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Managing Climate Change Risk – The Water Industry in a ‘Clean Energy Future’

The Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future package is set to radically transform the economic drivers for managing climate change risk in the Australian economy. The water industry is a significant energy consumer and generator of direct and cradle-to-grave greenhouse gas emissions from collection and treatment systems. As a consequence, our industry is intricately linked with climate change, in both cause and effect. It is now also well understood that there will inevitably be a change in the climate due to human induced global warming. This will pose a risk for the infrastructure and operations of the industry. With the commencement of the Carbon Pricing Mechanism from July 1 2012, it is important that organisations understand the magnitude and nature of their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change risk and develop strategies to reduce them. Many water organisations are already moving towards “carbon neutrality” or “zero net emissions” by calculating, reducing and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions.

The aim of this course is to provide water industry practitioners with the skills and knowledge to:
1. Understand the risks posed by climate change to their organisation;

2.Calculate and reduce their greenhouse gas footprint;

3.Assess and develop strategies for reducing their exposure to physical climate change risk.

The course will also assist participants to better understand the adaptation risks their organisations face due to climate change; help them to take the first steps in developing a climate change adaptation plan; and will identify tools (e.g. CCA) that will support them in implementing their plan. This is to be achieved by stepping through a planning process, demonstrating application through scenario’s and real life case studies. At the completion of the course, attendees will have developed a draft plan of action to take back to their workplace.

This is a practical course with real-world Australian case studies and “hands-on� workshops.

Issued addressed


  • Climate change science and its relationship to the water sector – what are the key environmental drivers for the industry?
  • Federal and state government policy settings on climate change: Implications of the NGER System, Clean Energy Future and other regulatory programs – how are Australian governments addressing climate change and how does that affect the water industry?
  • Workshop: Developing a climate change risk assessment and response strategy
  • Calculating greenhouse gas and energy inventories – what are the rules and regulations behind the compilation of a GHG and energy ‘footprint’?


  • Fugitive greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) from wastewater systems – what are the biological and physical processes involved in the generation of these GHGs at wastewater treatment plants?
  • Workshop: Calculating a GHG and energy inventory for a water organisation – a step-by-step case study of calculating an inventory, according to the NGERS guidelines
    Strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the water industry – how can an organisation reduce its emissions?
  • “Carbon neutrality” and generating accredited offsets – what does it mean and how can organisations do it ?

 DAY 3

  • Climate change mitigation basics and relationship to adaptation – some changes are inevitable, how can we deal with them?
  • Climate change impacts and risk assessment – how will changes in the climate affect the water business ? What are the risks and how do we assess and prioritise them?
  • Developing a climate change plan and embedding it into your organisation
  • Workshop: Creating a credible climate change abatement and adaptation plan

What do you get

  • Access to two leading practitioners in the field of climate change risk in the water industry
  • Tools and plans to directly apply in your workplace
  • Course notes and CD-ROM
  • Detailed Australian case studies and “hands-on” workshops

Who should attend

Any water sector professional that requires an understanding of climate change risk and greenhouse gas emissions assessment and reduction in the water industry. This includes:

  • Climate Change / Protection Officers
  • Managers responsible for greenhouse gas emissions
  • Government enforcement agencies
  • Engineers and technical managers
  • System designers

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event


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