We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and are implementing measures to conserve and enhance resources so that the needs of future generations are not compromised. The first environmental audit carried out in 2009 across our operations identified:
- the majority, 89%, of our carbon footprint arises from electricity consumption.
The reporting framework utilised in the audit is closely aligned with the sustainable reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
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.
The University’s 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:
- the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008
- the National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA) Factors June 2017 workbook.
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.
Reporting and compliance
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.