RMIT University aims to model institutional-wide excellence and take an influential role in helping shape a sustainable future.
RMIT Carbon Neutral by 2030
RMIT has committed to reduce its building emissions to a net zero position by 2030. As a minimum, half of the emissions reductions required to meet this commitment are to come from on-site initiatives, with the remaining emissions reductions to be sourced from offsetting activities.
This commitment builds on the previous emissions reduction target to reduce RMIT’s emissions by 25% by 2020, this target was achieved four years ahead of schedule.
Emissions Offsetting Commitment
The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project is an Australian first, bringing together a group of local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations collectively purchasing renewable energy from a newly built facility. Crowlands Windfarm is an 80MW wind farm, consisting of 39 turbines located 20 kilometres north-east of Ararat. From 2019 onwards 25% of RMIT’s electricity will be supplied by this wind farm, replacing the University's previous offset commitments.
RMIT is urban in orientation and creativity, shaping sustainable cities and drawing inspiration from the challenges and opportunities they provide. RMIT is therefore strongly committed to transforming its own built environment to create sustainable and resilient cities.
RMIT ensures that changes to the built environment demonstrate leadership excellence in sustainable design and innovation. RMIT values the Green Star framework, as a clear and consistent model to recognise sustainability achievements and targets a minimum 5-star Green Star As-Built certification for all new developments and significant refurbishments.
Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles are embedded within the University’s Design Standards, to ensure the entire Capital Development Program delivers holistic sustainability outcomes.