National Greenhouse Energy Reporting
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act, 2007 requires organisations to report energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions if they exceed certain thresholds. It was identified in 2008, that UOW exceeded the NGER facility thresholds for energy consumption and emission generation (shown in Table A) at Wollongong Campus (including UOW Pulse, UOW Enterprises, administrative areas, academic faculties and schools and some construction activities) and ancillary services such as Accommodation Services.
Table A: National Greenhouse Energy Reporting Thresholds for Facilities
|NGER Facility thresholds|
|Energy Consumed||100 TJ|
|Emissions Generated||25kt CO2-e|
As a result, UOW is required to report under the NGER Act and the first report was submitted in October 2009. This report involved collating data for the 08/09 financial year and included information on electricity and gas consumed at the Wollongong Campus, Accommodation Sites, as well as the offsite Printery and Engineering workshops and fuel (petrol and diesel) consumed by UOW vehicles and equipment, hire vehicles and shuttle bus.
The data is reported according to whether it is a Scope 1 or Scope 2 emission. Scope 1 emissions are those produced directly by UOW operations, such as the combustion of fossil fuels on UOW sites or in UOW equipment. Examples include natural gas combusted in UOW buildings for heating and petrol combusted in UOW vehicles for transport; Scope 2 emissions are those produced by the electricity generator in order to supply UOW with electricity.
The greenhouse gas emissions and energy totals reported under NGER are shown in Table B below.
Table B: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Totals reported for NGER
|Period||Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Energy|
|Scope 1 |
|Scope 2 |
|Total of Scope 1 & Scope 2 |
|Energy Consumed |
|Energy Produced |