A city in Australia’s tropical north aims to be the first in the country to go carbon-neutral within 20 years, with the help of a plan worth A$3.1 billion ($2.2 billion) designed by French utility company Engie SA.
Under the plan, Greater Springfield in the state of Queensland would produce more energy by 2038, all based on renewable energy, with hydrogen refueling, a solar farm and solar panels on all available rooftops.
More than a third of the city’s homes already have rooftop solar units.
Transport would become cleaner with hydrogen buses, shared transport, electric vehicle-charging infrastructure, and electric scooters, according to the plan by Engie’s Tractebel and sustainable solutions arms.
Greater Springfield, Australia’s first masterplanned city since the country’s capital Canberra, was established in 1992. Its population is expected to triple to around 136,000 over the next 20 years.