Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.39
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date July 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

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

CO2 Australia (https://www.co2australia.com.au/), acting on behalf of the University of Tasmania, completed the surrender (extinguishment) of carbon offsets, as verified carbon credits, equivalent to a total greenhouse emissions offset of 35,668 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (t CO2-e) in June 2019.
The surrendered carbon credits comprise a mix of 3,800 Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) generated under the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (Carbon Farming Initiative) and 31,868 Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) generated under the Verified Carbon Standard. All of the credit types included are compliant with the (Australian) National Carbon Offset Standard.
See 'OP02_2018 Offsets - UTAS 2019 Surrender.pdf' for project details


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 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 Jan. 1, 2018 Jan. 1, 2015
End date Dec. 31, 2018 Dec. 31, 2015

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site
Number of employees resident on-site
Number of other individuals resident on-site
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment
Full-time equivalent of employees
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education
Weighted Campus Users

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 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
359,475 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 13,323 Square Metres
Healthcare space 0 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 22,004 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
4,393,020.94 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:

Examples of emissions reduction strategies in place at the University of Tasmania include:
• On-site renewable energy production (solar photovoltaic)
• Energy efficiency initiatives (e.g., performance contracts, building management and control systems upgrades, equipment upgrades, fuel source replacement)
• Sustainable transport infrastructure and service improvements
• Business travel decrease initiatives (‘virtual transport’)
• Vehicle fleet management (including 3 all-electric and 9 hybrid replacement cars)
• Furniture and IT equipment re-use programs
• Paper and toner use reduction initiatives (MyPrint, virtualisation)
• Engagement initiatives such as: challenges, competitions and displays; annual building level energy reporting; holiday shutdown; green Impact staff engagement program
See UTAS Public Disclosure Summaries in Department of Environment and Energy website for more details: https://www.climateactive.org.au/buy-climate-active/certified-members/university-tasmania


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

All data for emissions are taken from the UTAS Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2015 and 2018, except market-based scope 2 emissions from electricity. Market-based scope 2 emissions for those years were calculated as total supply through the meter minus number of Large Generation Certificates (LGCs) purchased and cancelled by electricity providers (assumed to be the minimum required by the Clean Energy Regulator, Australian Goverment) for the reported year. In the absence of a more specific emission factor, the location-based method emission factor was applied to the residual mix, following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidelines. Location emissions factors sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Accounts (Department of the Environment and Energy).

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