Strategy & Reporting

The University of Adelaide is committed to reducing carbon emissions from our campus operations, finding sustainable solutions through our research, and educating the next generation of environmentally conscious leaders.

Campus Sustainability Plan (2016-2020)

The University's first Campus Sustainability Plan (2016-2020) contained a coordinated suite of targets and strategies to reduce carbon emissions and help foster sustainability in campus life.

The Plan was centered around infrastructure improvements, communications and engagement. 

Sustainability Strategy (2022-2030)

A new, more ambitious Sustainability Strategy (2022-2030), will build on the achievements of the first plan, incorporating strategies and goals relating to:

  • Leadership and Community Impact 
  • Learning and Teaching 
  • Research and Engagement; and 
  • Our Campus Environment.

Mandatory annual reporting

The University reports Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act 2007 ; and licensed waste activities under the Environment Protection Act 1993.

The University also reports to the National Pollutant Inventory; and to the Tertiary Education Facility Management Association and Group of Eight, for sector bench-marking purposes.

The University's Carbon Emissions Inventory considers all scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions related to university business, and demonstrates a significant reduction over time. 

Carbon Emissions Inventory
  2018 2019 2020 2021
Direct emissions
Scope 1 – Natural gas, transport fuels, stationary fuels.
3,779 3,884 3,570 3,332
Direct emissions
Scope 2 – Purchased electricity.
25,949 25,086 20,673 19,812
Indirect emissions
Scope 3 – Offsite waste disposal, water, business flights and accommodation, construction, postage, couriers and freight, IT equipment, cleaning services, transmission and distribution losses, livestock, employee commuting, food and catering, ride share and taxis.
50,699 48,200 28,988 25,873
TOTAL (CO2e tonnes) 80,427 77,170 53,231 49,017