3 March 2017
Museums Victoria is set to cut its greenhouse emissions by 35% thanks to an innovative partnership with Siemens and the Victorian Government.
The partnership will bring the latest state of the art energy and environmental efficiency technology to Melbourne Museum, the Royal Exhibition Building, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum and two storage facilities.
Managed and implemented by Siemens, the initiative will improve Museums Victoria's sustainability efforts through the installation of new LED lighting, chillers and water systems.
In addition, a co-generation unit on the roof of the 80,000 m2 Melbourne Museum will enable Museums Victoria to produce its own cleaner energy supplies.
The partnership will see Museums Victoria:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% – as much as planting 835,891 young trees or taking 6,000 cars off the road
- Reduce water usage by 6% – equivalent to the capacity of 102 backyard swimming pools
- Reduce electricity costs by 32% – enough to power 1,264 homes
Museums Victoria is the largest public museum organisation in Australia, welcoming almost 2.5 million visitors each year, caring for a diverse collection of 17 million objects and carrying out ground breaking scientific and humanities research.
The Victorian Government has financed the up-front cost of $11 million for the Museums Victoria–Siemens project through the Greener Government Buildings program, however Museums Victoria will repay the cost to the Government within seven years with the energy costs savings that are achieved.