The two-year retrofit program included Town Hall House, Customs House, swimming pools, community centres, libraries and car parks. It has cut the City’s electricity use by about 6.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year – enough to supply about 1000 households annually – and saved an estimated $1.1 million per year in power bills.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the community-driven mission for a greener and cleaner Sydney involved residents, businesses and the City’s own operations taking significant action on global warming.
‘More than 90 per cent of Sydneysiders told us they wanted action on climate change. Through our careful planning and investment we are making significant progress,’ the Lord Mayor said.
‘The City of Sydney is leading through example, getting our own house in order while at the same time doing the research and planning that can unlock clean energy for the rest of our community.’
The City of Sydney is Australia’s first carbon-neutral government and has already reduced carbon emissions in its own buildings and operations by 20 per cent since 2006. The City’s target for emissions reduction for 2016 is 26 per cent below 2006 levels.