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.
To meet our ongoing energy targets, we will implement a multi-faceted strategy to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related carbon intensity. This strategy includes:
We will also support investment in energy efficiency improvements by continuing the rolling Energy Saving Initiative.
State and federal government legislative requirements drive CSU and other institutions to use energy wisely and efficiently in our operations.
The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (2007) requires all facilities and organisations emitting above a certain threshold to report the source of their greenhouse gas emissions and submit figures to the federal government.
Most states have requirements for large energy users to report actions to reduce use and increase efficiencies through to state government agencies.
CSU's energy management is intrinsically linked to our carbon management. We addresses this by focusing on two key areas:
The Energy Framework supports CSU's response to these key areas of energy management and achieves:
Read more on our carbon neutrality achievement
The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas. The orange bars reaching four (4) highlight best practice and the lower bars in blue indicate CSU's current baseline ratings. An absence of a blue bar indicates 'no progress' for this activity area.