Sydney's Sustainable Office Buildings Plan released for comment

The City of Sydney has released its draft Sustainable Office Buildings Plan as part of its pathway to reaching targets including a 70 per cent emissions reduction for the local government area from a 2006 baseline, and net zero emissions by 2050.

The City has also set targets for 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, 70 per cent commercial waste recovery by 2021 and no increase in potable water consumption by 2030 from a 2006 baseline.

Office buildings and their occupants were responsible for 45 per cent of carbon emissions, 20 per cent of commercial waste and 27 per cent of water consumption in the Sydney local government area in 2015/16.

The Sustainable Office Buildings Plan calls on the whole office sector: government agencies, building owners, tenant companies, their employees, building managers and developers to act together to improve environmental performance through a range of actions targeting energy and emissions, waste, water and transport.

It aims to stimulate activity by advocating for higher minimum standards for new build and refurbishment work and mandatory disclosure of NABERS Energy ratings for tenancies in office buildings.

The draft Sydney's Sustainable Office Buildings Plan is here. Feedback on the draft plan is due by April 17.

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