Westfield switches to 100% renewable electricity in Queensland

By Domini Stuart | 03 Aug 2022 View comments

Scentre Group has signed an agreement with CleanCo, the Queensland Government-owned renewables, low emissions and hydro company, to source electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources for its Queensland portfolio of Westfield Living Centres from 2025.

Scentre Group CFO and CEO-Elect Elliott Rusanow pointed out that the agreement is consistent with Scentre Group’s transition plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

“We consider responsible, sustainable business a key part of our strategy and ambition to grow,” he said. “We have a strong track record on sustainability, having already reduced our emissions by 30 per cent since Scentre Group was established in 2014. This agreement will help us deliver our interim emission reduction target of 50 per cent by 2025,” he said.

He added that renewable electricity procurement is one of the ways the Group will deliver on its net zero target alongside optimising asset efficiency through initiatives like LED lighting installation, building management system enhancements and the generation of onsite renewable energy.

Scentre Group is also focusing on improving environmental performance overall and has started work on an integrated environmental plan to address waste and water as well as energy efficiency. This includes better understanding how the Group can support its business partners in achieving their own environmental targets.

“As an example, we have worked with Country Road Group and MJ Bale to provide them 100 per cent renewable electricity, which has enabled them to move all their stores within our Westfield Living Centre portfolio to a renewable product.”

A big step for renewable energy

Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, The Hon Mick de Brenni, said the deal was another major step for renewable energy made and delivered in Queensland.

“Every time Queenslanders visit a Westfield centre in Queensland, they are now supporting Queensland renewable jobs and Queensland’s net zero goals,” he said. “CleanCo is unique in its remit – a government owned corporation that is leading the energy transformation in Queensland from the beginning to end of the supply chain – building and investing in projects and selling electricity to customers at the other end.”