Media Release – August 2013
Net Balance Foundation is working alongside the City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, City of Perth and other partner councils to expand the reach and depth of the well-established CitySwitch energy efficiency program, thanks to funding received from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism through the Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) program.
The objective of the EEIG program is to engage, encourage and empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations to make informed decisions about energy efficiency.
CitySwitch is the only established national energy efficiency program targeting commercial office tenants. Signatories commit to achieving a minimum 4-star NABERS energy rating for their offices. There are currently over 430 tenancies from 378 different organisations signed up to the program.
The funding obtained by the Net Balance Foundation will be used to extend the benefits of CitySwitch to a broader small and medium enterprise (SME) audience, targeting suburban and regional centres beyond the current reach of the program.
CitySwitch program coordinator Esther Bailey from the City of Sydney said the extra money could transform CitySwitch. ‘This new funding provides a huge opportunity to commercial office tenants around Australia to join our existing network of businesses that are reaping the benefits of energy efficiency’.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said ‘the extra funds would allow the CitySwitch Green Office program to expand into new areas and help reduce Australia’s global emissions’.
Terence Jeyaretnam, Executive Director of Net Balance agrees, saying ‘the CitySwitch program is closely aligned with Net Balance’s ambition to enable and accelerate resilience, efficiency and innovation through sustainability in organisations right around Australia, irrespective of their size and financial capacity. We are excited to partner with CitySwitch, and work with the Federal Government to help expand the depth and reach of CitySwitch to Regional Australia.’
Companies and organisations including Merrill Lynch, Leighton Holdings, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and the Australian Nurses Federation are among those that have recently joined the CitySwitch Green Office program and are now enjoying the benefits.
Any organisations wishing to learn more or sign up to CitySwitch should visit the website at www.cityswitch.net.au.
For more information contact:
Charlie Knaggs, Senior Associate, Net Balance
Phone: +61 3 8641 6424