Renewable energy generation is a key part of Sydney Water’s commitment to being carbon neutral for energy and electricity use by 2020.
This complex global problem is expected to affect Sydney Water’s capacity to provide services to its customers.
A drier, warmer climate may:
Sydney Water’s climate change strategy outlines how it will:
In 2008–09, Sydney Water completed a qualitative risk assessment of the impacts of climate change on its infrastructure, maintenance and operations. The assessment identified and evaluated 63 risks. During 2009–10, Sydney Water developed a three-year climate change adaptation research plan to address these risks.
Renewable energy generation is a key part of Sydney Water’s commitment to being carbon neutral for energy and electricity use by 2020. Priority is also being given to reducing emissions by:
Any remaining emissions will be offset with Renewable Energy Credits and NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Certificates. Sydney Water generates these certificates from its renewable energy generation plants and its water efficiency programs such as WaterFix. Sydney Water will also purchase accredited certificates from other renewable energy or low emission projects.
There are now 11 renewable energy projects operating or under construction. These projects have the capability to generate 20% of Sydney Water’s energy needs and reduce carbon emissions by almost 80,000 tonnes a year. This is the equivalent of taking about 20,000 cars off the road.
Sydney Water invested $60 million in delivering renewable energy projects, including:
Work on installing pipeline hydroelectric generators at Woronora Water Filtration Plant and Prospect Reservoir was largely completed in 2009–10. These systems will be operational by late 2010.