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Gippsland Water pledges to reduce carbon emissions

Gippsland Water has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 23 per cent by 2025 – the equivalent of taking almost 800 cars off the road.

The reduction will be achieved through a range of initiatives, including installing solar panels at suitable sites, offsetting emissions through reforestation on Gippsland Water land and purchasing electric vehicles.

Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Sarah Cumming, said that reducing emissions would be good for the environment and good for the organisation’s bottom line.

“Treating water and wastewater can be an energy-intensive activity. By increasing the amount of renewable energy that we produce, we’ll be reducing our electricity bills as well as reducing our emissions,” she said.

This week, Gippsland Water introduced a 2017 Renault Zero C02 Emissions car to their internal transport fleet to reduce fuel consumption and environmental impact.

“Reliable transport is imperative to the work we do in the community and we’re looking forward to staff trialling the use of the zero emissions vehicle,” Ms Cumming said.

Gippsland Water already sources 10% of its electricity from renewable sources, including a biogas cogeneration facility located at the Gippsland Water Factory and a small hydro-electricity generator installed nearby.

Along with all water corporations across the state, Gippsland Water is working towards achieving zero net emissions by 2050, a goal set by the Victorian Government in the Water for Victoria plan and the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017.

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