Retrofit : Retrofit Volume 1 2012
20 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 2012 | Profile: City of Sydney The City of Sydney has long held aspirations for its local government area to become more green, global and connected. The Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan sets out council’s aim to create for its residents a place where the environment matters, the economy thrives, art and culture are encouraged and supported, and people feel at home. In establishing its priorities, the City spoke to its residents about their visions for the future of Sydney, and a staggering 97 per cent of people expressed a desire for council to address global warming. Consequently, the predominant theme of the 2030 vision is for a green city. Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore MP, says: ‘Just as the industrial revolution transformed the world in the 19th century, a new green revolution is set to transform the 21st century. As a progressive and forward-looking city, we need to be ready for the transition to a new green economy with new values and priorities. ‘With sustainability as a central focus, the 2030 vision addresses global warming through the three big levers of building emissions, transport and energy [generation]. ‘As the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, cities are also the source of the biggest savings, and the key to achieving post-Kyoto emission reduction targets.’ A major target of Sustainable Sydney 2030 is to reduce carbon emissions by 70 per cent, compared to 2006 levels, by the year 2030 – one of the most ambitious carbon reduction targets in Australia. The City recognises the significant contribution of existing buildings to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and outlines in objective 2.3(a) of the plan its intention to improve the environmental performance of its existing buildings through retrofitting. In June 2009, the City of Sydney’s Property Division set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s property portfolio by 48 per cent by 2012. After implementing small energy efficiency measures that led to an 18.1 per cent reduction in emissions in 2010–11, it was decided A city mission The City of Sydney’s existing buildings shape up for energy efficiency The City of Sydney is setting an exemplary standard for other Australian councils, commencing a major retrofit program in an impressive bid to make the city’s buildings more energy and water efficient. Gemma Peckham reports.
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