We are committed to becoming carbon neutral university by 2020 and implementing measures to conserve and enhance resources so that the needs of future generations are not compromised.
In line with our Strategic Plan 2009-2013, the first environmental audit across our operations to better understand its environmental impact identified:
Initiatives being investigated by Campus Services under the Carbon Reduction Project are focussed primarily on demand reduction initiatives (retrofitting) ahead of renewable energy options (photovoltaic installation) and low GHG emissions technology (Tri-generation).
The University of Southern Queensland carbon footprint outlines the emissions associated with activities over which we have operational control as defined by the National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting (NGER) Act 2007. The data is collected and calculated according to:
Emissions factors have been used from the NGA factors workbook for the year reported. To be as comprehensive as possible all sources are included that can be accurately estimated at present. Data from previous years has been recalculated as more accurate date has become available.
We are currently developing a reporting framework aligned with the sustainability reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to be utilised in our Environmental Management and Sustainability Reports to better communicate our journey and achievements in this area.
Copies of the following Environmental Sustainability Reports are available from the Environmental Office.
As a registered participant in the Queensland Smart Energy Savings Program and in compliance with the Clean Energy Act 2008 an Energy Efficiency Action Plan has been developed based on the key findings of a Level 2 Energy Audit conducted in late 2011. In alignment with our Carbon Reduction Strategy 2012-2014 a series of energy efficiency, conservation and management measures will be progressed across the Toowoomba campus.
Energy savings projects identified in the 2012-2014 period include: