ACU’s monitors its annual greenhouse gas emissions as part of its standard measurement and reporting of its environmental impacts.
The latest full-year greenhouse gas data for ACU is 2017. That data measures ACU’s greenhouse gas in the normalised metric of ‘Carbon Dioxide equivalent, or CO2e. This is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact.
In 2017, ACU emitted a total of 25,600 tonnes of CO2e, composed of the following:
15,900 tonnes of CO2e were from ACU’s consumption of electricity
7,850 tonnes of CO2e were from ACU’s air travel emissions
950 tonnes of CO2e were from the consumption of natural gas
900 tonnes of CO2e were from the waste that ACU sent to landfill
ACU has one of the lowest levels of greenhouse gas emissions among Australian Universities, with the latest data indicating that it has the second lowest level of emissions after the University of Tasmania, which benefits from sourcing the majority of its electricity from Tasmania’s low-emissions hydropower turbines.