Actions for businesses

Actions for businesses

How office-based businesses can cut emissions and create value

Businesses generate 83% of the city’s emissions, so we can’t meet our net zero target by 2050 without your help. Commercial office buildings alone are responsible for 10% of Australia’s carbon emissions. Office-based buildings and tenants can take action to eliminate emissions, enhance your competitiveness and position yourself for growth. 

Actions for office tenants

You may not own your building, but as a tenant you can influence up to 50% of the energy consumed in your office.

  • Rate your office: Measurement is the first step to better management. A NABERS energy rating can help you understand how your office currently operates and identify pathways to improve its performance.
  • Reduce your energy: Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to drive down emissions and reduce your energy bills by as much as 60% each year. Join the City's building tune-up program and review the NABERS energy management checklist to identify opportunities in your office.
  • Invest in offsite renewables: GreenPower and power purchase agreements can help you reduce your office emissions and invest in Australia’s renewable energy future.
  • Offset the rest: The voluntary national carbon offset standard for organisations can help you to measure, reduce, offset, report and audit emissions – whether you operate a large company with thousands of employees or a local business.
  • Join CitySwitch Green Office: Nearly 900 office-based businesses are working together to improve day-to-day energy and waste efficiency, reduce operational costs and create new value. You can too – and it’s free to join.

Actions for office owners and operators

Owners of office buildings are working with the City of Sydney to eliminate emissions while creating healthy and productive workplaces.

  • Rate your building: Measurement is the first step to better management. A NABERS energy rating can help you understand how your office currently operates and identify pathways to improve its performance.
  • Reduce your energy: Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to drive down emissions and reduce your energy bills by as much as 60% each year. Join the City's building tune-up program and review the NABERS energy management checklist to identify opportunities in your office.
  • Invest in onsite renewables: Embrace solar power as we push towards carbon positive.
  • Choose offsite renewables: GreenPower and power purchase agreements can help you reduce your office emissions and invest in Australia’s renewable energy future.
  • Offset the rest: The voluntary national carbon offset standard for buildings can help you to measure, reduce, offset, report and audit emissions.

For owners and operators of accommodation and entertainment venues, the Sustainable Destination Partnership and building tune-up program can help you reduce environmental impact, attract new customers and create cost savings.

Last updated: Monday, 4 March 2019