In 2016, the University's activities generated more than 43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. We have already put some important steps in place as we work proactively towards zero carbon campuses.
Since July 2017, the University has been phasing out the use of coal to heat our Dunedin campus via the district heating scheme. We use steam, produced by Pioneer Energy at their Dunedin Energy Centre, for heating and hot water in twenty-nine of our buildings.
Instead of coal, Pioneer is supplying the University with 90,000 GJ of seasoned woodchip fuel annually. This wood is sourced from local FSC-certified forests, helping to support sustainability and the local economy.
By 2020, this initiative is expected to cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions linked to our energy consumption by half and is key to helping us achieve our carbon reduction target and will help us get closer to our renewable energy target.