Energy and carbon

Reducing fossil fuel consumption and supporting clean energy sources is paramount to managing climate change. From 1 January 2020, the University’s Newcastle and Central Coast campuses will use 100% renewable electricity and we will move toward a target of carbon neutrality by 2025.

We publicly report our greenhouse gas emissions under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme at the facility level for our Callaghan campus. Electricity consumption generated approximately 90% of our Scope 1 and 2* emissions – approximately 34,000 tonnes in 2019 from running our facilities.

Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions (eg mains gas);

Scope 2: Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam. Emissions figures are represented as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Priority actions

  • Establish a dedicated Energy Management Project Board to oversee the development and implementation of the Energy and Carbon Management Strategy, including the investigation of energy self-generation, storage, feedback to the network grid and building strategic relationships with the retailers
  • Implement the 100% renewable electricity contract from 1 January 2020 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2025

Measures of success

  • Deliver 100% renewable electricity across our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses from 1 January 2020
  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2025

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

7 - Affordable and clean energy9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure11 - Sustainable cities and communities13 - Climate action17 - Partnerships for the goals

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.