Changing Planet

Sydney Retrofit Program will Save Energy and Money

This week, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced the start of a major retrofit project throughout the City of Sydney’s 45 properties designed to make them more water and energy efficient.

This two-year, $6.9 million project will ultimately return a savings of $1 million a year to the city as electricity use is cut by about 6.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a year and water consumption falls by about 53,300 kiloliters per year. All told, these efficiencies will add up to reduce the City’s carbon emissions by more than 12 percent.

How do these massive savings happen? In some cases, it’s as easy as switching out old lights for new energy efficient bulbs. In others, some buildings will receive new heating and air-conditioning systems and specialized systems to manage the electricity use of computers. Water-saving devices like aerated tap and shower heads will help reduce water usage.

“Our approach is to show by doing – we’re showing you can cut bottom line costs and seriously reduce your impact on the environment. It’s a win-win,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore in a press release issued by the City of Sydney.

You can read more about the City’s project here.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.
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