New buildings will use more renewable energy and support the transition to zero net emissions according to our plans to include energy targets in development applications.
In a first presentation to a local council in Australia, the Sydney City proposal means that development applications for new office buildings, hotels and shopping malls and major redevelopments of existing buildings will meet the minimum energy ratings. .
The regulations will come into force in January 2023 and will achieve zero energy production in 2026.
A Sydney city plan will allow new developments to use more renewable energy
Our proposed planning rules will combine energy efficiency and the use of on-site and off-site renewables to move buildings towards clean zero energy use. Including the option to use external renewable energy purchases is another novelty for local planning standards in Australia.
Performance standards and the evidence base can be used by all Greater Sydney councils and will support investment in renewable energy and create jobs in regional areas.
We have already invested in wind and solar parks in Inverell, Nowra and Wagga to help us achieve 100% renewable electricity from clean energy of local origin.
The new planning measures are expected to save more than $ 1.3 billion in energy bills for investors, businesses and occupants from 2023 to 2040 and will help us reach their zero-net emissions target by 2035.
Mayor Clover Moore said energy use in buildings contributed significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.
“Commercial offices, hotels and apartment buildings contribute 68% of the total emissions in our area,” the mayor said.
“If we are to achieve our goal of zero emissions by 2035, we must ensure that this sector contributes to reducing emissions by increasing energy efficiency, renewable energy production on-site and off-site renewable energy purchases.
“We have worked with industry and government to develop ambitious but achievable standard performance step changes. We offer a clear path and time for developers to improve energy performance and the transition to clean buildings from scratch.
“As we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, we are helping to ensure sustainability and resilience is at the core of the business recovery.”
Our proposed planning rules will combine energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources to move buildings towards clean zero energy use.
Greater Sydney Commission Environment Commissioner Emma Herd urged industry and the government to speed up action to combat global warming.
“Across Sydney, climate change is a shared issue. These performance standards will help us meet our shared net zero emissions target and move forward in relation to the plan’s low-carbon city target. from the Sydney region, ”Emma said.
“I would encourage councils in the Greater Sydney region to consider these performance standards as a useful tool for achieving zero-emission net environmental targets and sustainability actions in their local strategic planning statements.”
Neil Arckless, executive director of development at Lendlease, said his organization supported ambitious performance standards.
“Recently, at Lendlease we set our own path to zero carbon net in 2025 and absolute zero in 2040,” Neil said.
“We are always pushing the boundaries to innovate in sustainability and welcome the city of Sydney, a leader in the development of these performance standards. I trust we can all meet the challenge.”
New planning measures are expected to save more than $ 1.3 billion in energy bills for investors, businesses and occupants
Stockland commercial owner Louise Mason said the company strongly supported the performance standards of Sydney city zero-energy buildings.
“We have advanced our goal of achieving net carbon emissions by 2028 and have expanded the commitment of our entire portfolio, which covers close to 170 active assets and projects across Australia,” Louise said.
The measures are expected to provide substantial financial benefits. Annually, office owners will save $ 2,750 per 1,000 square feet of floor space and hotel owners, $ 170 per hotel room.
Public benefits and savings in health, energy grid and emission costs are expected to be worth about $ 1.8 billion. Planning controls also support NSW government renewable energy areas through investment and create job demand and new energy efficiency skills.
Performance standards meet the requirements of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and meet local, state and industry goals, including NSW’s zero net plan and electricity strategy, the district’s plans to reduce carbon emissions. and sustainability actions in local planning.
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