The world is embarking on a momentous transition. We saw it declared in Paris at the end of 2015 – an historic agreement signed to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

In Australia, the government, at least at a federal level, is sticking its head in the sand, but that’s not the smart move. An increasing number of players – businesses, precincts, cities and entire states – are committing to carbon neutrality, with a keen eye on the financial and reputational benefits that can follow.

While many property owners have undertaken significant energy efficiency projects, greatly reducing the amount of energy being used in their operations, there’s now an opportunity to do much more to help with the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

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In this ebook – our latest in the Greening Your Office series we’re producing in collaboration with CitySwitch – we’ll discuss how commercial property owners and tenants can switch to renewable energy. We canvass the vast and rapid changes underway in technology, financial services, regulatory systems and service delivery that make the goal of net zero not only possible, but an attractive business proposition.

And we’re talking about today, not 50 years down the track.

Through onsite renewables, offsite procurement of renewable energy and offsetting remaining emissions through the purchase of carbon credits, businesses can be part of the environmental, social and economic benefits of a low-carbon economy.

Smart businesses are reading the signs and responding to the absolute necessity of limiting the effects of climate change. They know we can’t wait around for governments to act. Now is the time to lead.

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