Greater Springfield Green Energy City

Written by Chris Kwacz

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. ENGIE and Springfield City Group formed 50 year strategic alliance to create Greater Springfield in Australian East Queensland a Zero Net Energy City! By 2038 the city will generate more green energy that they consume becoming a successful model for renewable, green energy solutions!

Greater Springfield residents will see at least 30% of the city reserved as green space, have widespread access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and a hydrogen bus network, and see 100% of their power delivered through renewable sources. These are just some of the key goals in a landmark roadmap – the first of its kind for an Australian city – The Greater Springfield!

With a population of 45,000, masterplanned around connective pillars of health, education and technology and with innovation underpinning the emerging city’s livability, Greater Springfield is perfectly placed to rapidly implement the strategy. A strategic alliance between ENGIE and Springfield City Group was signed in 2018. During the last year Tractebel has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the city to establish the project needs, develop the action plan, and map the potential development scenarios for the city.

To achieve zero net electricity the road map outlines an action plan covering five key pillars:

In line with the road map development, infrastructure work is under way within Greater Springfield. The rollout of city-wide rooftop solar has begun with the key buildings including the Orion Shopping Centre and the Springfield Tower among the first to be equipped. The rollout of EV charging stations has also begun and will put Springfield among the first urban areas in the country equipped to handle large-scale EV adoption.

The road map will be reviewed every two to three years as the journey to carbon neutrality continues.

Maha Sinnathamby, Chairman and Founder of Greater Springfield said: “We have one chance – and the responsibility to our residents – 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 assist us to be a world leader in innovative and smart city solutions.”

Tractebel General Manager, Urban, Charles-Edouard Delpierre, said: “This is a major milestone in the journey to make Greater Springfield Australia’s greenest city. The road map is the result of a year’s worth of research and consultation and represents an ambitious but practical plan to make Greater Springfield zero net energy by 2038.

“We are proud to be delivering the road map in partnership with Springfield City Group. ENGIE and Tractebel are uniquely positioned to build tailored strategies that optimise and operationalise the value of a customer’s assets and provide financing options, engineering expertise and operational excellence.”

Source: Greater Springfield



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