The University of Melbourne is continuing to transform energy usage and reduce its carbon footprint through energy projects on and off campus.
We are a large energy consuming community of more than 60,000 full time staff and students working and studying across 450 buildings on seven campuses. It is a priority for us to be able to continue to support critical research and teaching functions long into the future through a sustainable approach to our energy and emissions usage.
Climate positive by 2030
The University of Melbourne has committed to achieve carbon neutral certification by 2025 and climate positive status by 2030. ‘Climate positive’ is a step further than ‘carbon neutral’ as it removes more greenhouse gas emissions than generated. This commitment was announced by the Vice Chancellor in October 2021.
In the Sustainability Plan 2017–2020 the University's priority to reduce its energy consumption and emissions was outlined under the following targets, which are on track to be meet.
- Achieve carbon neutrality before 2030
- Achieve net zero emissions from electricity by 2021
- Reduce electricity demand by 18,350 megawatt hours per year by 2020 through on-campus energy projects.
- Maintain minimum five-star Green Star ‘Design and as Built’ rating (or equivalent) for all new buildings, achieving a minimum six-star or equivalent by 2020.
See how the University is tracking on the progress of these targets at 2020 Sustainability Report.
Clean energy now
Since 2016, the University has reduced its energy-related carbon emissions through projects both on and off campus.
These projects have led to major reductions in emissions as well as significant operational efficiencies. Projects have involved:
- Reducing energy consumption through demand management on campus
- Generating renewable energy on campus
- Engaging in market mechanisms and renewable energy projects off campus