Sydney Opera House reveals plan to slash its environmental footprint

The Sydney Opera House has put environmental and sustainability targets as part of a new path towards achieving certified ‘carbon neutral’ status by 2023.

Through measures such as metering upgrades, improved air conditioning and developing a peak energy strategy, the Australian landmark is targeting a 14% cut in energy use by 2019 from a baseline of average electricity use levels from 2003 and 2008. It is then targeting a 20% reduction in energy use from this baseline by 2023.

Launched last week, the plan also sets out an 80% construction waste recycling target for its renewal project to upgrade the Opera House over the coming decade, as well as plans to review and audit its water use targets.

Since launching its first Environmental Sustainability Plan in 2010, the Opera House claims it has saved A$1m in electricity costs, cut its energy use by 75%, and increased recycling of its waste from 20% to 65%.

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