2 November 2010 – CitySwitch, the energy savings program for businesses that started in Sydney and has now spread nationally, recognised its best corporate performers in an inaugural award ceremony last night Sydney Town Hall, on the same day that the nation came to terms with the start of the new mandatory disclosure regime.
Key property players, one from the agency and consultancy side – Jones Lang La Salle – and the other a leading national developer – Stockland – took out the top NSW awards, with national winners expected to follow later in the year.
Jones Lang LaSalle won the CitySwitch NSW Signatory of the Year for tenancies under 2000 square metres for achieving a five-star NABERS Energy tenancy rating for three of its Sydney offices, a full one star higher than its CitySwitch commitment and achieved without the use of GreenPower.
Award judges commended Jones Lang LaSalle for its exceptional level of involvement in the CitySwitch program, demonstrating a consistently high standard of office energy efficiency across its portfolio.
Stockland was awarded the CitySwitch NSW Signatory of the Year for tenancies of more than 2000 sq m, the company having achieved a five star NABERS Energy tenancy rating for its Sydney head office, the first rating to include a trigeneration plant. The judges said that Stockland, a signatory since 2006, demonstrated clear leadership through innovation, a dedicated commitment to the pursuit of office energy efficiency and an ability to find creative solutions without the use of GreenPower.
Lord Mayor Mayor Clover Moore delivered a progress report on a campaign, which included its launch in 2006 in an initial partnership between the City of Sydney, North Sydney Council, Parramatta City Council, Willoughby City Council and the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water to a national launch in June 2008 and was now Australia’s leading office energy efficiency program..
Today said Ms Moore, CitySwitch Signatories in NSW represent over 850,000 square metres of office space across 115 office tenancies creating saving of about 10,400 tonnes of carbon a year.
Guests included GPT’s Rosemary Kirkby and Bruce Precious, Robin Mellon from the Green Building Council and Gavin Gilchrist of Big Switch and Joel Quintal who was recently appointed new director of sustainability, Australia, for Jones Lang LaSalle.
CitySwitch companies nominated for achievements on the night included:
4 star achievement
DEXUS Property Group
Mitchell Communication Group
NSW Fire Brigades
4 star achievement – without GreenPower
AMP Capital Investors
Norton Rose Australia
4.5 star achievement
NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water
4.5 star achievement – without GreenPower
Norman Disney & Young
5 star achievements
Allens Arthur Robinson
Big Switch Projects
Gilbert + Tobin
NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
NSW Office of Water
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
The GPT Group
Willoughby City Council
Zurich Financial Services
5 star achievements – without GreenPower
AMP Capital Investors
Investa Property Group
Jones Lang LaSalle
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors