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

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.46 / 8.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 5.88 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 5.93 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 0.51 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0.79 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 86.46 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 90.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 92.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 96.74 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Institution-catalyzed carbon offsets generated 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

N/A


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 92.85 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 96.74 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date July 1, 2019 July 1, 2018
End date June 30, 2020 June 30, 2019

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:

The baseline was adopted as part of the baselining exercise for targets related to the University of Sydney Sustainability Strategy 2020. 2018/2019 was the most recent year without significant ecological and external factors to affect figures - a normal year.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,051 1,180
Number of employees resident on-site 10 10
Number of other individuals resident on-site 13 13
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 54,904.16 52,246.30
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,970.13 4,985.20
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted Campus Users 46,933.97 43,234.13

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
11.59

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
853,684 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 8,134.12 Square Metres
Healthcare space 0 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 0 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
869,952.24 Gross Square Metres

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0 MtCO2e / GSM

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

LED lighting upgrades (Carparks and a student 24/7 space in Carslaw Building)
Building Tuning / BMS optimisation project across buildings on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus
Building retro-commissioning (School of Information Technology Building and and New Law Building )
The University Sustainability Framework for Buildings including required design standards (which will be replaced by Green Star framework from 2021).
Additional on-site generation added on our Camperdown/Darlington campus with rooftop solar on 3 new buildings being commissioned - Susan Wakil, Chau Chak Wing Museum and Engineering and Technology Precinct bringing the total to 23 buildings with rooftop solar equalling 1.1MW generation.
Communication room are in switch-off mode during non-peak times and in buildings not used due to COVID restrictions are put into weekend mode with lights, A/C and monitoring powered down to very minimal use.
Christmas and public holiday closedown and switch off. Buildings are powered down or off during the three weeks of the university Christmas and New Year holidays. This results in the only buildings with lights on are being used to promote campus safety (light reflects on to public walkways and park areas) but AC etc. is powered down.
During the COVID restrictions period, the University powered down large parts of the Camperdown/Darling area and chose to prioritise student 24/7 areas in terms of electricity use. Before staff left to start working from home, they were reminded to power down any equipment not going home with them in a bid to reduce emissions.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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WCU for performance year differ from the WCU as per PRE5. Our performance years are on the financial year (1 July to 30 June). This is due to our required government reporting on emissions, energy use, waste and water (NGERS). The number of people provided in PRE5 is based on our census date of Semester 1 - 25 March of that year.

Figures in Part 1 differ from the Inventory displayed in OP1. The inventory provided in OP1 is the University's NGERS (National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting) which contains information linked to the University's extended boundary. For STARS reporting, our boundary was reduced to properties where the University has direct operational control i.e. omitting leased spaces and residential colleges. This accounts for space where the Sustainability Strategy 2020 has remit to make changes.

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.