Sydney sets its sights on a sustainable future

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The City of Sydney’s new Renewable Energy Master Plan – the first of its kind in Australia – has been welcomed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

“We support the City of Sydney’s commitment to practical action, which will reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment, and secure Sydney’s place as a truly sustainable world city,” says the GBCA’s Chief Operating Officer, Robin Mellon.

“We are particularly pleased to see the City of Sydney up-scaling building-level solutions to its neighbourhoods, precincts and communities, identifying alternatives to traditional grid energy and harnessing waste products. 

“These are cost-effective and sustainable solutions that represent real leadership and vision, and which will help the City of Sydney to reach its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

“The Plan supports improved efficiencies within the city and improved economic outcomes for the community,” Mr Mellon adds.

The City of Sydney is a long-term member of the Green Building Council of Australia and sponsor of Green Star rating tools for communities and multi-unit residential dwellings.  It has also rolled out a number of Australian-first programs including the Better Buildings Partnership, an alliance with Sydney’s major landlords representing over 50 per cent of commercial office space in the inner city, which aims to cut carbon emissions and save energy, water and waste through a range of initiatives.

“The GBCA supports the forward-thinking nature of the City of Sydney’s work and its commitment to leadership, a more productive urban economy and better environmental outcomes.

“We look forward to working in partnership with the City of Sydney to achieve a more efficient, healthy, productive, resilient and sustainable city,” Mr Mellon concludes.