Engie and Springfield City Group, the master planner behind the emerging city of Greater Springfield, in Queensland Australia, have agreed a 50-year strategic alliance to make Greater Springfield a net zero energy city.
Greater Springfield has a population of 40,000 and is a city that has been planned around the pillars of health, education and technology, with innovation underpinning everyday life in the city. Greater Springfield was internationally declared the world’s best master planned community by the International Real Estate Federation in 2010.
Under the alliance now formed with ENGIE, investments will be planned in renewable energy generation and storage infrastructure, district energy schemes, green mobility solutions, digital technology, energy efficiency initiatives and a dedicated research and innovation centre. The Zero Net Energy Vision for Greater Springfield means that by 2038, the partnership’s vision is that the six suburbs that make up the Greater Springfield community are intended to be generating more energy than they consume.
“The partnership between ENGIE and Springfield City Group will enable the creation of a better, safer and more efficient environment for residents” said Didier Holleaux, ENGIE Executive Vice President. “By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. Through our “Better Cities TODAY” approach, ENGIE is at the forefront of developing solutions to meet the economic, environmental and societal challenges that come with that growth. Greater Springfield is ENGIE’s first “Better Cities TODAY” project in Australia and I’m very pleased that ENGIE with its world class know-how in energy, and particularly district energy, can contribute to the visionary Greater Springfield Project and to the well-being and harmonious life of its residents.”
Greater Springfield’s founder and city visionary Maha Sinnathamby, added that the long-term alliance with ENGIE would fit with both the strong ethos of innovation and long-term planning that continues to drive the city’s rapid growth and economic contribution to both the state and the nation.
“As a recognised nation building project we have one chance and a responsibility to get this right as an ongoing example for others to follow” Mr Sinnathamby said. “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.”