SGS and Kinesis were engaged by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), in conjunction with the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA), in August 2009 to undertake a research study into the greenhouse emissions and emission reduction solutions for the Werribee Plains Study Area. This area covers the LGAs of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Wyndham and the Statistical Local Area of Greater Geelong Part C.
The state Government had developed a vision to transform the Werribee Plains region into a global leader in water management and sustainable development. But actions towards greater environmental sustainability in the region needed to be set within a strategic framework, that was underpinned by research. To develop such a regional sustainability framework, The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), commissioned research in four areas: the Energy Research study, Towards Zero Net Emissions, is one module. The other modules address water, biodiversity and transport.
Using available data and the International Local Government Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis Protocol framework the study estimated a set of greenhouse gas emissions for 2006 and projected them out to 2020. The study report outlines, for the first time, the scale and source of greenhouse gas emissions within the Werribee Plains (the Study Area) and established a holistic policy platform to address the Study Area's greenhouse gas emissions. The report also highlights a range of possible solutions which can be implemented to reduce greenhouse emissions. At the request of the client, the report outlines a strategy to move the Study Area to Zero Net Emissions by 2020.