Media Releases 2011

The CitySwitch program launches in Yarra

05 May 2011

City Switch logoYarra’s businesses can now sign up to save money on their energy bills and cut their greenhouse emissions with the CitySwitch program.

CitySwitch works by signing commercial office tenants up for an audit that estimates their annual greenhouse gas emissions, based on 12 months of their utility bills.

Those businesses are then challenged to reduce and maintain their emissions to a level set by the four-star, nationally-accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating system.

Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke said CitySwitch offered easy-to-implement actions and advice that would be good for business and great for the environment.

“This morning, we had about 120 business owners and employees attend a launch breakfast in Richmond to find out more about CitySwitch,” Cr Clarke said.

“What’s great about CitySwitch is that it doesn’t ask businesses to radically change how they do things,” she said.

“It’s about making those small behavioural and operational changes so that, when they’re measured out over time, businesses can achieve real savings on bills and do their bit to cut emissions.

“The more businesses we have on board, the more we work together to reduce collective demand for electricity and carbon emissions.”  

Some of the ways businesses can cut their emissions include encouraging staff to adopt energy-saving habits (such as turning off lights and computers every night) and installing energy efficient equipment.

CitySwitch is a national energy management program run in partnership between Councils and State Government agencies such as Sustainability Victoria.

Yarra City Council provides funding for the program, which is coordinated by Sustainability Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

The City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip also offer the CitySwitch program.

For further information about the program, please contact Brett Munckton, CitySwitch Project Officer, Melbourne City Council, on 9658 8557 or at


For further information about this release, please contact
Toby Walker
Senior Communications Officer
9205 5120



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