Clover Moore at last year’s CitySwitch awards.

20 November 2013 — CitySwitch has reached a milestone, with two million square metres now covered by the energy efficiency program.

The CitySwitch Green Office Program now represents about 12 per cent of Australia’s CBD office space, with the recent addition of two new Brisbane-based tenancies for the Commonwealth Bank, which has reduced carbon emissions by 20 per cent as a direct result of energy efficiency measures over its 296,000 square metres of covered space.

“This is a terrific milestone that represents a real commitment from the big end of town,” City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

”Our CitySwitch members are slashing carbon emissions and at the same time helping their bottom line by making significant savings on power bills.”

Some of the highlights from the big end of town include CBRE, which has signed up 22 offices across six states (16,000 sq m), AECOM, which has signed up seven offices across five states (35,000sq m) and Norton Rose Fulbright, which has signed up five offices across five states (24,515 sq m).

The program currently has 473 offices on board with signatories having made a commitment to develop a structured pathway to energy efficiency, with a target of a 4 star NABERS Energy rating.

Signatories that have signed up nationally are: CBA, WT Sustainability, CBRE, ISIS (who have signed up Darwin’s first tenancy), Savills, Colliers and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Going regional

The program recently was awarded $1 million in funding to go both national and regional, through the previous federal government’s Energy Efficiency Information Grants program.

Since acquiring the EEIG, the program has had an additional 194,000 sq m of regional office space join the network, made up of 111 tenancies, the majority of which are located in regional Victoria.

Regional areas now account for 22 per cent of net lettable area under the program.

The program’s leaders will be showcased at the CitySwitch National Awards in Sydney on 27 November.