As a leading education and research centre, the University of Adelaide believes that it is important to ‘lead by example’ when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change.
With the university supporting a community that is larger than the population of some small cities, going carbon neutral is a bold move.
All three of the university’s campuses – at North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy – are part of a new Campus Sustainability Plan that will cost $14.4 million over four years.
While South Australia has the goal of achieving zero emissions by 2050, the university has set a range of targets to reach by 2020 - before it heads towards the ultimate goal of zero emissions.
With more that $12 million of the budget dedicated to carbon emission reduction projects on campus, the university anticipates strong support from staff and students. A range of measures will be deployed to drive sustainability and reduce emissions, including:
- the installation of more than 9200 solar panels across the three campuses, resulting in two megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy systems
- a 15% improvement in energy performance, and
- a 50% reduction in waste to landfill.
The University of Adelaide is proud to have been the first major institution to sign up to Carbon Neutral Adelaide’s partnership program in November 2016.