Energy - Best Practice

Best Practice

Message to our students

Charles Sturt University has been certified Australia's first Carbon Neutral University. On 28 July 2016, the Australian Government's Carbon Neutral Program certified Charles Sturt University 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:

  • commissioning the Bathurst Cogeneration facility
  • implementing a large-scale Energy Performance Contract
  • establishing large-scale on-campus renewable energy generation

We will also support investment in energy efficiency improvements by continuing the rolling Energy Saving Initiative.

Importance of energy in sustainability

State and federal government legislative requirements drive Charles Sturt University 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.

Charles Sturt University's energy management is intrinsically linked to our carbon management. We addresses this by focusing on two key areas:

  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy and cleaner energy sources

The Energy Framework supports Charles Sturt University's response to these key areas of energy management and achieves:

  • reduction in operating costs and improvements in operational efficiencies
  • financial savings in the face of rising energy costs
  • compliance with energy efficiency regulations
  • decreased reliance on fossil fuels and their supply from overseas
  • heightened sense of responsibility in relation to climate change issues.

Read more on our carbon neutrality achievement


What are the Champion's positions and where are they located
Champion Position Campus
Peter Skewes Energy Manager Wagga Wagga
Steve Mitsch Division of Facilities Management Albury-Wodonga
Gareth Johnson Sustainability at Charles Sturt Clean Energy Strategy Wagga Wagga
Robert Englert Division of Facilities Management Wagga Wagga
Ben Moore Division of Facilities Management Dubbo
Michael Williams Division of Facilities Management Bathurst
Matt Newton Division of Facilities ManagementPort Macquarie
David Anderson Division of Facilities ManagementOrange
Richard OverallDivision of Facilities ManagementAlbury-Wodonga

The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas.  The grey bars reaching four (4) highlight best practice and the bars in orange indicate Charles Sturt University's current baseline ratings.  An absence of a blue bar indicates 'no progress' for this activity area.