Advancing the SDGs in practice

by Melbourne Water

(Business)

A Global Compact member

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Melbourne Water is promoting and supporting the SDGs by aligning its strategy, culture and day-to-day operations to the SDGs.

Project goal

Melbourne Water seeks to make a meaningful contribution to advancing the SDGs.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Provides leadership for other organisations of how they can embed the SDGs in their organisational strategy.

Promotion of SDGs through leadership of how they can be embedded in organisational strategy.

Improved outcomes for customers and communities through programs that link to SDGs.

Broader value outcomes for customers by aligning SDGs to corporate strategy.

To continue to enhance their contribution to the SDGs, Melbourne Water has identified three broad areas of focus that align its strategy, culture and day-to-day operations to the SDGs:

  1. Melbourne Water aims to increase its contribution across all the goals Melbourne Water has embedded the SDGs into strategy development and business planning processes. Using the SDGs as a lens in planning facilitates a broader perspective and encourages innovative solutions.
  2. Melbourne Water will be leaders for SDGs 6, 11 and 15. Melbourne Water seeks to have a significant impact on SDG 6, SDG 11 and SDG 15. These three goals closely align with the three pillars to drive the organisation’s strategic direction, to demonstrate leadership against these goals, and assess performance in progressing these goals using strategic KPIs.
  3. Melbourne Water will advance the goals through strong partnerships Valuable outcomes can be realised with a strong commitment to partnership and co-operation. Melbourne Water intends to actively promote the SDGs throughout their supply chain and in delivery of services through the customer value chain.

Specific examples of how Melbourne Water is contributing to the goals include:

  • Partnering with the Hope City Mission to use Melbourne Water land for a community garden project that will help feed over 100 hundred families a week.
  • Transforming 27 kilometres of the decommissioned Main Outfall Sewer pipeline into a parkland for the growing western suburbs.
  • Applying best practice adaptive management to sites of biodiversity significance, more than 9,000 ha, which has led to improved environmental health scores at 21 of the sites.
  • Generating renewable electricity by installing mini hydroelectric power stations.

Trialling co-digestion to assess new organic waste management opportunities that enable new revenue streams, reduce waste to landfill and create extra renewable energy.

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