Deakin is committed to being a sector leader in sustainability. By embedding our principles in everything we do, we will minimise our environmental impact, maintain our financial viability and promote the social aspects of sustainability whilst nurturing and enabling our future leaders.
Smart Microgrid Energy System at Deakin
Deakin University will host a new $30 million smart microgrid energy system at the Waurn Ponds campus. The Waurn Ponds Smart Energy Partnership between Deakin and AusNet Services will establish a 7.25 megawatt smart energy microgrid that includes a solar generation farm, one megawatt of battery storage capacity and an integrated new research and visualisation centre.
It will provide 54% of the campus electricity requirements and reduce the University’s carbon emissions by 12,000 tonnes per annum. This equates to 513,742 Geelong to Burwood car trips in a petrol car. It’s a major and exciting step within Deakin’s Carbon Management Strategy, and will work toward achieving Deakin’s aspiration to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The project will also have real time links with a new research, teaching and visualisation centre which will be instrumental in training the next generation of energy professionals. The program will support critical research and development to inform the rollout of sustainable microgrid systems in the community and their effective integration with existing energy networks.
Whilst the system is significant on its own, the project’s clear vision is to work with governments, industry and the community to expand on this solid foundation by diversifying and expanding research on renewable generation options.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Deakin is a signatory to the University Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Goals (UNSDGs):
The new UNSDGs, which came into effect on 1 January 2016, are an agreement by all countries to bring economic prosperity, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, peace, security and good governance to all by 2030.
Globally and in Australia, discussions are starting on how the country will meet the SDGs and the roles the different sectors have in enabling them to be achieved. Universities have a critical role to play through their research, innovation, education and leadership.
Amongst other initiatives Deakin’s work in establishing an Environmental, Social and Governance investment pool, developing a Carbon Management Strategy and being a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, supports the targets and objectives of the SDGs.
We are proud to be global leaders in sustainability reporting with the release of our latest sustainability report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.
Progress Report 2016
"Whether it’s sustaining the diversity of life on Earth, the viability of our work, or enjoyment of our environment, sustainability is central to maintaining our quality of life without compromising the needs of future generations."
Closing the Loop - A solution to organic waste at Deakin
Deakin was a finalist in the Green Gown Awards Australasia in a truly great example of closing the loop.
We undertook a food waste processing trial at Waurn Ponds Estate that not only reduced the amount of food waste going to landfill but returned the goodness back to the earth by using it as fertilizer in the beautiful kitchen garden.
With 19 food venues across our four campuses, Deakin is committed to finding ways to reduce the impact of food waste on campus and has plans to roll out the Closed Loop system further.
Deakin’s fighting the #WarOnWaste and working hard to improve our Sustainability. This is one of the ways you can take action - use a reusable cup and get a discount on your coffee at the same time.
Please direct Sustainability enquiries to:
Manager Organisational Sustainability,
03 522 78531 03 522 78531