Energy consumption is one of the major sources of ACU’s environmental impacts, and energy efficiency is the single most important way to reduce those impacts, no matter the source of energy.

ACU’s energy efficiency is the sum of many small and large actions, including:

  • The construction of energy-efficient buildings such as The Daniel Mannix Building (Melbourne), the John Paul II Building and Mercy Building (Brisbane), the Veritas Building (Canberra) and St Brigid’s Health Sciences Building (Ballarat)
  • Highly efficient LED lighting in many locations on each campus
  • Control of air conditioning and heating settings in ACU buildings
  • The use of light sensors in new buildings and in renovated spaces
  • The use of building management software to provide real-time monitoring of the energy performance of many of ACU’s buildings
  • Low-energy PCs and multi-function devices.

In 2019, ACU consumed 18,000 gigawatt hours of electricity and 15,000 gigajoules of gas.

To find out what you can do to help reduce energy at ACU, please see our What you can do to save energy page and contact us with your energy saving ideas.


Renewable energy at ACU

ACU is presently assessing its options for purchasing renewable energy from wind and solar farms throughout Australia in order to supply 100% of its electricity needs with renewable electricity.

ACU operates only one solar array at present, at its Ballarat Campus. The Ballarat solar array is located on the roof of the St Brigid’s School of Health Sciences. It consists of a 30-kilowatt array of solar panels that produce around 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

Several other solar projects are under consideration for ACU.

 

Page last updated on 23/01/2020

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