Report analyses transition to low carbon precincts
The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living has released the Phase 1 report on its 'Empowering Broadway' project which is exploring how to transition existing urban systems' ageing water and power infrastructure into more flexible and sustainable networks that will enable a low carbon future.
The project is aiming to better understand existing precincts, create business cases and implement the technologies and governance models required to transition to a low carbon community.
The report identifies barriers to precinct scale transitions, including current regulatory frameworks, roof space for solar installations, uncertainty of payback period and the speed of change of technology.
It considers whether the precinct scale is the most appropriate for the transition to low carbon systems, and outlines the next phase of the research which will look at management of fragmented land ownership, the use of microgrids within precincts, investigation of new regulatory frameworks for precinct level initiatives, and analysis of low carbon precinct initiatives and standards to support the new National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) committee tasked recently with extending the existing standard to include buildings, precincts and cities.
The Phase 1 report summarises the emerging low carbon technologies, local infrastructure data and international case studies to explore the low carbon solutions possibilities for Sydney’s Broadway Precinct. The long-term goal of the project is to set in place improved understanding to induce an urban transition toolkit which will assist precinct stakeholders to create successful low carbon infrastructure.