Leading Sustainability

The Property Council is a leader in making the case for sustainable development that helps attract capital.  

This includes incentives in the built environment to encourage stronger investment in energy efficiency and clean energy, and a unified common-sense sustainability reporting obligation with minimal green tape. 

As a champion for sustainability, the Property Council has built strong partnerships with organisations including the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). 

Our annual flagship event, Green Cities, is run in partnership with the GBCA and serves as a showcase for innovation in the industry. 

As part of ASBEC, the Property Council has called for measures to improve energy efficiency and incentivise distributed energy within the built environment, which would complement any whole-of-economy response to greenhouse gas emissions abatement. 

In order to achieve this, five key policies are advocated: 

  • An ambitious national plan towards net zero emissions buildings by 2050 with staged targets for emissions and energy that will help Australia meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement
  • Reforms to our energy market to support and incentivise the broader uptake of cost effective energy efficiency and distributed energy such as rooftop solar
  • Strengthened and harmonised white certificate schemes across Australia with a trajectory towards a single national scheme, enabling building owners to trade their demonstrated reductions in energy consumption
  • Targeted incentives for buildings that invest in energy efficiency and clean energy such as accelerated depreciation, planning incentives, stamp duty concessions and differential rates
  • Modernisation of the National Construction Code with higher energy efficiency standards and a trajectory for future increases

Thought Leadership and Key Reports


Distributed Energy in the Property Sector: Unlocking the Potential

The property sector is ideally placed to play a significant role in modernising Australia’s traditional, centralised electricity system to a world class two-way energy system. The Property Council of Australia and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) have collaborated to produce this report, together with Seed Advisory, that identifies barriers to distributed energy in property – and proposes collaborative solutions to address them.

You can download the summary report below.

How much rooftop solar can be installed in Australia?

Over 2 million solar systems have been installed around Australia, mostly on the roofs of homes. Rooftop solar is only just starting to take off on industrial and commercial buildings and thanks to this ground-breaking study, commissioned by the Property Council and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), we now know the potential for rooftop solar is 179 GW with an annual output of 245TWh – that’s more than current annual consumption in the national electricity market! Download the study undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, the Australian PV Institute (APVI) and the University of NSW here.

Distributed Energy in the Property Sector: Today’s Opportunities

The cost of electricity from renewable resources has declined significantly over recent years and continues to fall. This is leading to a growing uptake of clean energy generation in the Australian market. While many leading companies have led the way in adopting these technologies, there is still a lack of information or awareness about these technologies more broadly in the property sector. The Property Council and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) collaborated to produce this guide as a practical resource for property owners and managers. We hope this will lead to greater awareness of the opportunity to use clean energy technologies across the property industry to reduce costs and emissions.