Climate Action

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. To keep warming within a ‘safe’ limit of 1.5°C, rapid transformation at an unprecedented level will be required.

The urgency of this challenge means Climate Action is our top environmental sustainability priority, and UNSW is choosing to focus on the areas that matter most to our students and staff. This includes our transition to renewable energy, measuring our GHG footprint and reducing it to net zero, and future-proofing our operations against climate risks.

Energy sourcing and onsite solar energy projects are managed by Estate Management, in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE). Measuring and reducing our total GHG footprint engages staff involved in facilities management, construction, procurement, merchandising, travel and investment services, as well as suppliers and academic experts.


  • Transition to renewable energy and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero

  • Ensure our campuses and operations are resilient to future climate risk



  • Reduce net emissions from building energy use to zero by 2020.
  • Expand onsite solar energy generation to 1.2 MWp by 2022.
  • Reduce total Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions in line with a 1.5°C global warming scenario.


  • Develop a Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions inventory and strategy to net zero emissions.
  • Evaluate carbon pricing mechanisms.
  • Purchase 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
  • Develop a Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan.