Sydney keeping clean and green

Two-new-initiatives-are-helping-ensure-Sydneys-environmental-credentials_157_77720_0_14100939_300Sydney is continuing its wide-ranging efforts to maintain its status as a sustainable, responsible and environmentally conscious city with a number of new initiatives.

The city’s July Chemical Clean Out collected more than a whopping 27 tonnes of hazardous household material, including cyanide, deadly poisons and pesticides, as well as batteries, acid, gas bottles and paints. There were a total of 526 drop-offs utilising the free service.

“It is encouraging to see so many responsible city residents getting rid of unwanted chemicals in a safe and environmentally responsible way,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in a July 24 release.

“This event is important to protect our environment and allows residents to do the right thing by family members and neighbours who could be placed at risk from abandoned and unwanted chemicals.”

This initiative followed the recent signing of an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) by the city of Sydney, the Australian Environmental Upgrade Fund (TAEUF) and the parish of St. James, which will fund energy efficient air conditioning, lighting and building management system upgrades for St James’ hall. The parish owns the building.

The agreement is worth $700,000 and aims to reduce base building energy use by around 30 per cent. Tenants will also see a tangible long-term benefits with reduced power costs to come.

Eureka Funds Management Director Niall McCarthy suggested that such EUAs may become more common in the Harbour City as time goes on.

“Eureka has sufficient capital to fund similar opportunities in the future to enable other building owners to improve the sustainability of their buildings,” he said in a July 17 release.

The EUAs are part of Sydney’s effort to cut emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, following on from its achievement of becoming carbon neutral. Investors and buyers will want to keep an eye on these developments, as they stand to make city a more attractive and affordable place to live, drawing in residents from other parts of Australia.

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