The Carbon Cost of Work—Impacts of Office Building and Commuting Energy in Sydney Workplaces

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Journal Article
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Urban Policy and Research, 2015, 33 (3), pp. 340 - 361
Issue Date:
2015-01-01
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© 2015 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research. We investigate greenhouse emissions of office workers in Sydney, drawing on census data, national building energy benchmarks as well as journey-to-work and energy data from two study buildings. Comparing work locations in the central business district (CBD) and Macquarie Park Corridor with metro-wide averages, we find that building emissions dominate over commuting emissions across the city, but commuting is increasingly important as building energy efficiency increases. Furthermore, our results indicate that efforts to improve a building's energy efficiency at Macquarie Park are largely negated by high reliance on car travel despite the introduction of the Epping–Chatswood train line. We conclude that improving building energy efficiency, office space utilisation and network connectivity (currently evident only in the CBD) delivers the best opportunity to reducing the carbon cost of workplaces.
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