Events

CitySwitch hosts regular free information sessions, workshops and site tours across Australia for CitySwitch Signatories and their guests. Recent topics have ranged from funding sustainable office upgrades, lighting and data centre technology, through to the benefits of activity based working.

The Greenhouse Sessions

The Greenhouse Sessions

The Greenhouse Sessions are a monthly gathering of influential business leaders, passionate change-makers, experts and people curious to understand how we can leverage emerging technology to save the planet.

Total Facilities Show | 20-21 March 2019

Total Facilities Show | 20-21 March 2019

Today’s facilities are constantly evolving, so make sure you’re up to date with the latest management trends and regulations at Australia’s single most important facilities management event.

Targeting zero waste | Melbourne 2 April | Sydney 4 April

Targeting zero waste | Melbourne 2 April | Sydney 4 April

Targeting zero waste will examine waste management practices, initiatives and innovations and discuss how we can shift current models and adopt circular economy solutions to best manage our resources.

Past events

CitySwitch Sydney: Leading by doing

Tuesday 26 May, 2015
8am-9.30am (Registration from 7.30am. Coffee & light refreshments provided)
EY Australia, Room 33.02, Level 33, 680 George Street, Sydney 


How business can take action in an uncertain policy environment

The business environment continues to evolve, and the opportunities and expectations for businesses in addressing climate change are no different. Innovative businesses are embracing the challenge of addressing climate change as an opportunity to evolve their own business processes, and to engage with their customers. In the lead-up to the international climate conference in Paris this December (COP21), there is an increasing focus on the role and opportunity for business to take a leadership position on climate change. While the broad international political consensus over limiting global warming to two degrees exists, the policies to deliver this ambition continue to evolve both domestically and internationally.

Join this free CitySwitch event to find out how your business can demonstrate leadership on climate change in the current climate policy environment and the practical actions being taken by those businesses that are leading by doing.

The Café Series will focus on:

  • Australia’s climate change policy landscape
  • The global context to climate policy
  • evelopments in Australian and international energy markets
  • The changing energy market and what this means for your business
  • Why businesses need to stand up and be counted
  • How you can send a strong message to your customers and our politicians that good business is sustainable business.

Speakers

Dr Graham Sinden - Senior Manager: Climate Change & Sustainability Services, EY Australia
What is the climate policy landscape and what are the opportunities for business?


Graham has over 18 years’ experience in energy, climate and wider sustainability issues including significant international experience. Graham is a doctoral-level scientist with published research in renewable energy and emissions pricing, and a leading expert on energy efficiency with particular expertise in macro-economic assessment of national energy efficiency programs, sector-based efficiency opportunities, and finance models for delivering energy efficiency. Graham will provide an overview of the current Australian climate change environment, including the outcomes of the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction which took place on the 16-17 April. He will also speak about the renewable energy market in Australia, as well as emerging opportunities for business sustainability such as through Green Bonds.

Hugh Bromley – Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
How is the energy market changing and how does this affect business?


Hugh’s experience covers current and future energy system developments including solar and storage integration, to business and financing models for distributed technologies, and the changing demand paradigm. Hugh’s presentation will give participants an overview of the latest investment trends in large-scale renewables and distributed energy and how utilities in Australia and around the world are adapting to the changing dynamics. Taking this into consideration, Hugh will provide insight into how business is best placed to take a leadership role in shaping the future of Australia’s energy market.


Monica Richter - Climate Change Business & Industry Engagement Manager, WWF
How can business show leadership on climate change?


Monica is an economist and Social Ecologist with 23 years post-graduate experience in environmental policy and advocacy with business and government. In conjunction with CDP, the UN Global Compact and the World Resources Institute, WWF are inspiring businesses to set greenhouse gas emission targets that are in line with climate science. Monica’s presentation will reveal the importance of shifting the decision framework for corporate sustainability goals from cost saving and company reputation to a science-based approach. Adopting a science-based approach is an opportunity for companies to truly revolutionise the current pace of change and become leaders in their field. Drawing from CDP data the presentation will highlight the benefits that companies’ already taking strides in this area have achieved.


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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.