Water corporations are already working to minimise their impact on the environment. They’re expected to continue this work and take prompt action to reduce carbon emissions.

Our water sector is responsible for the largest proportion of government emissions; it will be a leader in the state’s climate change mitigation and adaptation. The sector will support broader government action on reducing emissions by pledging to achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.

All operational decisions must take climate change into consideration and water corporations will be equipped with the most up-to-date understanding of climate change and associated risks to water resources.

The water sector is responsible for the largest proportion of government emissions Schools8% Universities12% Healthcare18% Other government19% Rail19% Water infrastructure24% Predominantly wastewater, then supply and other water * Note that data used to generate this figure is largely indicative and based on estimates using the best available data for the purpose of comparison.

The graph below shows the amount of greenhouse gas emitted* by the water industry to supply water and manage sewerage over the last five years.

As data becomes available we’ll show you the progress on our water sector’s pledge to reduce emissions and adaptations to climate change here.

By communicating clear performance information from across the industry the government can ensure that the Victorian water sector is providing the best possible service to the community.

Greenhouse gas emitted by the water industry to supply water and manage sewerage in 1,000 of tonnes equivalent to CO2 gross. 2011-12 Sewerage 537, Water 205 2012-13 Sewerage 572, Water 151 2013-14 Sewerage 541, Water 155 2014-15 Sewerage 667, Water 198 2015-16 Sewerage 676, Water 216

*Equivalent 1,000 tonnes CO2 gross Source: Essential Service Commission Water Performance Reports

Aspects of climate change adaptation for the water sector.  

The water sector is also working to strengthen its adaptation through participation in the pilot water sector Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan. This is not an obligation through the Minister’s Letter but they are doing it voluntarily to provide the best possible services to their customers.

Aspects of climate change adaptation for the water sector Climate change drivers Sea level rise Reduced water availability Increased frequency of extreme events Increased temperatures Added pressures Population growth Community expectations Changing economic conditions Adaptation aspects Resource security Agriculture, business and industry vitality Infrastructure resilience Aboriginal values Social values Environmental outcomes