ACU already has one of the lowest levels of greenhouse gas emissions among Australian Universities, with the latest data indicating that its greenhouse emissions per student are less than half the University sector’s average.

ACU is nonetheless committed to minimising and then eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions.

Presently, ACU is aiming to purchase renewable electricity from wind and solar farms throughout Australia in order to meet 100% of its electricity needs. This will eliminate up to 60% of its annual greenhouse gas emissions.

ACU has also committed to offsetting 100% of its air travel emissions by purchasing carbon offsets generated by Aboriginal communities engaged in traditional land management practices. This will offset a further 25% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The latest full-year greenhouse gas data for ACU is 2019. 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 2019, ACU emitted approximately 24,000 tonnes of CO2e, composed of the following:

  1. 16,200 tonnes of CO2e were from ACU’s consumption of electricity
  2. 6,225 tonnes of CO2e were from ACU’s air travel emissions
  3. 775 tonnes of CO2e were from the consumption of natural gas
  4. 400 tonnes of CO2e were from the waste that ACU sent to landfill


Page last updated on 23/01/2020

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