Energy efficient office building program delivers another award for Sustainability Victoria

18 November 2016 | Media Release

It’s been a big week for Sustainability Victoria with two awards presented by industry peers for its work. 

Sustainability Victoria won the National Energy Efficiency Award for its Energy Efficient Office Buildings program which demonstrated clear environmental and business benefits through the cost-effective upgrading of 20 commercial buildings built between 1960 and 2000.

The program delivered a wide range of environmental and commercial outcomes including:

• a payback period of less than three years on the investment in energy efficiency upgrades
• a 4,000 tonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions over 12 months
• $1.1m in savings in energy bills each year across buildings in the program
• an average 1 Star NABERS energy rating increase for the buildings.

The Energy Efficiency Council's national ‘Energy Efficiency Savings Programs’ award is significant recognition of Sustainability Victoria’s work to reduce the impact of climate change.   

Sustainability Victoria’s Chief Executive, Stan Krpan, said targeting buildings that account for 80 per cent of Victoria’s office stock was an important part of the push to reduce energy use.

“Sustainability Victoria is committed to tackling issues that will affect climate change and the way we all live in the future. Awards like this help to focus attention on our work and help us to influence target groups.”

"What this project clearly demonstrates is that the commercial sector has an enormous opportunity to influence change and get results that reinforce its bottom line.”

Earlier in the week, Sustainability Victoria’s Love Food Hate Waste ‘I Love Leftovers’ campaign won the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s national Golden Target Award for Content Marketing and was Commended in the Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility section.

The campaign highlights simple measures to re-use leftover food and reduce the volume of material that goes to landfills each year. 

“Victoria's generates a quarter of Australia’s waste and of the 4.1 million tonnes sent to landfills each year, around 60 per cent is organic,” Mr Krpan said. 

“The Love Food Hate Waste - 'I Love Leftovers' campaign shares tips, advice, recipes and videos to help Victorians get more from their food and reduce the volume of material that goes into our landfills where they create greenhouse gases.”
 
“Every year, Victorian households throw away food worth an average of $2,200 which represents 20 per cent of their food budget. It’s bad for households and the environment,” Mr Krpan said.
 
Follow the Love Food Hate Waste Victoria Facebook page or visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au for tips, advice and recipes or watch the videos.