Climate Futures

Climate Futures

Moving Sydney Towards a Sustainable Low Carbon Future

Speaker: Allan Jones MBE, Chief Development Officer, Energy and Climate Change, City of Sydney
When: Tuesday 21st August 2012, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Location: Building E6A Room 102
Audience: Academics, staff, students

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Sustainable Sydney 2030

This presentation summarises a practical strategy for a sustainable energy society deriving its initial energy needs from low carbon energy resources whilst at the same time establishing a decentralised energy, water and waste infrastructure to enable future energy and water needs to be derived from wholly renewable resources within the Sustainable Sydney 2030 timescale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030. These concepts can be applied to any community in the Australia or indeed in the world.

At Woking and in London Allan Jones with his unique experience and expertise in decentralised energy and green infrastructure systems was able to tease out the real issues and barriers to a sustainable future through the actual implementation of such systems, including decentralised energy – cogeneration and trigeneration, renewable energy, fuel cell technology, microgeneration, renewable gases from waste, water recovery and low carbon transport systems. This model is now being adapted in Sydney to help to deliver the targets in Sustainable Sydney 2030.

The presentation will cover the following:-

•    Sustainable Sydney 2030 – Green Infrastructure Plan.
•    Island Sydney – Decentralised Energy, Water and Waste Master Plans.
•    Showing by Doing – Implementing decentralised energy, water and waste projects on its own buildings and operations.


Allan is Chief Development Officer, Energy and Climate Change of the City of Sydney. Allan is also a Board member of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). Prior to his appointment Allan was Chief Executive Officer of the London Climate Change Agency (LCCA) and prior to that Woking Borough Council’s Director of Thameswey Ltd.

Allan’s role at the City is to deliver its Green Infrastructure Plan and major energy and climate change projects, including trigeneration, renewable energy, alternative waste treatment, automated waste collection and decentralised water. Since his appointment 2 years ago the City has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in its own buildings and operations by 17% and is well on the way to reducing its emissions by 70% by 2013/14 as well as setting in place the green infrastructure for its Local Government Area.

During his time in London Allan set up and ran the LCCA, developed the energy and climate change elements of the London Plan, Mayor’s Climate Change Action Plan and the Mayoral Climate Change Statutory Duty as well as developing and implementing decentralised energy and renewable energy projects in London.

During his time at Woking, Allan reduced CO2 emissions by 77.5% from 1990 levels to 2004 and undertook groundbreaking work on energy efficiency, trigeneration, renewable gases from waste, alternative fuels for transport, renewable energy and fuel cells. Under Allan, Woking installed 81 private wire decentralised energy systems, nearly 10% of the UK’s total installed solar energy photovoltaics and the first fuel cell CHP in the UK.

Allan was appointed a Member of the British Empire in 1999 for services to energy and water efficiency and was instrumental in Woking Borough Council gaining the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2001 in the development of Local Sustainable Community Energy Systems, the only local authority ever to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


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