- City of Sydney
It’s a free program thanks to the support of council partners and NABERS. We’re currently funded by the Cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, North Sydney, Waverley, Yarra and Ballarat.
CitySwitch was founded in 2005 and initially focused on increasing the energy efficiency of offices. The program has since expanded to support businesses on their entire journey to net zero emissions.
In addition to providing resources to help businesses decarbonise, we work with State and Commonwealth governments to ensure policies support businesses to achieve net zero emissions.
CitySwitch aligns with the University of Oxford’s definition of net zero.
This means CitySwitch members act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and then ensure hard-to-avoid emissions are balanced by offsets.
There is a difference between achieving net zero emissions and carbon neutrality. We emphasise carbon offsets should be purchased as a last resort only for emissions you can’t avoid. We categorise emissions based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s ‘scoped’ approach. Businesses aiming for net zero should attempt to cover all 3 scopes.
CitySwitch members must report on their progress along the net zero pathway each year. We also celebrate business demonstrating exemplary performance through our annual showcase.
We’re a collective of passionate individuals working across different councils and industry associations.