Climate action

We’re ranked the number one university in Australia for climate action – but we’re not stopping there.

13 Climate Action

At the University of Tasmania, we know that climate change is one of the biggest issues facing humanity right now.

We want to be a leader in taking charge and addressing climate change in the education sector. And we want to help, inspire and assist students in playing their role as well.

It’s because of this commitment that the we keep ranking high in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ratings  on action towards achieving Goal 13 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We were  ranked #1 globally in 2022.

What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nations goals are ways that we can work towards a better world by tackling the big issues, such as poverty, climate change and inequality.

And of those, number 13 is about how we can “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts". There are four key criteria, are we’re passionate about addressing each one.

Research on climate action

As a university, we’re in an incredibly fortunate position. In addition to taking steps to reduce our emissions, we can facilitate research to discover entirely new ways that we can make a difference.

Our postgraduate students have completed several fascinating research projects, including a PhD project on sea level rise impacts on UTAS properties and Masters research on diverting organic waste from landfill.

Additionally, hundreds of students of all levels have been involved in climate-related projects through SIPS (Sustainability Integration Project for Students).

Low-carbon energy use

With over $800 million committed to developing new campuses across the state over a 10-year period, reducing our carbon emissions can make a big difference. That’s why we’re targeting a reduction of at least 25% in all new buildings.

Some of our other energy efficiency initiatives have included HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) upgrades and LED lighting. There has been a phase out from natural gas, with no gas lines in new developments and campus expansions, and we’ve ensured all new buildings are solar power ready.

Environment education measures

We currently offer over 100 courses with climate-focused units. These give students in a wide range of courses the opportunity to learn more about the environment and how climate change affects us.

In addition to this, we have SIPS (Sustainability Integration Project for Students). This project has given hundreds of students the opportunity to make real change to the university and the environment.

Commitment to being carbon neutral

We’re not doing this on our own: The University of Tasmania is a part of several key networks that will help us reach our goals.

Frist, we’re part of Climate Active, an ongoing partnership between the Australian Government and Australian organisations to drive voluntary climate action. In 2016, they certified us as carbon neutral organisation. This means that we are committed to reducing our emissions and any carbon we release into the atmosphere is completely offset.

We also joined The Race to Zero in 2021. This global effort is based around gathering support from organisations like us, with the goal of reaching worldwide net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Leading the way for a sustainable future

The University of Tasmania has ranked #1 on climate action for universities internationally.

For the second year running, we are officially the tertiary sector's world-leader in taking climate action, with the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings rating us number one in climate action globally for 2022 and 2023.

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Get involved

Sustainability is an opportunity across all aspects of our activity — learning and teaching, research, community engagement and operations.

Whether you are a future student, industry partner or a member of our community, find out what role you can play in our shared mission.

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