National Carbon Bank of Australia

Case Studies

Government Central LED 13 (small)

Description of company:

Sydney Trains is the provider of passenger train services for the Sydney suburban area and maintainer of greater metropolitan rail network.

Sydney Trains recognises its responsibility to protect the environment and to operate in a sustainable manner, which is reflected in the commitments under its Environment and Sustainability Policy. Sydney Trains has a comprehensive Environmental Management System in place and addressing energy and greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to other Ecologically Sustainable Development principles, is an integral part of Sydney Trains’ business’ planning and procurement processes.

Sydney Trains is continually striving to improve their environmental performance including energy management, an aspect the National Carbon Bankare assisting Sydney Trains in achieving. By participating in the New South Wales Energy Savings Scheme, Sydney Trains have assessed energy usage across operations and identified opportunities for greater efficiency, specifically by upgrading lighting at stations to energy efficient LED technology.  Central Station is one of the first stations to be upgraded, with further upgrades planned to occur across a range of stations throughout NSW.

Description of the energy savings upgrade/equipment:

Key equipment included the replacement of approx. 4000 36W T8 Fluorescent tubes with old style magnetic ballasts, to 1950 LED Fixed Luminaires, with Integrated ballasts. The large quantity of lights running continuously over long operating periods within enclosed and covered areas at Central station contributes to the site having a large energy consumption profile. The LED lighting upgrade at Central Station has delivered a reduction in platform lighting energy consumption by approximately 40% as well as savings made from reduced maintenance requirements due to the significantly longer life span of the new lights.Central LED 12 (small)

Financial and Business viability:
The project has delivered a number of benefits to the organization including:
– A reduction in platform lighting energy usage of around 40%;
– Reduced maintenance due the longer lamp life of the LEDs – up to 50,000 hours versus 14,000 hours for the previous lighting, and
– Improved lux levels which have contributed to an enhanced customer environment as well further strengthening safety and security at the site. .

The replacement of the existing lighting to an energy efficient system resulted in a total energy reduction of 5806.63 MW. . That is the equivalent to avoidance of annual greenhouse gas emissions from 843 cars or avoidance of CO2 emissions from 1,950,560kg of coal burned or 1.1 wind turbines installed.  Additionally the 6155 Energy Savings Certificates generated from this project amounted to a market value of approx. $75,000. Sydney Trains intends to reinvest these funds into further energy efficiency and small scale renewable energy initiatives. In conjunction these figures contributed to Sydney Trains achieving extensive energy savings and preservation of resources.

Central station is one of the first stations to receive an energy efficient lighting upgrade. However, the project at Central station is part of a larger program of works underway in which energy efficient lighting upgrades are being rolled-out at over 100 stations across the greater metropolitan network

Industrial Foundry 2014-05-01 12.31.15

Description of company:
The Energy Saver involved in this commercial upgrade provides solutions for all mining, transportation, milling, processing and waste management activities. The organisation spans its organisation over 70 countries, with 16 service centers in Australia. The Energy Saver is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its operations. Environmental management and occupational health and safety are fully integrated into all operational procedures. Their operations are supported with compliance assurance processes, ensuring all applicable environmental legal requirements are identified and managed. The organisation has also introduced global standards for operational control of environmental, health and safety risks.

Description of the energy savings upgrade/equipment:
Key equipment involved in this project sites included the replacement of:
• 512 (quantity) 400W Highbay Metal Halide with Magnetic Ballasts
• 493 (quantity) 300W Induction Highbays

Financial and Business viability:
The organisation has pursued continual improvement in environmental performance, focusing on carbon footprint reduction and air emissions reduction. They identified several potential energy efficiency improvement projects within the plant, and aimed to adapting to escalating energy costs.By replacing the existing lighting to new low emissions products they were able to successfully reduce energy consumption.
By installing energy efficient induction lighting Weir Minerals achieved significant financial benefits from reduced energy consumption and additional revenue from the creation and sale of the Energy Savings Certificates. The combined income from certificate sales and energy savings is $ (?) per year.

Retail IMG_3297

Description of company:
This organization is one of Australia’s largest retailers, which carries a range of general merchandise and apparel products with 190 stores throughout Australia and New Zealand.

They are committed to introducing initiatives which reduce both their environmental impacts and improving the understanding of environmental initiatives within their team, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. They are particularly dedicated and focused on energy usage and introducing initiatives which reduce the amount of energy consumed.

Description of the energy savings upgrade/equipment:
This site upgraded the lighting on both the shop floor and the stockroom. With both areas operating lighting for an average of 5000 hours annually. The key equipment involved in this project was the replacement of 187  400W Metal Halides with Magnetic Ballast to 244   150.3W LED Highbays with Integrated Ballast.

Financial and Business viability:
In recognizing their responsibility to the environment, to operating in a sustainable manner, and the potential for profitability, IMG_2431this Energy Saver employed initiatives aimed at reducing their energy consumption. The installation of energy efficient lighting at one retail store demonstrated the positive results that can be achieved both in terms of energy savings and financial gain, with Energy  Savings forward created amounting to 3118.53 MWh and 3305 Energy Savings Certificates from this upgrade. Whilst the ESC was trading at an all- time low of $10.75 per certificate, the return from the sale of ESCs was still over $35,000 plus GST. Subsequently, the Retail chain has expanded the scope of stores to undergo lighting upgrades as to further increase their energy savings and margin for profitability.





Warehouse IMG_2153

A government site contacted one of our approved electrical suppliers looking to redo the lighting in their warehouse.  The site is in use 7 days a week and caters around the clock for maintenance work on large machinery.

The original lighting levels in the warehouse were averaging 150lx. Once the new quality LED High Bay lights were installed, the lighting levels averaged over 450lx which is a great improvement for the warehouse and the users of the space.

The project created 2410 Energy Savings Certificates with an approximate total value of $40, 800 + GST  and has benefited the customer with lower running costs, longer running life of the new lights and the pay out of the above certificates at the completion of the installation.

StrataNational Carbon Bank of Australia

A company, who specialises in the running of business buildings in the centre of Sydney, contacted us for multiple projects in 2011-2012. One memorable project for this customer was for a 6 storey commercial building which had the foyer lights on each level replaced.The foyer lights on each level were replaced with LED downlights. This change from halogen to LED downlights contributed to the light levels going up 10-50 lx in each area.

The project created 254 Energy Savings Certificates with an approximate total value of $6,858 and has saved the building owner money with lower running costs, longer running life of the new lights and the pay out of the above certificates at the completion of the installation.


Retail Duty Free (2)

A retail duty free store in central Sydney required a lighting upgrade across the shop floor.

The existing shop downlights were retro fitted with a LED dimmable Downlight that looked professional and provided a more quality spread and colour of light.

This Energy Savings Activity created 226 Energy Savings Certificates under the NSW Energy Savings Scheme with an approximate value of $3,842.00 to the shop. The duty free store not only benefited from receiving this money but has also been advantaged from ongoing lower running costs, longer running life of the new lights and a better quality lighting environment for their customers.


ClubNational Carbon Bank of Australia

A leagues club on the central coast of NSW approached us for a full club lighting upgrade. This large club has several bars, tabs, bingo areas, smoking courtyards, snooker room and restaurants.

The lights used in this installation were LED MR16 Down lights and LED High Bays. There were over 1000 lights installed across the club and surrounds.

This project created  over 3800 Energy Savings Certificates with value of close to $50,000  paid back to the club. The club benefits by having ongoing lower running costs, longer running life of the new lights and quality mood, outdoor and task lighting for their business.



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