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Energy savings score a win at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Australia’s home of sport, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has, over a seven-year period, achieved higher than expected energy, cost and emissions savings under the energy performance contract (EPC) between Siemens and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC).

MCC CEO Stuart Fox said that “In the seven-year period of the energy performance contract with Siemens, we’ve saved over $5 million in energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by a colossal 50,089 tonnes CO2. This is the equivalent energy consumption of over 6000* homes in a year.”

The MCG stadium has also:

    • Achieved 120 per cent return of guaranteed financial value
    • Saved 119 per cent on guaranteed electricity value and 157 per cent on guaranteed water value
    • Saved enough electricity to power the light towers for nearly six years

The announcement of the results comes shortly after the launch of MCC’s 2022-25 Sustainability Plan to ensure continued focus on tackling climate change. The two companies also commemorate significant milestones with the MCC turning 185 in 2023, while the MCG will turn 170 in the same year. Siemens is currently commemorating its 150th anniversary in Australia.

“As we approach this significant milestone it gives me great pride to say that the MCG is one of the most environmentally sustainable stadia in the world. Millions of people visit the stadium each year to enjoy AFL, cricket, other major sporting events and concerts. The MCG is a special place for the people of Melbourne – and visitors from all around the world – proudly leading by example when it comes to sustainability and continually investing in ways to further progress initiatives in this space,” Fox said.

The new seven-year EPC includes further savings from replacement of chillers, implementation of Siemens’ patented Demand Flow optimisation strategy for the entire chilled water system, monitoring and optimisation of car park ventilation systems, and digitlisation technology to manage peak electricity usage and other works.

Peter Halliday, CEO of Siemens Australia and New Zealand congratulated the MCC for being bold with MCG. “We have great technology at Siemens. However, it’s only by having bold and ambitious customers and working closely with them that we can bring our technology to life and give it purpose. This project is testament that technology investment and sustainability go hand in hand with successful business outcomes. Achieving net zero requires a multi-pronged approach and the work done by MCC is a great example of how buildings, one of the highest consumers of energy, can drive positive environmental outcomes and positive business outcomes.”

The first EPC works done by Siemens at MCG includes:

  • Replacing the existing lighting systems with low-energy lighting technologies.
  • Installing a new building management system.
  • Implementing changes to heating and ventilation systems.
  • Installing new chilled water systems and modernised room control systems.In November 2017, the sustainability work done by MCC and Siemens was judged Best Commercial Energy Efficiency Project at the National Energy Efficiency Awards.
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