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DATE TO FROM REFERENCE 24 October 2013 Vice Chancellor and President Aaron Magner, Director, UNSW Sustainability National Greenhouse and Energy Report 2012/13

UNSW Sustainability | Vice President University Services EMAIL: TEL: 0418 964 806 Introduction This is an executive summary of UNSWs National Greenhouse and Energy Report for 2012/13. Executive Summary There were some significant changes in the energy consumption, energy production and greenhouse gas emissions profile for UNSW in the 2012/13 NGER reporting period. UNSW has been pursuing a strategy of increased on-site generation in the form of solar photovoltaic, cogeneration and tri-generation. As a result, there has been a total net increase in energy consumption as the University consumes more natural gas, but imports less electricity from the grid. This can be seen in Figure 1 (see below) where energy consumption has increased significantly as has energy produced. There is also a corresponding increase in scope 1 emissions from the combustion of natural gas, but a decrease in scope 2 emissions. This is expected with a micro-generation strategy whereby generation inefficiencies are shifted from the power station to site. There is however a net reduction in greenhouse emissions as relatively clean co-generation/trigeneration offsets more emissions intensive electricity from the grid. ELECTRICITY Electricity Consumption Electricity consumption reduced by 2.5% in 2012/13 compared to the year before. This consumption figure is net and includes self-generated electricity. Electricity Generation Photovoltaic There was a net increase of 89.5% in electricity generation mainly from the Kensington campus where photovoltaic generation went from 133,467 kWh in 2011/12 to 270,445 kWh in 2012/13. Photovoltaic generation supplies 0.4% of total UNSW electricity consumption in 2012/13 up from 0.2% in 2011/12 Electricity Generation Co-generation & Tri-generation Electricity from co-generation and tri-generation sources has also increased significantly from 2,694,317 kWh in 2011/12 to 5,160,290 kWh in 2012/13. This represents an increase of 91.5% Co-generation and trigeneration now supplies 7% of UNSWs total electricity consumption, up from 3.5% last year. This is largely attributed to the first full (NGER reporting) year operation of the tri-generation plant in the Tyree Energy Technology Building, which generates 750 kW of electricity. NATURAL GAS Natural Gas Consumption Total natural gas consumption has increased by 27% from 88,054 GJ in 2011/12 to 111,731 GJ in 2012/13. This years NGER records the first full year of operation for the tri-generation plant in the Tyree Building, which consumed 28,234 GJ of natural gas in 2012/13 representing 25% of total UNSW natural gas consumption and a value greater than the increase in total natural gas consumption from 2011/12. In other words, if not for the first full year of the Tyree Buildings new tri-generation plant, natural gas consumption would have been less

than last year. Natural gas used for co-generation/tri-generation increased from 27,672 GJ in 2011/12 to 55,708 this year. OTHER REPORTABLE ITEMS Other fuel sources make up less than 5% of total energy consumption in the 2012/13 reporting period. These sources include fleet vehicle fuel use, grounds and backup generators as well industrial and specialist gases used in laboratories and workshops. The usage profile of these items has not deviated significantly from previous years. If you have any queries regarding UNSWs National Greenhouse and Energy Report for 2012/13 please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

Aaron Magner Director UNSW Sustainability


Figure 1: Variance in UNSWs greenhouse gas emissions 2011/12 v 2012/13