Why an energy and carbon portfolio?
The main impact associated with energy use is that it contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming. Energy consumption represents approximately 98% of the University’s greenhouse gas emissions.
UOW has set targets to reduce energy consumption, increase the use of renewable energy generated onsite and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy performance at UOW has improved over recent years with a 1.4% reduction in 2017 compared to 2016, and a 15% reduction over the last five years. This improvement has been achieved by the implementation of behavioural and infrastructure change initiatives. The figure below shows Wollongong Campus energy performance (consumption of electricity and natural gas per square metre).
As UOW operations continue to grow, reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions will be a challenge. Therefore adequate energy and carbon management actions are required to address these challenges and achieve UOW energy and carbon targets.