Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.19 / 3.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

The University of Sydney has completed an inventory to quantify Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the 2019/20 financial year as part of its requirement under The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGERS Act). The data provided as part of NGERS is formally internally reviewed and assured before external submission.

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act) introduced a single national framework for reporting and disseminating company information about greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and energy consumption.

There are multiple documents and methods developed by the Clean Energy Regulator that describes the methods for assessment and verification processes. The methodology for reporting is comprehensive and updated annually as detailed by the NGERs Act. Data collation and aggregation is conducted internally.
http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/NGER.


Has the GHG emissions inventory been validated internally by personnel who are independent of the GHG accounting and reporting process and/or verified by an independent, external third party?:
Yes

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:

NGERS-related data is submitted to and verified by an independent, external third party, The Clean Energy Regulator. This data was included in our submission to build the carbon Inventory


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 5.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 0.51 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
6.39 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 86.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
86.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 26,949 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting No ---
Purchased goods and services No ---
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No ---
Waste generated in operations Yes 1,861 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources Yes 413 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
29,223 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:

The University has a centralised travel system and agent/buyer. Each flight quoted and ticket purchased by the University is issued with a CO2e notice including impact depending on class of travel to make the traveller aware of their emissions impacted.
The University tracks KMs travelled and tCO2e impact which is provided to the Sustainability Team on a quarterly basis. This information is used to track our progress towards our flight reduction target.


Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
No

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) ---
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources ---
Area sources ---
Mobile sources ---
Commuting ---
Off-site electricity production ---

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

The University of Sydney inventory including our Source 3 emissions has been attached under additional documentation to support submission. This was created in collaboration with other Group of Eight Universities as part of our ongoing partnership with them. This inventory was conducted in February 2020.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.