University of Adelaide leads the way as Founding Partner
The University of Adelaide is leading the way as the first major institution to commit to Carbon Neutral Adelaide’s partnership program. The partnership program encourages organisations and individuals to pledge to reduce their carbon footprint, with the aim of achieving one million square metres of city floor space committed to lower carbon emissions by 2020.
"The University has pledged its commitment to making a contribution to the long-term sustainability of our state" said University of Adelaide Chief Operating Officer Bruce Lines.
The University of Adelaide’s pledge includes a $12.8 million investment in carbon emission reduction projects over five years as part the University’s overall $14.4 million Campus Sustainability Plan.
"Our new plan provides an exciting vision for campus sustainability. It comprises the University’s first coordinated suite of emission reduction projects, which will transition our institution towards low-carbon operations" said Mr Lines.
The University's targets for 2020 include:
- The installation of more than 9200 solar panels across the University's three campuses, resulting in two megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy systems
- A 15% improvement in energy performance
- A 50% reduction in waste to landfill.
By committing to the program, the University is playing its part in helping Adelaide become the world’s first carbon neutral city.