Carbon neutral means taking action to reduce and remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as an organisation puts into it.

The University was certified as a carbon neutral organisation in 2017 (for its 2016 greenhouse gas inventory) by the Commonwealth Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard. To achieve carbon neutral certification, organisations must:

  • Measure and reduce emissions where possible. Read the Greenhouse gas emissions management at UTAS and Our progress sections below to find out more.
  • Offset remaining emissions. Offset projects selected deliver benefits to the Tasmania community and to regions from which our international students originate, and provide co-benefits aligning with the University’s values.
  • Publicly report on their carbon neutrality. You can find the University’s Public Disclosure Statements in the Climate Active certified organisations webpage, and the latest University's carbon inventory in the Our progress section below.
  • Undertake independent validation (i.e. audit or verification) by an environmental auditor or carbon consultant at least once every three years. The University's latest independent audit (PDF 205 KB) was conducted in 2018.

Watch this interview with Dr Carmen Primo Perez, Senior Sustainability Officer, who explains carbon neutral certification to Diploma of Sustainable Living students.

What is Climate Active?

  • Climate Active is Australia’s collective initiative for climate action.
  • Climate Active is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses to drive voluntary climate action.
  • Climate Active certification is awarded to businesses and organisations that have achieved a state of net zero emissions, otherwise known as carbon neutrality.

What does carbon neutral mean?

  • Carbon neutral means taking action to reduce and remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as an organisation puts into it. Being carbon neutral means that an organisation has a carbon footprint equal to zero.
  • We have a zero carbon footprint.
  • We have reduced our carbon footprint to zero.

How does an organisation become carbon neutral?

  • We have reduced our carbon emissions as much as possible and then invested in projects that reduce or remove emissions from the atmosphere. Overall our emissions equal zero or are ‘neutral’.
  • We are proud to say that our organisation is Climate Active. We have made choices and changes in the way we do business to ensure our carbon emissions are equal to zero.