In an effort to expand upon its growing leadership role in South Australia’s energy transition, SA Power Networks Group has released its first externally-audited sustainability report.
With more than 300,000 homes with solar and 30,000 with batteries, the electricity distribution network managed by the regulated business, SA Power Networks, hosts the biggest source of renewable energy generation in South Australia.
The Group’s commercial business, Enerven, plays a significant role in commercial and government renewables-based projects.
The 2021 Sustainability Report follows globally recognised Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting guidance and Standards, including the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and references relevant Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Highlights in 2021 included:
- Commitment to net-zero (Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions) across operations by 2035
- Benchmarked as Australia’s most efficient regulated electricity distributor
- Invested $1.7 million in 40 community partnerships and sponsorships
- Premier’s Award for Innovation and Collaboration in Energy for Enhanced Voltage Management project
- Achieved target of 80 per cent of total waste diverted from landfill
Launching the Sustainability Report, SA Power Networks CEO, Rob Stobbe, said the report will allow stakeholders to understand the utility’s current progress and progression towards better sustainability outcomes.
“The energy sector is changing at a rapid pace, with the uptake of rooftop solar PV, residential batteries and electric vehicles. Additionally, we are already experiencing the impacts of our changing climate,” Mr Stobbe said.
“By paying attention to the longer term, to stakeholder and customer needs, and to the social and environmental consequences of our operations and activities, we believe we will achieve outcomes that will be good for our business and our community, as well as the planet.
“Our comprehensive Sustainability Report will allow a range of stakeholders to understand our current performance and see how we progress in future years to improve our sustainability outcomes for South Australians.”
The Sustainability Strategy and Report are available at SA Power Network Group’s Sustainability page.