Why join the program?

Why join the program?

A snowball effect is forming with the multitude of net-zero commitments being made nationally and globally.

Business of all sizes and sectors are recognising the impact of climate change on their business and are acting. 75% percent of Australia CxOs say their companies are very concerned about climate change, but most don’t know where to start*.

The CitySwitch net zero pathway will guide your business through the challenge of reducing emissions. It’s a national program but delivered locally through participating Councils and provides access to a network of active business leaders who share learnings and successes.

In FY21 CitySwitch signatories collectively saved $62 million. While the financial savings are impressive, there are many reasons why businesses sign up to CitySwitch.

The benefits of CitySwitch include:

  • Guidance from a local program manager (in participating Council areas).

  • Free online resources with a practical and learning-based approach. This is centred around three campaigns a year involving practical toolkits, case studies and engagement tools.

  • National Lunch and Learns delivered online alongside net zero campaign resources.

  • Financial assistance towards the cost of NABERS ratings, as well as advice and insight into incentives and other finance options for energy investment.

  • Demonstrate your sustainability leadership, with 600+ Signatories proudly using the CitySwitch logo.

  • Regular local meetups and networking events.

  • Annual awards that celebrate, inspire and reward leadership and achievement.

  • Access to a network of active environmental leaders who share their successes, lessons and challenges.

  • Promote your services to other members, creating a competitive advantage.

 

*Deloitte 2022 CxO Sustainability Report

 

Is your business eligible?

 

 

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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.