate action have evolved. So too has government policy, with new legislation driving change across the water sector.

Our pathway to net-zero and beyond includes an investment of $20 million in climate-related capital improvement projects, which will see a feasibility study for a biogas facility to turn waste into energy, the installation of more solar panels, installation of floating wetlands into the wastewater treatment process, increased recycled water usage, revegetation of land as well as the transition to electric vehicles.

Quotes attributed to Managing Director Dona Tantirimudalige

“Our latest Climate Change Strategy is deliberately bolder than our first and presents an exciting opportunity to deliver greater long-term value for our customers, community and the broader Victorian water sector.

“We know that customers want us to focus on reducing our emissions and providing positive environmental outcomes for the community, and this strategy aims to do just that.”

“We have committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2035, but this isn’t our end goal. We are striving towards creating a regenerative footprint where we are not only protecting the environment but enhancing it.”

“We look forward to working in partnership with our customers and the community to deliver our climate change plans and realise our long-term vision for a regenerative future.”

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