For people working in the many commercial cleaning companies in Sydney, one of the notable things about the job is seeing the buildings in the city’s Central Business District, which stay lit up overnight.
It’s been noted that the biggest environmental footprint in the city is the one left by organisations, tenants, and building owners leaving the lights in their business on overnight. Manager of Low Carbon Futures, Monica Richter, WWF, reports that this is leading to unnecessary greenhouse pollution being added into the atmosphere, and it’s not only a poor environmental choice, it’s also a bad financial option as energy prices are pretty high.
She says that, if companies and tenants had more discipline and were educated about the benefits of properly managing lights, they’ll be able to save money as well as cut down on environmental damage.
A study conducted by a team from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in London suggested that, even though people know that they should turn off their lights, they simply don’t because they’re either unmotivated, stressed to do it, or assume that someone else, like the workers from commercial cleaning companies in Sydney, with handle it.
Ms. Bailey says that it more building owners are now recognizing the fact that they need to modernise with more efficient lighting systems because it’s just good business sense, on top of helping the environment. For tenants, however, might resist the additional costs needed for the modernised systems. She says that, while these upgrades are no-brainers for energy savings and emissions savings, thatisn’t the primary focus of the people who do business.
There is, however, some good news, as lighting technology is advancing in order to improve in terms of energy consumptions, as well as designing businesses in close cooperation with architects. On top of that, the City of Sydney, has two sustainability programs currently in effect; the Better Buildings Partnership and the City Switch Green Office programmes. Under the BBP, some of the larger building owners in Sydney’s CBD managed to cut their emissions by 52% compared to the numbers set in 2006.
The Sydney CBD has seen its first 100% LED-lit building, on 200 George Street, which has light bulbs that only need changing once every 12 years, which reduces the building’s energy consumption compared to average by about 30% to 50%.
WWF’s Ms. Richter says that she believes that attitudes are changing, and property owners are now committing to becoming carbon positive by the time 2030 rolls in, either by investing in renewable energy or cutting down on their carbon footprint.