Call for innovators to help prevent greenhouse gas emissions

Budding innovators are being encouraged to submit ideas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a chance at scoring access to a funding pool of $200,000.

Melbourne Water is seeking innovative, workable and affordable ideas that will result in lower greenhouse gas emissions emitted by wastewater treatment plants, now and into the future.

The competition encourages a creative approach around how sewage is treated and what changes would result in reduced Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions.

Winning entrants may have the opportunity to work with Melbourne Water to further develop their ideas and bring them to life.

Melbourne Water General Manager Integrated Planning, Chris Williams, said the business was committed to reducing its footprint.

“By reducing or eliminating the potential for fugitive methane and nitrous oxide from our wastewater treatment plants, we can continue to enhance the sustainability of the essential service we provide to the community,” Mr Williams said.

“All ideas will be assessed by the Competition Jury on merit according to the evaluation criteria.

“We’re welcoming ideas in emissions measurement and modelling, optimisation of existing wastewater treatment processes, and wastewater treatment processes of the future,” he said.

The two-stage competition opened on 22 October and ideas must be submitted before 5pm on Monday, 3 December 2018 (AEDT).

The funding pool will initially be made available to up to five entries to develop a detailed solution based on their submission and then the winners will be invited to produce a scope of works in consultation with Melbourne Water.

Shortlisted entrants will be announced in February 2019. These selected entrants will be invited to submit a Detailed Solution.

The final winners will be announced in mid-2019.

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