Replace with renewables

Replace with renewables

Cleaning up your energy is easy – and CitySwitch can show you how.

We've gathered the knowledge and tools to help you understand and embrace renewable energy.

Renewable energy is produced using natural resources that never run out. Solar, wind and hydropower and three of the most common, but other renewable energy sources include geothermal, bioenergy or ocean energy.

Learn how onsite renewables, like solar photovoltaics, can help you cut energy costs and drive efficiencies through your business.

And discover how offsite solutions, such as purchasing energy through large-scale wind or solar, can deliver environmental, financial and social benefits.

 

Key resources

Distributed energy in the property - today's opportunities

Distributed energy in the property - today's opportunities

This guide, Distributed energy in the property sector – today’s opportunities, was developed by the Property Council and Clean Energy Finance Corporation to give building owners and managers insights into benefits and payback periods of clean energy technologies.

Commercial Strata: Solar PV factsheet

It's time for strata to join the renewable energy transition.  Find out how and why installing solar PV is the smart business decision by downloading this factsheet.
 

Battery storage for business

Battery storage for business

Presentation from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage about battery storage for business and making the energy transition possible.

WWF-Australia's position statement on carbon offsets

WWF-Australia's position statement on carbon offsets

This paper highlights that properly designed and implemented carbon offsets reduce carbon pollution.

Latest findings for Corporate Power Purchase agreements

This report explains contract structures, markets and challenges for corporate power purchase agreements. 

On-site renewable energy

On-site renewable energy

If your business has space for solar and is looking to reduce its energy bills then on-site renewable energy could be for you.

Direct corporate purchase of renewable energy

Direct corporate purchase of renewable energy

Find out about WWF's Renewable Energy Buyers Forum.

GreenPower - affordable renewable energy

GreenPower - affordable renewable energy

GreenPower is where electricity is purchased on your behalf from a renewable energy generator. 

Offset your carbon

Offset your carbon

Carbon offsetting is an immediate and measurable way for your business to cut emissions.

Latest news

Raising the bar

As we work towards our 'must get' position (net zero) and beyond to our 'want to get' position (carbon positive) the commerical office sector needs to increase its ambition and urgency. Accordingly, we are raising the bar by increasing the targets for signatories move towards. CitySwitch’s vision of best practice is that office-based businesses:

  • commit to switching to 100% renewable energy by 2021
  • commit to achieving a 5-star NABERS energy rating
  • make a plan by 2021 to achieve net zero before 2050.

We know many existing signatories have developed new strategies and goals and we’re asking everyone to update us on their commitments.

New options in the ‘Manage My Info’ section of the portal will allow you to refresh your targets.

Even if you’re at the start of the best-practice journey, the refreshing your commitment can be a catalyst for gaining support and developing a more ambitious plan. Importantly, it also lets CitySwitch to advocate for energy efficiency, renewables, wellness and carbon positive places and services.

As always, your CitySwitch Program Manager is here to help so please contact us if you have any questions.



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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.