Melbourne joins local community forces to support renewable energy

December 15 / 172

In what has been a significant month for sustainability at Melbourne, the University has taken another step in showcasing its leadership and action in support of clean and sustainable energy.

The University of Melbourne's green and sustainable credentials have received significant recognition of late.

This has included a swath of awards at this year's Green Gown Awards, taking out the education category in the Premier's Sustainability Awards, and holding the first of a series of consultations with staff and students towards the drafting of its first Sustainability Charter. 

Hot on the heels of these achievements and initiatives, the University is joining a group of local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations which will for the first time in Australia join forces to collectively purchase utility-scale renewable energy through a group purchasing model.

By combining its buying power, the group has signalled an interest in testing a new approach to drive investment in renewable energy.

"We're proud to be involved in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project," said the University's Chief Financial Officer, Allan Tait. 

"We take seriously our responsibility as a public-spirited and global university to lead debate and act on sustainability issues."

Mr Tait believes the project is an important part of the University's commitment to sustainability across all of its core activities, and comes as we develop an institution-wide Sustainability Charter, an enduring commitment that will also guide the University's sustainability planning for the next five years."

The University has already put in place a number of projects that focus on developing renewable energy capacity on site, including the installation of solar panels on the roof of Wilson Hall.

"Our participation in the MREP will enhance our current capacity and unlock our ability to do even more," Mr Tait said.

Story by Gabrielle Murphy

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