After a highly competitive local and global competition to search for innovative ideas to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Melbourne Water has chosen the Cranfield University/AECOM/RMIT group for its pitch for a method to lower greenhouse gas emissions from sewage treatment by a whopping 90%.

Aerial view of a sewage treatment plant with three large, round pools in the foreground and a long, low rectangular structure behind them, extending out of the picture. Rows of additional identical round pools visible to the left

This competition, which is co-sponsored by Liveability Victoria International, will be used to further develop and test key elements of the proposal at lab scale which is expected to take around eight months. Beyond this, further design and pilot scale testing work would be required to assess potential feasibility for larger scale implementation.

More information on the Scope 1 Emissions Innovation Competition available from Melbourne Water.