Left to right: Manager sustainability for City of Melbourne, Krista Milne; associate director of RMIT Centre for Design, Alan Pears; general manager of corporate sustainability, Investa (a BBP member) Beck Dawson.

12 December 2013 — It’s a tie! The cities of Sydney and Melbourne have been named joint winners of the Best Energy Saving Program award at last week’s Energy Efficiency Council awards, providing no new fuel for Australia’s largest cities’ rivalry.

The City of Melbourne was awarded for its 1200 Buildings program, which encourages building owners, managers and facility managers to improve the energy, water and waste efficiency of commercial buildings in Melbourne. The program was an integral part of Melbourne winning global recognition for its energy efficient built environment at the City Climate Leadership awards this year.

The City of Sydney was awarded for the Better Buildings Partnership, a partnership between the City and major property players in Sydney’s CBD, which similarly aims to improve energy, water and waste efficiency of Sydney’s existing buildings. It has delivered a 31 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared with a 2005/06 baseline), abating 94,000 tonnes of CO2 and saving $25 million a year.

BBP has also collaborated with The Fifth Estate to produce The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness, a resource on best practice and green commercial leases.

“This win is the result of strong leadership combined with a proactive approach and it proves businesses can help the environment as well as their bottom line by reducing their power use and energy bills,” City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

Rob Murray-Leach, chief executive of the Energy Efficiency Council, said the awards recognised the incredible work of many dedicated professionals.

Other winners were:

  • Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project: Exergy Australia and Quintessential Group for 87 Marsden St, Parramatta, NSW
  • Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project: Minus 40 and Fonterra for the Fonterra Wagga Wagga Refrigeration Plant Upgrade
  • Best Cogeneration or District Energy Project: Qantas and GridX Power for the Qantas Mascot Trigeneration Project
  • Leading Energy User (a joint Energy Efficiency Council and EUAA Award): DEXUS
  • Best Demand Response Project: TransGrid and EnerNOC for the Transgrid Sydney Inner Metro DR Program