City Of Sydney Switching From Carbon Offsets To Renewable Energy

The City of Sydney has announced ambitious plans to incorporate more renewable energy capacity in the City’s properties as an alternative to purchasing GreenPower carbon offsets.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the proposal will be considered tonight and recommends reinvesting the $2 million a year spent on GreenPower into renewable energy systems for its own buildings and operations.
Solar projects under consideration include an installation at Customs House at Circular Quay and other council buildings such as depots, aquatic centres and various community facilities.
“The City purchased green power carbon offsets in the past as an interim measure as we were developing our low and zero carbon energy programs. Now these projects are underway, investing this money in renewable energy for our own buildings will accelerate emission reductions while maintaining our carbon neutral status,” Ms Moore said.
The City of Sydney will also be retiring its Renewable Energy Certificates to help push Australia beyond the Federal Government’s 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target.
The City has already made a solid start – earlier this year, 240 Suntech Pluto solar panels were installed on the heritage-listed Sydney Town Hall, which are now generating up to 48 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy each day.
Another 14 sites across the City of Sydney, including community sports centres, depots and child care centres, have been fitted with either grid connect solar power or solar hot water systems. The projects have not only made headway in reducing the City’s carbon dioxide emissions, but has also resulted in annual electricity cost savings of $30,000.
Under its Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, the City has goals of sourcing at least 25 per cent of power used in the LGA from renewable energy as part of its bigger target of reducing carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 from 2006 levels.
Learn more about the Sustainable Sydney initiative.