In a major milestone for switched-on Australian companies, commercial floor space covered by the CitySwitch Green Office program has now topped two million square metres.
The office energy-efficiency program now represents about 12 per cent of all Australia’s CBD office space with the addition of two new Brisbane tenancies for long-standing program member, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
The Commonwealth Bank has reached national signatory status with CitySwitch tenancies in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide. The group has reduced carbon emissions by 20 per cent as a direct result of energy-efficiency measures, including replacing lights, and introducing automated switch-off technology for computers.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore commended Commonwealth Bank for helping CitySwitch reach this impressive milestone, which represents commercial offices nationwide committed to a greener, cleaner Australia.
“This is a terrific milestone that represents a real commitment from the big end of town,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Around 80 per cent of the emissions from cities come from commercial office buildings. City owners and office tenants are stepping up to make a difference and CitySwitch has set a new standard for business leadership.
”Our CitySwitch members are slashing carbon emissions and at the same time helping their bottom line by making significant savings on power bills.”
The program currently has 473 offices on board with signatories making a commitment to develop a structured pathway to energy efficiency, with a target of a 4-star or above performance rating using industry-recognised tool, NABERS Energy.
The Federal Government's Energy Efficiency Information Grant received earlier this year has allowed the program to extend its reach beyond Australia’s capital cities to encourage sign-ups in more regional areas. Organisations joining or bringing in new offices into the program from around the country include consultants WT Partnership (signing on their ACT, Brisbane and Adelaide offices), GHD (who have added offices in Mildura, Morewell and Geelong in Victoria to the network), NSW Juvenile Justice in Sydney and small businesses such as Pidcock Architects in The Rocks, Sydney.
The program’s environmental leaders will be showcased at the CitySwitch National Awards in Sydney on 27 November.