energy use by using more efficient lighting and air conditioning, and generating more energy on its campuses using solar energy systems.” In addition to its carbon saving systems, CSU is investing in a range of projects, through Australian company CO2 Australia, that provide carbon offset credits and allow the institution to bring the balance of its emissions down to zero and maintain its certified carbon neutral status. These projects include: • The CO2 Australia Creating a Better Climate Program – a reforestation project in the historically cleared farmlands in NSW The Wulabo Wind Farm Project – a wind farm developed in Urumqi County, China The Hebei Chengde Weichang Yudaokou Pasture 150 Wind Farm Project – a wind farm involving 100 wind turbines transmitting power to the North China Power Grid The 10.9 MW Bundled Solar Power Project – a solar electricity installation in southern India.
Road to becoming carbon neutral
CSU’s plan to become carbon neutral started more than 10 years ago. Below is a list of achievements in the last nine years that have led us to this point. 2016 Procurement of CO2-e offsets from Australian and international projects Submission of NCOS Carbon Neutral documentation to Department of Environment Electric carts introduced at Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses Commissioning of solar PV systems at CSU in Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, rated at 216 kW of combined output 2015 CSU awarded inaugural Energy Productivity in Action Business Leader (Commercial) Award from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage CSU Organics established at Orange campus Battery recycling established at multiple campuses Energy Performance Contract (EPC) implemented at CSU in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst 2014 – 2013 Number of smart meters connected to CSU network reaches 500 Commissioning of CSU in Bathurst cogeneration facility Best practice office waste recycling system introduced 2012 – 2009 CSU Awarded Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Award of Excellence for sustainability CSU awarded NSW Government’s Green Globe Award for Regional Sustainability CSU’s organisation-wide building management and sub-metering network established 2008 – 2003 Energy retrofit program completed with assistance from NSW Government Public Facilities Program CSU Green office formed CSU achieves one of the first regionally-located 6-Star Green Star rated office buildings at CSU in Albury-Wodonga Target established for CSU to become a carbon neutral organisation
CO2 Australia’s Managing Director, James Bulinski, said he was very impressed with the level of commitment CSU has shown to ensuring it uses only high quality offsets, delivering real emissions reductions and on-ground benefits. “CSU has applied a very rigorous selection process for their offset purchasing and have consistently communicated their need for offsets to be high quality verified credits that are recognised by the Australian standard and which deliver a range of co-benefits. “It’s been really exciting to see how CSU wants to be handson with offsetting activities. The University wanted to support local projects and I’m very pleased that we are able to work with them on some of our revegetation projects in regional NSW, which deliver a wide range of biodiversity and land management benefits, on top of the emissions reductions.” For more information about CSU’s approach to staying carbon neutral, visit: csu.edu.au/csugreen
CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY ALUMNI