New software to help create a sustainable campus

8 June 2012

The University of Sydney has achieved the first milestone in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions by securing the Carbon Systems web-based software to capture and report on sustainability data.

Carbon Systems is a comprehensive enterprise web-based platform that will capture, process and report on a range of utilities, environmental and sustainability data across the University's numerous facilities. It will monitor the use of electricity, gas, fuel and water as well as waste generation and carbon emissions across the University's buildings and assets.

This data will provide the Engineering and Sustainability Unit greater visibility into consumption patterns, help University-wide benchmarking and assist with the roll out of energy and resource efficiency. It will also inform cost reduction opportunities and future carbon management programmes.

In 2011, the Engineering and Sustainability unit within Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS) developed a number of strategies aimed at reducing the University's carbon emissions. These strategies are a part the CIS commitment to tackle carbon management on several fronts and deliver both financial and environmental benefits to the University community.

Benefits will include curtailing the impact of escalating energy prices and more effective planning of sustainability projects to create a more sustainable University.

Key sustainability outcomes that will be facilitated by use of the reporting platform include:

Effective management of utilities and sustainability data

  • An improvement in cost, time and quality of data management through the use of an automated software tool.
  • Assurance and confidence provided to decision-makers through exception reporting, automated error checking and audit trails.
  • A broader visibility and insight into University sustainability trends will be provided from the following data inputs: Utility tariff rates and costs for water, gas & electricity, fuel-consumption, building sub-meters, waste statistics, sustainable procurement data.

Robust business sustainability and compliance reporting

  • Ease of access to reports and dashboards summarising key resource consumption, cost, environmental and compliance data will be afforded by the system.
  • Compliance with emerging reporting commitments of the University such as the National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting Act (NGERs), Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Act, Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) and Go8 will be facilitated.

Benchmarking and efficiency modelling

  • Benchmarking externally and internally will help the team develop future sustainability strategies and initiatives.
  • Analytical and modelling tools will be used to assess energy efficiency and project scenarios to select optimal energy efficiency projects and initiatives that deliver the best returns.

The platform is due to be rolled-out in the coming months.

Contact: Brigitte Bambridge

Phone: 02 9351 2091