About Deakin

Environmental sustainability

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Co-generation Plant, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Between 2010-2011 Deakin University released 54,457 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to over 900 million black balloons! The Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions program aims to achieve continual improvement in energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions, and to ensure ongoing strategic monitoring of our emissions.


  • energy consumption reduced by at least 15% by 2012 (compared with the 2009 base level)
  • greenhouse gas emissions reduced by at least 15% by 2012 (compared with the 2009 base level)

Key activities undertaken

  • detailed energy and emissions audits to improve baseline data on the University's current performance
  • offsetting GHG emissions produced by Office for Sustainability events as well as University Open Days
  • feasibility study into renewable energy at the Warrnambool Campus
  • major energy reduction retrofitting at the Geelong Waterfront Campus
  • participation in the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) initiative

2012 Key actions

  • continue to purchase accredited green power for the Warrnambool Campus
  • development of a Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Action Management Plan
  • investigate the offsetting of emissions produced from domestic and overseas air travel

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Creating a renewable future!

Student residence buildings vary in size and age, but all share high energy consumption: lighting, heating and hot water. The same size as the average house, each houses six to twelve students. One resident building at each of the Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds and Burwood campuses will be fitted with solar and heat pump systems (which generate heat through an air or ground source exchange), to provide up to 50% of the energy requirements. Each building will have an internal display system instantly showing energy consumption and highlighting the effects of day-to-day activities.

Energy Audits

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Deakin University has conducted detailed energy and emissions audits at its Geelong Waterfront Campus and its Warrnambool Campus to improve baseline data on the University’s current performance and improve energy efficiency. These audits undertaken in 2009 were the first phase of a three year energy audit program across all campuses. For more information about this initiative please download the Enegy Audit fact sheet. (194 KB)

Green Power

In April 2011, the University purchased 20% Green Power for the Warrnambool Campus, which will be powered by a range of renewable sources including wind and solar. The Green Power initiative will save 845 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year which is equivalent to over 165 million black balloons! Visit Green Power for more information regarding the initiative.

To learn some interesting facts about energy, please download the Energy fact sheet. (797 KB)

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

5th July 2012