Sustainability

Climate Change

Ausgrid is the custodian of an energy network shared by four million Australians. Our customers have made it clear that they expect us to provide active leadership in the transition to cleaner energy sources while delivering affordable, reliable connections. We believe that Ausgrid has a critical role to play in leading and delivering the transition to the lowest cost decarbonised economy.

Our management of climate change risks and opportunities consider the physical impacts of climate change on our network and the strategic business risks to our business and our customers. Our Climate Change Statement lists the activities we are undertaking to respond to climate change.

The key physical climate change risks on our business are bushfires and extreme weather events. We conduct significant work to mitigate the threat of bushfires on our network. It is part of our licence conditions that we have our network prepared for the start of the annual ‘bushfire season’. Each year the storm season also impacts our network and services to our customers as storms cause trees to fall on powerlines and interrupt service. We pride ourselves on our ability to quickly respond to these events and safely return normal supply back to our customers.

The energy industry is undergoing a significant change, which is part, is being driven by climate change, and the transition to a low carbon economy. This change is introducing innovation and new technologies. Like other parts of the energy system, our network needs to adapt to this new landscape and manage a growing renewable and distributed energy resources across the grid.

Our Actions

To manage our long-term carbon risks and opportunities and support national and international climate goals, we are taking the following actions:

Minimising our own carbon footprint

  • Set a target and publicly report our progress to hold ourselves accountable and lower our greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increasing the use of renewables in our properties through generation from our own solar panels
  • Set an internal cost of carbon to assess alternatives, particularly for SF6
Supporting our customers to transition to a low carbon economy
  • Make it easy for customers to connect sustainable energy to the network
  • Trial and support community solar and batteries to improve access to sustainable energy for all
  • Preparing our network so that it can assist the change in the Australian vehicle fleet to electric
  • Develop the capability for our customers to participate in the DER market with them supplying energy into the grid
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of line losses through the encouragement of renewable energy on the grid
Mitigating Climate change risks
  • Having our network prepared for the start of bushfire season each year
  • Maintaining the ability to quickly respond and restore service after extreme weather events
  • Maintaining a resilient grid that can manage high stress periods during heat waves and other extreme weather events
Engaging constructively and transparently with customers and stakeholders
  • Engaging constructively and transparently with customers and stakeholders
  • Reporting transparently on our progress in our annual Corporate Sustainability review
  • Supporting the achievement of aligned UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

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