City of Ballarat Council has joined CitySwitch – a free national program that helps office-based businesses reduce emissions and their environmental impact.
Under the program, CitySwitch assists businesses to map a pathway to net zero emissions and connects them with other businesses on the journey.
Participants are encouraged to reduce their office energy use, switch to renewable energy and take part in the circular economy, among other key net zero focus areas.
Mayor, Des Hudson said the CitySwitch initiative to de-carbonise businesses aligns with the City of Ballarat’s transition to a net zero municipality.
“The City of Ballarat is excited to offer CitySwitch to Ballarat’s office-based businesses,” he said.
“This free program will help businesses implement and promote environmental sustainability initiatives while accelerating climate action.”
There are more than 500 businesses Australia-wide participating in the CitySwitch program, spanning the finance, legal, engineering, advertising, architecture and health sectors. These businesses accounted for 19 per cent of Australian office space in 2022.
In 2021, businesses participating in the program saved $62.6 million by making their properties more energy efficient.
The program assists businesses to measure their emissions, reduce their waste and energy use, and shift to 100 per cent renewables. Businesses can offset their emissions and become carbon neutral, join the circular economy and green their supply chain.
CitySwitch upskills, mentors and educates businesses and their teams, and helps them to become climate resilient. Businesses receive tools and support for each point along the way.
In 2018, Ballarat Council acknowledged the climate emergency and the need for urgent action. In 2019, Council adopted the Carbon Neutrality and 100% Renewables Action Plan 2019-2025 for its corporate emissions.
In 2022, Council adopted the Ballarat Net Zero Emissions Plan, with an aspirational target of reaching net zero emissions by 2030 for the Ballarat community.