We're doing our part to reduce emissions
The majority of our emissions are associated with our use of electricity (known as scope 2 emissions), while the rest are from direct sources such as methane gas from our water recycling plants.
We report on our climate change emissions annually (Scope 1 and 2 emissions have been included along with offsets. See our annual reports at Reports strategies and plans | South East Water). These emissions are reported as net emissions in equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO 2 -e), so different types of greenhouse gasses can be compared. This number is compared to a baseline figure of our average emissions emitted from 2011-2016 (which was 41,744 CO 2 -e per year), so we can see how things have changed.
South East Water’s average annual emissions are:
|Year||Emissions (CO 2 -e)|
*estimated figure based on data available 1 May 2023
We've predicted our emissions until 2030 based on the information we have available now (Scope 1 and 2 emissions have been included before adding offsets). Measurements are in gross emissions CO 2 -e. Where we cannot reduce our emissions we plan on buying offsets to achieve our goal of net zero emissions. This graph shows a gentle upward trend in the emissions over time, consistent with the growth of the population in Melbourne and to our customers.
What do we emit, and from where?
Scope 1 and 2 emissions have been included before adding offsets.
|Blind Bight Water Recycling Plant||
|Boneo Water Recycling Plant||7,578.9||21%|
|Koo Wee Rup Water Recycling Plant||2,620.8||7%|
|Lang Lang Water Recycling Plant||872.1||2%|
|Longwarry Water Recycling Plant||1,536.3||4%|
|Mt Martha Water Recycling Plant||11,138.7||31%|
|Pakenham Water Recycling Plant||7,958.2||22%|
|Somers Water Recycling Plant||4,088||11%|