La Trobe University is committed to being sustainable for today and tomorrow. We will be Victoria’s first major university to become carbon neutral by 2029 and our regional campuses are set to become carbon neutral by 2022.
As part of our $75 million investment, we’re rolling out a number of projects to help us reach our goal.
LED lighting upgrade
We’re upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting solutions across all our campuses to reduce power consumption, improve quality of light and reduce waste as LEDs last longer with up to 50,000 hours of life.
In stage 1, more than 9,000 LED lights will be fitted throughout 12 buildings at the Melbourne Campus and we’ll be installing over 13,000 lights across 34 buildings at our regional campuses.
Once the project is complete, over 60,000 LED lights fitted throughout the university in total, reducing our total emissions by over 15% within 12 months.
We’re installing over 7,000 solar panels on more than 27 buildings at the Melbourne campus – the equivalent of 17 kms of solar panels end to end – or the distance between our Melbourne (Bundoora) and City campuses.
At the peak of solar efficiency, the panels will supply up to 50% of the campus’ daytime power usage.
This is in addition to the 3,300 solar panels already in place at our regional campuses which generate more than 1.1 Mw of renewable power across the regions, making up more than 18% of all regional consumption and contributing 14% electricity reduction at Bendigo and 21% electricity reduction at Albury-Wodonga.
Our renewable energy project will increase our solar generation by 200% and will generate more than 2 Mw of renewable energy – the equivalent of 400 home solar systems.
At our Mildura campus, we’ll also be storing the renewable energy generated from our rooftop solar so that it can continue to serve us in the future.
We’re the first university in Australia to utilise the SoilFood concept – an on-site composting unit that will divert organic waste from landfill and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.
Our composting unit can turn the equivalent of 100kg of organic waste into 20kg of a nutrient rich, eco-friendly fertiliser, generated cost-free and re-used on campus gardens and grounds.
La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP)
We’ve been working with La Trobe academics and students from the Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition to create the La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP) - an energy analysis platform that monitors consumption patterns and building performance, enabling us to create actionable insights to reduce our energy consumption across our campuses.
Using our La Trobe Energy Analytics Platform (LEAP), we continue to look at ways we can optimise our Building Management System (BMS) to improve our air-conditioning, electricity and gas consumption rates.
For information on impacts and outages related to the Net Zero program, visit www.latrobe.edu.au/io/impacts-and-outages