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Innovation competition to reduce Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions

Melbourne Water
Tags: Climate change, Greenhouse gas, Emissions, Wastewater, Optimisation, Computer modelling, Environment
Anticipated Funding: A$200,000
Deadline for submissions: December 3, 2018
Last Updated: October 11, 2018 4:20 AM
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The Challenge

Passionate about fighting climate change? We invite you to join our contest for innovative ways to reduce or eliminate Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) from our wastewater treatment plants.This competition gives you the opportunity to submit your ideas to work with Melbourne Water on reducing emissions and share in a funding pool totalling $200,000 if your idea is selected.

Types of submissions we’re looking for


Ideas are welcome in:


Emissions measurement and modelling, for example: 

  • atmospheric measurement of emissions from the treatment plants
  • measurement of dissolved methane and nitrous oxide in wastewater
  • process computer modelling and identifying key influences on emissions


Optimisation of existing wastewater treatment processes, for example:  

  • process covers, emission capture and treatment
  • real-time control system for process optimisation to minimise emissions
  • alternative process configurations
  • side-stream nutrient removal that result in emission reduction


Wastewater treatment processes of the future, for example:  

  • decoupling nitrogen removal from aerobic processes
  • algae processes
  • decentralised treatment
  • anaerobic processes

Evaluation criteria

We’ll evaluate submissions on:

  • being conceptually and technically sound
  • the solution’s effectiveness in measuring, capturing and/or reducing Scope 1 emissions 
  • the solution’s relevance and ease of integration into the existing infrastructure and/or operations of  Melbourne Water’s Eastern and Western Treatment Plants
  • any added value provided by the proposed solution
  • the financial viability of the proposed solution
  • the entrant’s track record and/or experience

Competition programme

  • Entrants submit ideas
  • the Competition Jury will select the top top ideas (up to 5)
  • these entrants will be engaged to produce a Detailed Solution for a fee of $10,000 each
  • the Competition Jury will select the best Detailed Solution(s) (up to 5)
  • the remaining funding pool ($150,000) will be allocated to the winners to undertake scopes of work as defined in their Detailed Solutions and in consultation with Melbourne Water

Eligibility Criteria

This is a two-stage competition that opens on 22 October 2018 and ideas must be submitted before 5pm on 3 December 2018.

Submission process:

  • All ideas will be assessed by the Competition Jury on merit according to the evaluation criteria.  
  • Shortlisted entrants will be announced in February 2019. These selected entrants will be invited to submit a Detailed Solution.
  • The final winners will be announced in mid-2019. 

Register your early interest in participating in the competition by emailing innovationcontest@melbournewater.com.au. 

We will let you know via email and this page when the competition officially opens to applicants.

Terms and conditions

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How to apply

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