Water Journal : Water Journal November 2015
12 Industry News WATER NOVEMBER 2015 EPA WORKS WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES AFTER FLOODING Recent heavy rain in the Illawarra and South Coast regions of New South Wales highlighted the potential impact extreme weather events can have on infrastructure and waterways. Heavy rainfall in August led to widespread ooding, with sewerage and drainage systems over owing along the coast. EPA Director South Gary Whytcross said that while emergency response organisations such as the NSW Police, Fire and Rescue and the State Emergency Service responded to people's immediate needs, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) worked to ensure environmental harm was minimised. "During large oods such as this, the EPA has of cers on standby to assess reports of environmental impacts and refer these to managers of the relevant sites," Mr Whytcross said. "The EPA liaises closely with local authorities such as Primary Industries (Fisheries), animal welfare agencies, NSW Food Authority, Roads and Maritime Services and Shoalhaven City Council to share up-to-the-minute information and advice about the ood event. "Shoalhaven City Council acted quickly in notifying the EPA of actions it was taking to respond to ooding of its sewerage systems, including advising the public of health impacts of sewage over ows." The EPA has an ongoing program to review the performance of sewage treatment plants to ensure they are working well and that they are building resilience into the plant to better cope with ood events. At present the EPA is working with Council to upgrade its sewerage infrastructure by 2017. The upgrade will result in high- quality treated ef uent to be primarily reused in agriculture rather than discharged into waterways and aims to increase the resilience of the region's infrastructure in future ood events. Industries regulated by the EPA under Environment Protection Licences have a duty to report pollution incidents threatening or causing harm to the environment and are required to respond according to their Pollution Incident Response Management Plans. The EPA urges people with concerns about the environment or pollution incidents to call the EPA Environment Line, 131 555, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CITIES WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE Leaders from 13 cities representing almost one hundred million people visited Sydney in September to workshop ways to improve energy ef ciency, reduce emissions and tackle climate change globally. Experts from cities including Tokyo, New York, London, Singapore, Johannesburg and Shenzhen joined forces at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group's (C40) Private Building Ef ciency network workshop at Sydney Town Hall. The City of Sydney is co- chair of the Private Buildings Ef ciency network along with the Tokyo Government. The network supports cities in developing policies and programs that improve residential and commercial energy ef ciency. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said action on climate change was the most signi cant issue of our time and was vital at both the local and global level. "While our federal leaders disregard global warming, city leaders are getting on with the job," the Lord Mayor said. "Our cities account for 80 per cent of carbon emissions worldwide, so it's cities where we need strong action. "With leaders from 13 global cities in Sydney, I'm looking forward to plenty of insights into tackling emissions and global warming in our cities. C40 plays an important role in helping cities share practical experiences and effective strategies." The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 75 of the world's greatest cities, representing 550+ million people and one-quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, while three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. The City of Sydney has an ambitious emissions reduction target -- to cut emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, based on 2006 levels and an energy ef ciency improvement target for buildings of 31 per cent by 2030. The City's sustainability programs, including CitySwitch, the Better Buildings Partnership, Smart Green Business and Smart Blocks, are improving energy performance of buildings across the city while making signi cant nancial savings. Better Buildings Partnership members have slashed their energy bills by $30 million a year since the partnership was established and avoided over 113,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the last year. The City of Sydney's new master plan for energy ef ciency shows businesses and residents how to slash greenhouse pollution and save more than $600 million in energy bills by 2030. The Sydney event follows a workshop and summit hosted by Tokyo mid-last year. Participants in the recent C40 workshop in Sydney.
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