The University of Western Australia is committed to developing new programs and improving existing ones to make its activities more cost-effective and environmentally efficient.
Our work in sustainability
This displays the University's annual data for energy, carbon, water and waste.
Carbon (from energy use)
Waste and recycling
The University is committed to global sustainability. We are a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and continue to make advances in sustainability-related teaching and research. Our sustainability initiatives cover a wide range of areas, including campus planning, energy, water, waste and more. This commitment to sustainability is embedded in our design and construction standards.
Campus Management's water efficiency projects are aimed at reducing total water consumption on campus.
To help achieve the University's goal of reducing water use by 20% per staff and student by 2020 from 2008 levels, Campus Management has carried out the following projects.
rainwater and wastewater from process water
Water tanks have been installed on campus to capture rainwater and wastewater from the process water plants. The water captured contributes to the irrigation of the University's glasshouses as well as reused for cooling of research equipment. Annually 400KL of water is saved by reusing this wastewater.
Water is a vital resource, and its conservation and efficient use by consumers will reduce water wastage and production costs.
Energy is used to extract the water, to treat it, to pump it to the customer and then remove, treat and dispose of the wastewater. By reducing the demand for both water and wastewater, Water Corporation provision costs are also reduced.
In April 2016, the University was
recognised for its water conservation efforts when it received an award
as part of the Water Corporation’s Water Efficiency Management Plan
The award recognises the efforts made by UWA in achieving an improvement in water efficiency of 10 per cent or greater during the 2014-15 financial year.
In 2015, the University achieved a 10 per cent saving in total water use (or a 5 per cent saving in water use per equivalent full-time staff and student) from 2014 levels. This equates to approximately 28 000kL or $60 000 in savings.