ENERGY TRANSITION

Springfield: soon to be the greenest city in Australia?

By ENGIE - 30 October 2020 - 16:15

In December 2018, ENGIE signed a partnership with the city of Greater Springfield in Australia. After a year of consulting and research, the city has published its roadmap to become the greenest city in the world by 2038! A new milestone for this ambitious project carried out with the Group. A look back at the story so far.

 

 

An unprecedented roadmap in Australia 

Developed by Tractebel, a cutting-edge engineering company specialising in sustainable and carbon-neutral projects, Springfield's roadmap has been supported by ENGIE Impact, the Group's consulting company that accelerates the carbon-neutral transition of companies worldwide. The master plan? 30% green spaces in the city, widespread access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and the hydrogen bus network, and 100% renewable energy electricity.

 

A fast-paced project

In 2018, ENGIE signed a strategic alliance with Springfield City Group. The following year, Tractebel undertook a comprehensive assessment of the city to determine the project needs, the action plan and the map of potential development scenarios for the city. The resulting roadmap describes what will be needed to achieve net-zero electricity (electricity entirely from renewable energy sources) and carbon neutrality (energy entirely from renewable energy sources, including vehicle fuel and heating/air conditioning). It is based on five main pillars, intended to make Springfield a net-zero energy city by 2038:

 

  • Urban planning: maintain 30% green spaces; develop urban agriculture and green transport routes. 
  • Mobility: reduce the number of cars per household from 1.98 to 0.8; develop charging infrastructure for electric vehicles; create sustainable last-mile solutions; switch to hydrogen-powered buses and develop shared transport solutions; 
  • Buildings: use bioclimatic design, solar protection and urban cooling; set up public education programmes on energy efficiency; 
  • Energy: establish a 100% share of local renewable energies; install solar panels on all available roofs; develop hydrogen refuelling; implement energy storage;
  • Digital: become a world leader in innovative and smart city solutions.

 

What's next?

Following the roadmap, infrastructure work is already under way in the city. The installation of solar panels on city roofs has begun, with key buildings - including the Orion shopping centre and Springfield Tower - among the first to be equipped. In parallel, charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed. The roadmap will be reviewed every two or three years, as this ambitious journey towards carbon neutrality progresses. 

 

A made-to-measure strategy and committed partners

For Maha Sinnathamby, Chairman and Founder of Greater Springfield, “We have one chance - and the responsibility - to get this right and be an ongoing example for others to follow. The focus on efficient and sustainable energy production, storage, and integration with the community has never been more important for Australia and for us. I’m confident that ENGIE can help us become a world leader in innovative and smart city solutions.”

 

As Charles-Édouard Delpierre, General Manager of the Urban Business Line at Tractebel, also explains, “This is an important milestone. The roadmap is the culmination of a year of research and consulting and is an ambitious but practical plan to make Greater Springfield a net-zero energy city by 2038".

 

The countdown has begun!