06 Jun 2014

Sydney celebrates first carbon-neutral city title in Australia amidst World Environment Day celebrations

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The City of Sydney is celebrating World Environment Day on a high, and for good reason.

In the past two years, the local government has retrofitted Town Hall House, Customs House, swimming pools, community centres, libraries and its car parks in a bid to reduce its electricity, water use and carbon emissions. These initiatives and achievements have led it to become Australia’s first carbon neutral government.

Meanwhile, Sydney has also enjoyed recent green building success in the private sector, including the acclaimed skyscraper, One Central Park , which has achieved a 5 star Green Star rating.

“The City has replaced more than 2,500 street lights with more efficient LEDs. When all the City’s 6,450 street lights are replaced, the project will save up to $800,000 in electricity bills and maintenance a year and reduce energy use from street lighting by nearly 45 per cent,” Said Moore. Image: City of Sydney.

“We’re replacing street lights with LEDs, retrofitting our buildings for water, waste and energy efficiency, installing solar across our buildings as part of Australia’s largest rooftop solar project and increasing the City’s tree canopy by 50 per cent,” she said.

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