A New Sustainability Strategy

The Infrastructure Branch is leading the development of the University's next Sustainability Strategy in conjunction with a select group of academics and professional staff who specialise in climate change, low-carbon technology and community adaptation.

The Strategy will include recommended targets and action plans, reporting mechanism and governance activities. Each goal within the new Sustainability Strategy will have a specific Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) focus.

The 17 United Nations SDGs were developed in 2015 as a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity and improve sustainability performance globally, while protecting the planet. Universities have a unique and critical role in helping the world achieve the SDGs through their research, teaching, operations and community leadership.

Sustainable development goals

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Sustainability Strategy development

Progress to date in the development of the Strategy includes:

  • Mission, Values and Vision Workshop with invited staff (Q4 2021)
  • Sustainability Student Leaders Workshop (Q4 2021)
  • Climate Action and Sustainability Survey distributed to all staff, students and alumni (Q4 2021)
  • Campus Decarbonisation Workshop hosted by KPMG with invited staff (Q4 2021)
  • Development of a Public Sustainability Statement formalising the University's intention (Q1 2022)
  • Endorsement of the Sustainability Strategy Framework by the Vice Chancellors Executive Committee (Q2 2022)

Next steps will include:

  • Targeted survey to senior managers designed to capture the University's current sustainability activity, and identify challenge areas
  • Release of the Draft Sustainability Strategy
  • In-person feedback sessions on the Draft Strategy with staff and students
  • Online feedback opportunities on the Draft Strategy for the University and wider community

Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee

The Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee meet monthly to provide advice and recommendations that help with the identification and prioritisation of future sustainability strategies, projects and initiatives.

Steering committee members

Regular guests and collaborators include Directors of the Environment Institute and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy & Resources.


The following definitions are being applied in the development of all aspects of the Sustainability Strategy.

Sustainability: To live, work and develop in ways that respect and fairly balance the needs of our ecosystems and intergenerational communities. 

Net Zero: The University’s scope 1 and 2 emissions are balanced via removal of equal greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. This includes natural gas, refrigerants, transport and stationary fuels and purchased electricity. 

Carbon Neutral: The University’s scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions are balanced via removal of equal greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. This includes natural gas, refrigerants, transport and stationary fuels, purchased electricity, waste to landfill, water, business flights and accommodation, staff commute, transmission and distribution losses, cylindrical gases, IT equipment, cleaning services, food and catering services, taxi and ride share services, postage, couriers and freight, construction and livestock emissions.