Yarra Valley Water bioenergy facility to support net-zero goals

Australian firm Yarra Valley Water is among the first water utilities in the world to sign the global Pledge to Net Zero.

The utility is halfway towards achieving its goal of generating 100% renewable energy by 2025, through projects like its food waste-to-energy facility. The plant at its site in Wollert converts around 30,000 tonnes of food scraps into more than 7 million kWh of clean energy annually.

Pledge to Net Zero marks a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It has been established to support the United Nations’ Race to Zero campaign.

Yarra Valley Water’s managing director, Pat McCafferty, said the pledge reinforced the utility’s commitments to go beyond zero carbon and create a brighter future for the community and environment.

“In line with the Victorian Government’s strong renewable energy targets, we’re already committed to generating 100% renewable energy by 2025 and we’re halfway towards achieving this goal with 50% of our operations now powered by renewables.”

Yarra Valley Water committed to reducing its annual emissions down to just 11,664 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2025 – a 63% reduction in emissions compared to what it was emitting each year between 2011 and 2016.

“We’re working hard on how we will accelerate our progress to hit net zero by 2025, and then using the offsets we generate to go beyond zero carbon to address legacy emissions,” said McCafferty.

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