ANU is one of the largest energy users in the ACT, generating approximately 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year from electricity and gas use. Energy at ANU is sourced from electricity, gas, and onsite renewable energy (photovoltaic arrays and evacuated tube solar hot water)1.

Like most universities, significant growth in campus population and building space since 2006 has made it difficult to reduce total campus energy use. ANU also has a large number of energy intensive research facilities including the National Computation Infrastructure (NCI) building which is responsible for 15 per cent of the total annual electricity use on campus. Another challenge for ANU is that Canberra has an extreme climate with large seasonal temperature differences.

1 Figures for energy use at ANU exclude fuel for fleet motor vehicles and staff and student work-related air travel.


To significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions generated by the operations of ANU.


Reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions:

  • 35 per cent by the end of 20202

2 Targets are from the 2009-2015 EMP and will be updated when the 2016-2020 EMP is finalised.


  • Construction of energy efficient buildings through best practice design
  • Improving energy-efficiency of existing buildings
  • Installing onsite renewable energy
  • Behaviour change and education programs
  • Improving energy consumption monitoring, auditing and reporting


  • Annual greenhouse gas emissions per person have been reduced by 13 per cent since 2006
  • Energy use per person has been reduced by 9.9 per cent since 2006
  • 33 per cent increase in renewable energy between 2006 and 2014