AUT has introduced significant energy efficiency initiatives to reduce energy consumption, energy costs and CO2 emissions. It has set an ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2025, and is already making impressive progress.
A Sustainability Roadmap is the main driver to meet these goals in buildings in the three main campuses.
Initiatives in buildings include enhanced insulation, high efficiency LED lighting, heat pump chillers, electrical sub-metering, new water cooled chillers, solar panels and more.
The pioneering of New Zealand’s first electric bus (which is now the shuttle bus between campuses) has led to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions per trip, compared to a diesel bus.
Incentives are also being used to change student behaviour.
These initiatives have reduced CO2 emissions by 181 tonnes between 2016 and May 2019, which has been achieved on a small budget. Financial energy savings are used to fund additional energy efficiency projects.