City West Water Environmental Sustainability Plan

City West Water Environmental Sustainability Plan

9.03.2012 - Posted by Mark Stacey
City West Water, one of the three retail water companies servicing metropolitan Melbourne, recently released their Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP), which sets out their plan for environmental management through to June 2013. The ESP has detailed targets for environmental performance and outlines responsibilities for implementing actions, reporting and review.

The ESP builds upon over six years of work to proactively manage City West Water’s environmental performance. While their achievements to date are considerable – take for example that they were the first water business in Australia to achieve zero net greenhouse emissions – the organisation continues to pledge to reduce their environmental impact across their operations. Some key commitments in the ESP are:

• Continue to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions
• Supply 3,000 ML of alternate water per year by 2012/13
• Develop a Greening the West Strategic Plan, involving the development of fit-for-purpose plant watering (involving recycled water, stormwater harvesting and reclaimed water)
• Beneficially use 100% of biosolids generated from Altona Treatment Plant
• Reduce total office waste (per FTE) by 10%, and reduce the percentage of this waste going to landfill to 40% by 2012/2013

As a resident of Melbourne’s inner west it is great to see these commitments and I look forward to the outcomes on local to global scales.

Since April 2010 Mark has been a member City West Water Community Liaison Committee – this committee monitors City West Water’s performance against environmental targets and is the driving force in developing the principles of a Sustainable Water City. He was actively involved in the development of the ESP through this role.