Greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s energy sector continue to decline due to gradual decarbonisation of the grid, and Endeavour Energy is working hard to be part of the solution and help save the planet for future generations.
Greenhouse emissions and environmental management
We have set a target to deliver a 40% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2035. Scope 1 emissions are those that are a direct result of our activities. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions related to our operations but generated by a third party. Reporting on our scope 1 and 2 emissions is completed annually through the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS).
We recognise the need to protect the environment, balance socio-economic needs and respond to changing conditions. We act with great care when we need to protect our electrical distribution assets and neighbouring land and are highly vigilant and careful in how we use pesticides, our pollution response and approach to vegetation management. You can learn more about how we do this in our Pesticide Use Notification Plan.
Our team undertake a vegetation maintenance program to maintain the safety and reliability of our network for local families and businesses. We employ horticulturalists and professional tree trimmers to deliver a safe and reliable electricity supply. While trimming can look severe at first, trees re-grow at a normal rate, and trimming may save trees near powerlines from needing to be cut down. Be sure to check out our Vegetation Management FAQs to learn more.
As holders of environment protection licences, we have stringent Pollution Incident Response Management Plans in place to prevent harm to people and the environment.
Sustainable materials management
Like every industry, we generate waste. In our case, this includes old timber power poles, metals, oil, chemicals and general waste from our offices. We work hard to divert waste from landfill to help achieve sustainable outcomes for the environment. This work includes pole recycling, with 500 tonnes of poles re-purposed each year into high-quality timber for reuse.
Endeavour Energy is a signatory to the “FluoroCycle” initiative and recycles all mercury-containing lamps removed from the network. This is crucial as mercury in landfill becomes toxic and can then spread to the wider environment.
Supporting the transition to Electric Vehicles
Our grid transformation projects help reduce emissions, and we are constantly working on new initiatives. One initiative is a partnership to provide electric vehicle charging stations at 1,000 of our transformer substations. We are also participating in an electric bus charging trial.