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City report shows it’s not easy being Green

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS At the council meeting of March 21. Labor Councillor Linda Scott called on the City of Sydney to develop a fully costed plan to meet sustainability targets Her motion, which was voted down, aimed to address the current projection that the City will fall about 600,000 tonnes of carbon short of its […]

Council trigeneration ‘reckless’: report

A statutory committee report has condemned the City of Sydney’s pursuit of trigeneration at Green Square as “reckless” and says the modelling was based on “incorrect or uncertain factors”. The state parliamentary Public Accounts Committee report, ‘Polygeneration in New South Wales’, found multiple shortcomings and inconsistencies in the certification system for such emerging technologies. Council […]

Trigen back on agenda

The City of Sydney will further investigate the use of trigeneration, after council called on expressions of interest for sites at Town Hall House and the immediate surrounds. Trigeneration is a method of producing energy that uses a natural gas-fired engine to create both heat and electricity. It also uses an absorbtion chiller to produce […]

Mobbs: Sydney to reach breaking point

A Sydney expert in sustainable living has cast doubt on the capacity of the city’s infrastructure to withhold the string of large-scale, State Government-approved urban developments. Michael Mobbs, a Chippendale-based author and environmental consultant, is concerned the CBD’s transport system will fail to cope with the influx of people stemming from the line of developments […]

News in brief

City urges government to cut red tape The City of Sydney has urged members of NSW Parliament to reform outdated electricity regulations preventing the installation of low-carbon trigeneration electricity plants. At a hearing of the NSW Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee into trigeneration, the City of Sydney’s Chief Development Officer Energy and Climate Change, Allan Jones, […]

ALP candidate unveils underground powerline plan

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has proposed putting electricity cables throughout the City of Sydney underground as part of its local government election platform. ALP candidate Linda Scott pledged to conduct a feasibility study into ‘undergrounding’ the powerlines in tandem with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). Ms Scott said the NBN rollout was […]