UTS along with other major property owners has signed an agreement with the City of Sydney to cut carbon emissions and improve the sustainability of buildings within Australia's largest CBD.
The Sydney Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is an alliance of the City of Sydney and 13 major organisations which collectively own nearly 60 per cent of Sydney’s CBD buildings.It is the first time major property owners in Australia have come together to develop energy, water and waste systems to improve environmental performance precinct-wide.
According to Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Sydney is the most power hungry geographical area in the country and buildings produce nearly a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
"Producing energy locally instead of bringing it in from the Hunter Valley reduces pressure on the state’s ailing electricity infrastructure and future electricity price rises across the State," Ms Moore said.
"Today’s historic partnership will help Sydney businesses reduce their overheads, create opportunities for new businesses and make our city a better place to live and work.
UTS was a key signatory to a memorandum of understanding with the City of Sydney to reduce carbon emissions from its buildings and thereby help the City cut 70 per cent of carbon emissions by 2030 (on 2006 levels).
Nigel Oliver, Director of the UTS Program Management Office, said the University's participation in the initiative was the logical progression of the University’s own commitment to cut it’s own greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 and welcomed the opportunity that the City presented.
"Partnering with the biggest energy users in the CBD is an important step forward for UTS," Mr Oliver said.
"For some years now UTS has been aggressively engaged in introducing sustainability measures across the campus. Our commitment to sustainability is also reflected in the design, planning and delivery of major new projects and building works currently underway as part of the University's billion dollar City Campus Master Plan.
"In March 2011 University of Technology Sydney (UTS) signed a contract with Norman Disney Young and TSA Management to roll-out a $9 million energy efficiency upgrade of its campuses. We aim to achieve an 11 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2012-13, and 30 per cent reduction by 2020-21.
"Making buildings greener is now a basic requirement of large institutions. A large part of the UTS's greenhouse gas emissions comes from electricity and gas use in buildings. Investing In energy efficiencies will pay for itself as time goes by."