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Energy Management

reduce energy related C02 emissions through efficiencies in operational management and cultural change

10% challenge logoAcross Australia, government departments, households, corporations, councils, universities and schools are combining to cut energy usage and carbon emissions by 10% to reduce the impact of global warming.

The University of Canberra has taken up the 10% Challenge and committed to reducing its energy consumption and improving its energy efficiency. We can a achieve a 10% reduction in energy use by making simple changes to the way we do things. Take a look at 'What you can do", and "What UC is doing".

Current Projects

1. University of Canberra GreenTrac - ITM and Estate and Facilities Management have collaborated to install PC power management software on 1500 staff PC's. The software will provide prompts and pop up screens to enable staff to track how efficiently they are using their PC and monitor and suggest ways to improve their performance and reduce the energy consumted by  their PC

2. Energy Master Plan - An initiative of Estate and Facilities Management, the Master Plan will provide insight into the future energy needs of the campus and make recommendations to ensure the development of the campus captures opportunities for innovation in the use, capture and distribution of energy. 

3. Upgrading old plant - the upgrade of old plant and equipment provides the opportunity to replace aged and inefficient infrastructure with new. This results in enhanced function and lower operational and maintenance costs, all at a lower emissions profile. Replacing aged heating, ventilation and cooling plant also assists in increasing the thermal comfort of campus buildings.

4. Refurbishment Approach - In 2014-2015 the refurbishment of buildings 6 and 11 will be jointly undertaken by an architect, who undertake the design brief; and an efficiency services company, who tend to the operational performance and thermal comfort of the buildings. The approach is designed to unite the need for good design, reduced operational costs and increased building amenity.

5. Building Management System - The UC Building Management System is in the process of a staged upgrade. When complete, the new system will enable Estate and Facilities Management (EM) to closely monitor and manage plant, equipment and lighting within UC buildings, enabling EM to maximise building use efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

Current Project Toggles

Reduce energy related CO2 emissions by:
10% by end 2011
15% by end 2012
20% by end 2013
25% by end 2014
30% by end 2015


Kg CO2-e/m2GFA
Tonnes CO2-e/EFTSL

Flick the switch

  • Switch off lights in meeting rooms and offices when you leave the room.
  • Switch off lights and computer monitors when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes, when you go to lunch, and especially when you clock off for the day.
  • Staff should remember to log out of their PCs (as opposed to shutting down or locking) at the end of every day. This will allow software applications to be installed or upgraded on an ongoing basis. The Greentrac application that is on all UC staff computers will ensure that PCs shut down once the updates have been installed.
  • Turn off kitchen appliances over weekends and campus breaks.

GreenTrackUC Logo

From July 2014, staff will be able to track how efficiently they use their work computers and monitor/s with Greentrac.  What will your score be? Get savvy and help the UC achieve 95% PC efficiency!

Explore how Sustainability relates to your chosen Career

Commit to becoming an asset in a sustainable future. Keep and eye out for opportunities to get involved through your coursework.

Be Climate Clever, Dress for the Weather

When summer ends dress in warmer clothes. Living in Canberra means living in layers. Thermals and clothing layers that can be added or taken off in response to changes in indoor and outdoor temperature are a must in this climate.

Resist bringing personal heating and cooling devices to campus - they confuse the thermostats in buildings. While you may be warm, other building users will suffer as the heating and cooling systems shut off in response to the additional heat in thermostat zones.