Our performance

The university has previously published annual Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aligned sustainability reports. A GRI aligned sustainability report was not published in 2014 and will also not be developed in 2015. Instead of these annual reports, GRI aligned performance data metrics and information regarding our progress towards our sustainability targets will be published on this website.

Our current sustainability targets are detailed below, followed by our most recent annual performance against these targets. Quarterly updated energy, GHG emissions, water, waste and materials performance data is provided in separate webpages.

Our sustainability targets

In 2011 La Trobe set its initial improvement targets for some of its key impacts. These targets and our Sustainability Plan were amended in 2015 based on the findings of a review which analysed the university's performance over the previous five years  to enable forecasting of future performance incorporating viable improvement measures.

Our environmental targets are promoted to students and staff in various ways to help build awareness and action.

A visual representation of our targets can be seen in our Environmental Sustainability on Campus brochure which is distributed to new students at O-Week and available at various locations on campus.

Quantified targets

Environmental

Quantified targets 2010
(Baseline)
20152016201720182019 202020212022
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Scope 1 & 2) (tCO2-e)
55,136.319%↓20%↓21%↓22%↓22%↓23%↓24%↓25%↓
Facility Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tCO2-e/m2 of GFA) 0.1819%↓ 20%↓ 21%↓ 22%↓ 22%↓ 23%↓ 24%↓25%↓
Staff Business Travel Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tCO2-e/FTE)2.4520%↓21%↓23%↓24%↓26%↓27%↓29%↓30%↓
Facility Energy Consumption
(GJ/m2 of GFA )
1.6315%↓ 17%↓ 19%↓ 21%↓ 23%↓ 26%↓ 28%↓ 30%↓
Commuting by Vehicle, Single Occupant
(staff and students)
46%13%↓ 14%↓ 15%↓ 16%↓ 17%↓ 18%↓ 19%↓20%↓
Water Use
(kilolitres per EFTPL )
8.727%↓ 7%↓ 8%↓ 8%↓ 9%↓ 9%↓ 10%↓ 10%↓
General Waste to Landfill
(kg per EFTPL )
34.5416%↓ 19%↓ 23%↓ 26%↓ 30%↓ 33%↓ 37%↓ 40%↓
Recycling
(% of combined recycling and landfill waste)
28% 16%↑ 19%↑ 23%↑ 26%↑ 30%↑ 31%↑ 37%↓40%↑
Paper Use
(reams per EFTPL )
 3.19 34%↓ 38%↓ 41%↓ 45%↓ 49%↓ 53%↓ 56%↓60%↓

Our most recent annual performance results

Our most recently collated annual performance results shown against our previous results and targets are detailed below. La Trobe's annual performance reporting aligns with the calendar year and is generally updated in the second quarter of each year.

Annual performance against targets

Environmental (against 2010 baseline)

Did we meet our targetsActualTarget
2010201120122013 2014201520162016 Met?
Absolute greenhouse gas emissions
(Scope 1 & 2)
(tCO2-e)
58,371.461,811.555,734.543,034.251,724.354,969.857,238.946,697.1NO
Reason for not meeting target: Similar result to 2015 due to similar operation of cogen system at Melbourne Campus.
Energy efficiency and conservation initiatives were implemented at regional campuses (e.g. Albury-Wodonga LED lighting upgrade) late in 2016 so reductions in energy use related to these initiatives should present in 2017.

2017 plans:
 Energy conservation/efficiency and emissions reduction capital projects planned,  including installation of large-scale solar photovoltaic systems at Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga Campuses; energy efficiency improvements to heating, cooling and mechanical systems at Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga Campuses, building management system upgrades at Melbourne Campus and the continuation of the sub-metering platform installation on a building-by-building level to measure and monitor utility consumption.
Facility greenhouse gas emissions
(tCO2-e/GFA)
0.180.130.140.130.160.180.190.14NO
Reason for not meeting target: See reason for not meeting absolute greenhouse gas emissions target.

2017 plans:
2017 plans: See plans related to absolute greenhouse gas emissions target.
Staff business travel greenhouse gas emissions
(tCO2-e/FTE )
2.452.602.072.561.760.980.021.94YES
Target met: Procurement continued to purchase carbon offsets for the emissions related to La Trobe's vehicle fleet operation and staff taxi use and air travel for 2016. The cost for this was approximately $70,000. Most of this is in relation to staff flights which increased significantly in 2016. This increase is due to more flights being taken, and also better data capture through the new travel booking system.
Energy consumption
(GJ/m2 of GFA )
1.631.431.571.621.161.551.561.35NO

Reason for not meeting target: Similar result to 2015 due to similar operation of cogen system at Melbourne Campus.
Energy efficiency and conservation initiatives were implemented at regional campuses (e.g. Albury-Wodonga LED lighting upgrade) late in 2016 so reductions in energy use related to these initiatives should present in 2017.

2017 plans: See plans related to absolute greenhouse gas emissions target.
Commuting (%) by car, single occupant (staff and students) 46%50%49%45%52%53%62%40%NO
Reason for not meeting target: 2016 survey highlights that averaged across all campuses, 47% of students commute via single occupant vehicle compared to 68% staff. Express PTV bus service between Reservoir Station and the Melbourne campus commenced in February 2016. New end of journey facilities opened in Bendigo Campus for walkers/runners and cyclists.

2017 plans:
 Through analysis of 2016 survey results, develop and implement targeted programs to encourage specific segments of the university community to transition to a greater use of active or public transport modes.
Water use (kilolitres per EFTPL ) 8.729.338.1611.7511.3711.3010.928.11NO
Reason for not meeting target: No major water saving initiatives implemented in 2016.

2017 plans:
 Budget allocated for initiatives to be implemented on Melbourne Campus in 2017 as recommended in Siemens Greener Government Building detailed facilities study.
Additional 45,000 litres of rainwater harvesting storage installed at Bendigo Campus in January.
Additional remote irrigation management system controls being installed at Melbourne (Bundoora) campus incorporating greater intelligent automation using weather data and soil moisture sensors to reduce potable water use on grounds.
Design and documentation for water submetering to be installed on Melbourne Campus for improved monitoring of water consumption on a building-by-building level currently underway with installations planned for late 2017.
Waste to landfill (kg per EFTPL ) 34.5436.0438.1437.4236.0434.0031.0127.98NO
Reason for not meeting target: Reduced compared to 2015 performance. New waste and cleaning contracts commenced in early 2017. Improved processes, waste and recycling infrastructure and the implementation of organic waste separation later in 2017 should lead to further and more significant reductions in future years.

2017 plans:
Successfully roll-out additional recycling streams (e.g. organics) and operational procedures related to new multi-campus cleaning and waste contracts
Recycling (as combined % of recycling and general waste to landfill) 28%25%24.6%19.4%18.3%20.3%23.1%33.6%NO
Reason for not meeting target: Improved over 2015 performance. New waste and cleaning contracts commenced in early 2017. Improved processes, waste and recycling infrastructure and the implementation of organic waste separation later in 2017 should lead to further and more significant increases in the recycling rate in future years. 

2017 plans:
See plans related to general waste to landfill target.
Paper use (reams per EFTPL ) 3.192.592.251.941.631.381.171.98YES
Target met: Steady increase in paper reduction possibly as a result of improved technology available to students and staff (PDF edits, tablets, etc.). Roll out of new printers with direct release mechanism is likely to result in further savings from 2017 onwards.

tCO2-e/GFA = tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent per gross floor area

tCO2-e/FTE = tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent per full-time equivalent staff workload

EFTPL = Equivalent full-time person load (full-time equivalent staff workload hours + equivalent full‑time student load hours at the University's Victorian campuses; excludes international offshore, off‑campus and external)

GJ/m2 of GFA = gigajoules per square metre of gross floor area

Actions we are taking

To help us meet our 2022 targets we have developed an initial 4 year program of capital sustainability works which commenced in 2016. Details of the works we are undertaking are presented below.

2016

InitiativeCampusDetailPercentage Reduction In Site's ConsumptionAnnual Energy Saving (GJ)Annual GHG Emissions Reduction (tCO2-e)
Energy EfficiencyAlbury-WodongaWhole of Campus lighting upgrade10%610201.6
Onsite RenewablesAlbury-Wodonga20kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on McFarlane's Hill Student Accommodation. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 24%.24%10534.6
Mildura85kW solar PV system on Brian Grogan Building. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 33%.33%497164.2
Shepparton29kw solar PV system on Shepparton Campus Building. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 10%.10%15149.8
Water ConservationBendigoImplementation of further rainwater harvesting and reuse systems linked to Canoe Shed and Ironbark Centre buildings.N/APotable water use reduction currently being monitored.N/A

Shepparton Campus Building Solar PV System

Image of the Shepparton Campus Building Solar PV System

2017

InitiativeCampusDetailPercentage Reduction In Site's ConsumptionEst. Annual Energy Saving (GJ)Est. Annual GHG Emissions Reduction (tCO2-e)
Energy EfficiencyMelbourneColleges lighting upgradeTBCTBCTBC
Western Lecture Theatre lighting upgradeTBC10334
Building Management System modernisation and mechanical improvements1%4,4451,469.2
Boiler replacements5%22,3451,234.1
Onsite RenewablesAlbury-Wodonga225kW solar PV system on main electricity network. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 20%.20%1,130373.7
Bendigo85kW solar PV system on the Hillside Apartments. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 14%.14%391129.3
98kW solar PV system on HHS and HHS2 buildings. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 6%.6%493163
169kW solar PV system on BUS and VA buildings. Reduces site's grid-sourced electricity use by 10%.10%804265.8
Water ConservationMelbourneUpgrade of water using fixtures and fittings across Campus and implementation of rainwater harvesting and reuse systems where viable.TBCPotable water use reduction to be confirmed.N/A
Image of the Bendigo Campus Solar PV Systems

2018

InitiativeCampusDetail Percentage Reduction In Site's Consumption Est. Annual Energy Saving (GJ) Est. Annual GHG Emissions Reduction (tCO2-e)
Energy Efficiency Melbourne Building Management System modernisation and mechanical improvements 3% 13,334 4,407.5
Onsite Renewables Melbourne Large-scale solar PV system on main electricity networks covering multiple buildings. TBC TBC TBC

2019

InitiativeCampusDetail Percentage Reduction In Site's Consumption Est. Annual Energy Saving (GJ) Est. Annual GHG Emissions Reduction (tCO2-e)
Energy Efficiency Melbourne Lighting upgrades to multiple buildings. 2% 7,659 2,531.8
Onsite Renewables Melbourne Large-scale solar PV system on main electricity networks covering multiple buildings. TBC TBC TBC