Respond with renewables

Respond 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.


If you would like further information contact: Zoe Baker, CitySwitch Program Manager 

on 02 9265 9609 or

Key resources

Positive Power posters

Positive Power posters

Download the Power Positive posters for your office and help to switch to GreenPower.

Positive Power digital resources

Positive Power digital resources

We've made it easy to promote Positive Power, with these digital banners, social media and digital lift creative.

Journey to becoming carbon neutral for SME's

This case study by dsquared consulting shares insights to becoming carbon neutral for as a small to medium enterprise.

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. 

Financing for on-site renewable energy

Financing for on-site renewable energy

Find out about financing options for your on-site renewable energy project.

Direct corporate purchase of renewable energy

Direct corporate purchase of renewable energy

The (BRC-A) knowledge bank has a number of guides that have been prepared by industry experts in corporate PPAs and with support from the WWF-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.

The Fifth Estate ebook: Renewable Energy

The Fifth Estate ebook: Renewable Energy

In collaboration with CitySwitch, The Fifth Estate has released a free ebook about renewable energy.

Advocating for change

Advocating for change

Tell us your renewables goals by completing this short survey. 

Latest news

Back to the Workplace

Back to My Healthy Happy Workplace event - held 25th March 2021

Organised by The Fifth Estate and supported by CitySwitch. 

Key speakers from Dexus were Chris Alcock and Daniel Quinn

When COVID-19 hit our shores in March 2020 we all discovered what ‘resilience’ really meant.  As a result of lockdowns and other strategies, March (and many other months) meant offices were empty and a lot of us asked “Is this the death of the office?”.   This was an important question, so Dexus did some research between April and June 2020 to find out.  They ran three surveys across a variety of sectors covering 368 organisations across 28 industries and 7,647 people responded.  This is what they found out. 

There were three key findings.

#1 We discovered that virtual working actually works.

  • Video conferencing was considered a game changer.  People took to virtual working and working remotely.  Mass adaption in a short timeframe was remarkable.
  • Only 36% considered access to hardcopy information to be important when working from home (WFH)
  • Easy transition once everyone got used to it
  • Some struggled – key determinant was pre-lockdown technology adoption.

In relation to returning to work many will be wondering, will we revert to the old ways, or is our working life going forward going to embrace new approaches and ways of working?   It seems the latter is most likely.

#2 The office is as important as ever.

The survey found that 80% of people missed being the office for a variety of different reasons.  Those reasons included:

  • Professional and social interaction
  • Building culture
  • Learning and development
  • Fostering innovation
  • Business development
  • Client interactions

But will everyone go back?  It seems that 77% expect to continue to work primarily in the office post lockdown, but many also prefer to work remotely.   Which has the workplace team rethinking office space.  If people want to be here for professional and social interaction, learning and other active engagement activities, does the current office desk, office and space set up facilitate that as best possible?  Probably not.

#3 Its clear the future is a blend of physical and virtual

Most survey respondents wanted WFH to continue as it provided more choice and flexibility.  Seventy-three pre cent want to WFH at least 1 day a week, 49% executives thought response would be lower, 24% want to WFH more than 2 days a week.

Blending the work environment seems to be the preferred way forward.  According to Dexus, the blended office has potential to deliver:

  • Improved talent attraction and retention
  • Increased flexibility
  • Reduced commuting time
  • Ability to attract, retain and support talent regardless of geographic location
  • Wellbeing benefits balancing work/life (and family) commitments

But that will bring some challenges such as:

  • Overcoming WFH inertia, concerns about COVID-19 and justifying commute
  • Providing reassurance about health and wellbeing
  • Making strategic decisions at time of continuing uncertainty
  • Understanding how to determine and implement a blended strategy in existing environment.

So organisations will need to answer:

  • How many people need to be in the office for it to be worthwhile and how can that be achieved.
  • How can we achieve consistency for remote working?
  • To what extent can the individual’s location, performance and health be monitored and self-managed?
  • How can new starters be on-boarded, settled and supported effectively?
  • How do you build and maintain a culture with a large number of remote workers?
  • How will the office manager role need to change to adapts to a blended workplace environment?

And management need to be aware that adaptation needs to work at various levels:

  • Organisation – shareholder value, recruitment, industry leadership, brand and culture, technology.
  • Business team – Leadership, team dynamics, productivity, customer experience, learning and mentoring
  • Individuals – engagement, retention, motivation, wellbeing

Getting this right will take some experimentation, but it should be done.


Making the comeback – returning to work safely and effectively

What needs to happen now and how do you transform the workplace to a place people actually want to come into?  That raises more questions such as?

  • How to avoid an empty office (i.e. staff come in but none of their team is there or the office is empty)?
  • How do you give them confidence that making the trip will be worthwhile?
  • How do you assume them that it’s safe from COVID-19?

Some ideas include:

Making sure the office is occupied – get attendance projections right (preferences, scheduling, monitoring, management), create collaborative and individual space, curate activities and connections that make it worthwhile.  That won’t be easy, but the office is a significant business investment and it needs careful planning, resources, change management, monitoring and being prepared to experiment.

Reviewing existing office environment and rethink how it works – there could be lots of opportunities to revamp and use existing space differently.  Does the workplace reflect your organisations values and culture? Does it create a place that people feel they belong in and value?   Does your technology support you the way it needs to?  Does the workplace assure health and wellbeing of people in the office?   Are you optimising the workplace experience for your people? 


In Conclusion

We now find ourselves with the unusual opportunity to make a profound and long lasting difference to organisation and people, and there is so much you can do with your existing workplace to start this journey.   

Watch the webinar to see what Dexus has done to change their workplace.  It provides an excellent example and food for thought.  There were also interesting sessions on the impact of lighting and acoustics in the office. 

You can Watch the full recording here


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.