Sydney Water invested $4.98 million in 37 research and development projects in 2009–10. About $1,062,800 of this was used in partnering with five key national and international research alliances. An additional sum of about $345,000 was committed through arrangements with the Build-Own-Operate water filtration plant partners for research activities primarily focused on drinking water quality.
The key drivers of the research program are:
Cost of Carbon Abatement
Sydney Water and the Energy Partnership recently completed the Cost of Carbon Abatement project. The project assessed a large range of opportunities to reduce carbon emissions across Sydney Water. The project produced a decision support tool to enable the cost-comparison of greenhouse gas abatement. The outcomes will assist in strategic decisions regarding carbon mitigation: identification of cost-effective ways to reach reduction targets, quantification of the cost and abatement potential and the ability to test various future scenarios such as changes to electricity and carbon prices.