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Council helps rugby clubs to save energy and money

21 May, 2013

Council helps rugby clubs to save energy and money

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today launched a new partnership between Council and the Queensland Rugby Union and Queensland Reds to help rugby supporters and clubs to save energy and save money.

The Lord Mayor also announced a new Reds Go Green campaign which will target around 100,000 Queensland Reds members and rugby subscribers. The campaign will encourage people to take up an online energy challenge, rewarding households for saving energy as part of Council’s residential energy efficiency program, EzyGreen.

The partnership will also see the roll-out of a second program, called Watt Savers, targeted at rugby clubs throughout Brisbane which would help club officials with digital tools and workshops to help cut their energy costs through tips and energy efficiency products.

Cr Quirk said the initiatives were a great example of how Council was working with Brisbane businesses and residents to deliver a cleaner, greener Brisbane.

“These partnerships, along with Council initiatives such as providing grants to support grassroots environmental projects, securing and maintaining 500 hectares of bushland for future generations and using 100% renewable electricity, make a real difference,” Cr Quirk said.

“I'm pleased that the QRU and Queensland Reds have come on board to help get the message out about saving energy.”

QRU CEO Jim Carmichael said the partnership was another example of the organisation’s Future Generation strategy being implemented through increased investments in the grassroots game.

“Queensland Rugby has a clear focus on increasing its investment into key Rugby assets and this partnership with the Council reinforces the benefits being delivered to the clubs,” Mr Carmichael said.

“Already we’ve implemented numerous long term strategies to assist our stakeholders gain financial stability and with the Reds Go Green campaign they are being offered an opportunity to cut their running costs on one of their largest expenses, energy.

“We welcome the partnership with the Council and thank them for their commitment to grassroots Rugby and its members in Queensland.”

Through the partnership and campaigns, rewards for rugby clubs will also be up for grabs through a points rewards program, with fans and members able to help their clubs win points towards energy and money-saving products such as a solar PV system, energy audits or lighting upgrades.

Chairman of Council’s sustainability agency CitySmart Jim McKnoulty said the new partnership and campaign targeted a new and important audience for the EzyGreen programs which would result in more energy savings for residents as well as savings for the environment by reducing carbon emissions.

He said more than 57,000 households had engaged with Brisbane’s only dedicated residential energy-saving program EzyGreen since it was introduced in 2010 that has seen a reduction of 52,000 tonnes of C02 annually and saved residents $9.6 million, or $170 per household in energy costs.

“CitySmart wants to help the Queensland Rugby Union to assist the rugby community to play their part to make Brisbane a cleaner and greener city and to also help clubs to become more sustainable in every sense of the word,” Mr McKnoulty said.
For more information visit www.citysmart.com.au or phone 07 3007 7010.

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