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the economy and new developments - this plan could achieve almost half of the City’s emissions target. The Energy Efficiency Master Plan has been prepared with input from government, the building sector, the energy sector and community groups to provide the City with a detailed understanding of current energy performance. TransGrid Managing Director Peter McIntyre applauded the City of Sydney’s decision to support and expand the energyefficiency market. “This plan aligns with TransGrid’s investment in projects to reduce peak electricity demand,” McIntyre said. “Energy-efficiency activities have the potential to reduce the ‘peak’ amount of elec-

The BBP is reducing emissions and bills.

tricity demanded from electricity networks. • developing new energy-efficiency ratings;

centres and libraries for optimum energy

“If energy-efficiency activities can deliver

• increasing minimum performance of

efficiency. These upgrades have reduced

reliable demand reduction at particular times

greenhouse gas emissions across the City’s

of the day, for example, in the late afternoon

buildings by 29% - we now want to see these

on a hot summer’s day when the electrical

savings expanded across the entire city.

network may be approaching capacity, the

new buildings; • improving equity by advocating on behalf of low-income households; and • show by doing, through best practice

“The City is already taking action and

net result could be reduction in network costs for electricity bill-payers.

for City-owned buildings.

working with businesses to reduce emis-

The City has already retrofitted 45 of its

sions through programs including Smart

“Energy efficiency just makes sense,

properties to reduce electricity and water

Green Business, CitySwitch and the Better

saving consumers money while conserving

use and generate operational savings of

Buildings Partnership. We are also working

resources in a carbon-constrained world.”

over $1 million a year.

with residents to inspire and educate them

“We have the most ambitious emis-

through workshops and programs.

The plan forms part of the City’s suite of green infrastructure plans including

sions reductions target of any Australian

“Improving energy efficiency is an im-

renewable energy, advanced waste treat-

government - to cut emissions by 70%

portant and cost-effective area for climate

ment and decentralised water. Together,

by 2030, based on 2006 levels, and take

action and this plan recognises opportunities

the plans create a road map for delivering

significant action on climate change,” the

for energy efficiency across the city’s total

Sustainable Sydney 2030.

Lord Mayor said.

building sector.”

“We are getting our own house in order

Energy has already fallen 5% since

by retrofitting swimming pools, community

2006 despite significant growth in jobs,

The draft plan, on exhibition from 2 March to 4 May, is available for feedback and viewing at: sydneyyoursay.com.au.

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