The Sydney Opera House has teamed with EnergyAustralia to help deliver its Environmental Sustainability Plan that includes achieving Net Zero by 2023.

The partnership comes after the Opera House revealed its plan in August last year to achieve carbon neutrality, a 5-Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia and 14 per cent energy savings.

The partnership will collaborate with the CSIRO to develop a new industry think tank that will not only enable the Opera House to achieve its sustainability goals but also become the leader in testing emerging technologies that could potentially be adopted by Australian organisations and households.

NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities & Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the partnership will set a new standard for heritage buildings and encourage the broad adoption of cleaner energy solutions.

“Partnerships such as this one will be key to securing a more sustainable future for Australia.”

The first think tank targeted sustainable and cost-effective ways to manage the Opera House’s peak energy use and optimise performance, with a number of other potential projects identified, including:

  • On-site storage energy systems: Installing battery or fuel cell technology to provide on-site generation and energy storage to manage fluctuating energy consumption.
  • Big data: Investigating CSIRO fault-detection technology to monitor and moderate temperature throughout the Opera House by drawing on multiple data sources. This project would reduce the Opera House’s energy consumption and cost.
  • Peer-to-peer renewable energy sharing: An opportunity for EnergyAustralia’s residential customers to ‘donate’ some of the benefits of the renewable (solar) energy generated on their roofs to the Opera House, thereby reducing the building’s net carbon footprint and electricity costs.

The Opera House aims to finalise its Net Zero strategy and associated projects later this year.