CSU = Carbon Neutral

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Australia’s first carbon neutral university

CSU has been certified Australia's first Carbon Neutral University. On 28 July 2016, the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program certified CSU as 'carbon neutral' against the National Carbon Offset Standard.

Australia’s first and only carbon neutral university, CSU news article

What does carbon neutral mean?

Carbon neutrality is achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for a particular activity, process or organisation. To become carbon neutral, organisations calculate their greenhouse gas emissions, reduce emissions as much as possible and then purchase carbon offsets or carbon credits equivalent to the remaining emissions. This process results in emissions being offset and leads to net zero emissions or carbon neutrality.


Our commitment to a sustainable future

Professor Andrew Vann, Vice Chancellor at CSU, highlighted our commitment to sustainability. Upon the announcement of our certification, Professor Vann said, "Through this certification, Charles Sturt University is showing all Australian communities how we can live more sustainable lives in our unique environment.

With this accreditation, we hope that we can inspire other organisations both regional and national, to seek to achieve these standards and do their bit for the planet. Through becoming Australia's first and only carbon neutral university, Charles Sturt is living out the Wiradjuri phrase Yindyamarra Winhanganha, or 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'."

How we're staying green

Through the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) process, we must maintain an emissions reduction program. We will achieve this through our energy saving and carbon offset projects. These projects are part of who we are and speak directly to our values and ethos.

We're working together

Reducing carbon emissions and improving energy saving measures is something for everyone at CSU.

We're proud of our achievements and our commitment to sustainability. We believe we're in a unique position to lead and inspire organisations nationally and internationally.

We encourage our communities, staff, students and Alumni to reduce their carbon footprint by:

Our daily activities

To further keep us on track, we also encourage our students and staff to:

  • Make small changes such as walking or riding a bike instead of driving
  • Choose a car that isn't oversized for your travel needs and travelling with colleagues or classmates where possible
  • Switch off equipment such as lights, locally-controlled air-conditioners and computers when not required
  • Support suppliers who demonstrate sound, sustainable practices.

Our road to becoming carbon neutral

Our plan to become a carbon neutral started in 2007. Below is a list of our achievements in the last nine years that have led us to this point.






Carbon offset portfolio

CSU’s Carbon Offset portfolio for 2015 and 2016 includes four sustainability projects:

Project name: CO2 Australia Creating a Better Climate Program – Reforestation in the historically cleared farmlands of NSW

Location:New South Wales, Australia

Description: Extensive plantings of native eucalypt tree species have progressively been established by CO2 Australia through central New South Wales across the past decade. Plantings include tree belts integrated into existing farming operations, and larger consolidated plantings delivering larger scale abatement outcomes.  Species have been selected for drought, disease and fire tolerance, with mallee eucalypts favoured for many project locations. For some projects, revenue share arrangements have been negotiated with landholders, so that proceeds from carbon sales flow back to landholders. Revegetation in what are otherwise heavily cleared landscapes delivers a number of biodiversity and environmental co-benefits, as well as helping to promote the uptake of carbon projects and tree planting by local landholders.

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Project name: Wulabo Wind-Farm Project – Wind generated energy


Description: Under this project, a 30MW wind power farm has been developed within Wulabo area of Tuoli Town of Urumqi County. Twenty wind turbines with 1.5MW per-unit capacity have been established with the expectation of generating 95,430 MWh, around 89,080MWh of which is being delivered into the Northwest power grid annually. By replacing fossil fuel fired power generation within the grid, this medium-scale project is expected to deliver annual emissions reductions of around 83,000 tCO2.

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Project name: Hebei Chengde Weichang Yudaokou Pasture 150 MW Wind Farm Project

Wind-generated energy

Location: China

Description: The project involves in installation and operation of 100 wind turbines with a total electricity production capacity of 150 MW. The power generated by the project is transmitted to the North China Power Grid, displacing what would otherwise be coal fired electricity production. The project has been assessed and verified under both the Clean Development Mechanism, and the Verified Carbon Standard. Benefits described for the project include reduced reliance on fossil fuels, reduced local air pollution and improved employment and income opportunities for local residents.

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Project name: 10.9 MW Bundled Solar Power Project – Solar electricity generation


Description: Through this project, new solar electricity installations have been established in southern India, with the electricity generated being fed into several different sections of the Indian power grid. Solar installations have been placed into ‘green-fields’ locations, where solar systems have not been previously installed. The solar installations are expected to have a 25 year operating life and, the electricity that they produce, is displacing production that would have otherwise been sourced from fossil fuels. Co-benefits described for the project include increasing employment and incomes in impoverished rural areas, promoting the uptake of solar technologies and improving the consistent availability of electricity to local industry and households.

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