Townsville shopping centre plans major energy management overhaul

A major Townsville shopping centre will spend over $500,000 on technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, posing opportunities for local equipment manufacturers.

The shopping centre plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 2,000 tonnes a year with assistance from the government’s Green Building Fund. 

The Stockland Shopping Centre in Ross River Road, Aitkinville, secured $500,000 in assistance to install new systems to reduce emissions.

Stockland will upgrade existing light systems in the centre to reduce energy usage, and install new water cooled air-conditioning and sub-metering systems. 

“I want to acknowledge Stockland’s commitment to improving the energy efficiency of their property portfolio and thus reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions,” Innovation Minister Senator Carr said.

"The Green Building Fund has been so successful that we recently expanded it to include existing hotels and shopping centres. 

“The Green Building Fund is designed to significantly reduce the energy used in hotels, shopping centres and commercial office buildings by installing upgraded building management systems and state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning systems like smart room controllers in hotel guest rooms.

“So far, the fund has provided around $77 million to help over 200 commercial office buildings undertake projects that we expect will reduce emissions by 176,000 tonnes a year.

"This represents an outstanding commitment to a low carbon future and is part of the Gillard Government vision under our Clean Energy Future initiative."

 

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