Become a council partner

Become a council partner

CitySwitch helps councils around Australia to improve the energy and waste efficiency of office-based businesses in their municipalities.

Our established and trusted platform can help your council connect with this hard-to-reach audience.

More than 800 businesses have joined the CitySwitch program, driving down emissions and helping councils move towards a carbon positive future.

By partnering with us, you can:

  • Understand the emissions profiles of businesses within your municipality
     
  • Help people working in council offices and local businesses to identify, baseline, prioritise and implement reduction strategies
  • Access a highly-experienced program manager with NABERS qualifications to help local businesses to improve energy and waste efficiency
  • ​Communicate with businesses in the program through our dynamic website, marketing collateral and regular communications
  • ​Demonstrate your support of local businesses that move towards carbon positive
  • ​Work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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NSW innovators to participate in the world’s biggest green business ideas competition.

Climate-KIC Australia today launched the Australian 2019 edition of the world’s largest green business ideas competition, ClimateLaunchpad.

With opportunities for Australian applicants in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, ClimateLaunchpad is set up to help aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups grow their cleantech ideas into global businesses.

Globally, ClimateLaunchpad brings in clean-technology and green business ideas from over 50 countries across 5 continents. The program is part of the entrepreneurship offerings of Climate-KIC Australia’s collaboration partner the European Union’s innovation initiative for climate change, EIT Climate-KIC.

The competition looks for anyone with an innovation idea in renewable energy, energy efficiency, food and agriculture, water, transportation, industrial technology or any other way to tackle climate change. Whether an idea is still on the back of a napkin or a fledged early stage start-up, everyone is most welcome to apply.

In New South Wales, selected applicants are provided with rigorous training at an intensive two-day Boot Camp, led by a renowned European entrepreneur and start-up trainer. Leading teams are also given mentoring from industry leaders and former participants, culminating in a National Pitch Final in October, with the top two competitors joining the Global Grand Final in November 2019.

The competition will be co-led by EnergyLab in Sydney, a climate innovation centre focused on supporting new businesses and technological initiatives that move Australia towards 100% clean energy solutions.

 “We have been partnering with Climate-KIC Australia for several years now, and we’ve seen such a great quality of high-impact ideas coming out of the ClimateLaunchpad program,” said Piers Grove, Chair at EnergyLab. “It really speaks to the enormous potential we have right here in our local community to generate world-changing solutions to climate change.”

The two most promising start-ups from each state will then compete in the National Finals in October, with the top two competitors joining the other winners from all competing countries in the Global Grand Pitch Final in November 2019.

Global Finalists present their ideas to an audience of start-up accelerator programs, angel investors and professional networks that can help them kick-start their businesses and expose them to the global market. The world’s top-10 best ideas win access to the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator program. The overall winner of the Global Grand Pitch Final also receives a cash prize of €10,000 (about AU$16,000), the runner up gets €5,000 (~ AU$8,000) and the team that comes in third place wins €2,500 (~ AU$4,000).

“ClimateLaunchpad was a complete gamechanger for us. We went from having what we thought was a pretty solid idea, to a fully-fledged plan for taking our product to market, which has enabled us to commence our seed funding round, with a really promising outlook”  – Cesira Leigh, Founder of Sunovate, ClimateLaunchpad 2018 Australian winner.

Information about ClimateLaunchpad, how to enter the competition and updates are available at https://climate-kic.org.au/our-programs/launchpad/



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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.