UWA strives to minimise energy and water consumption across its buildings through efficient operational plans and promoting awareness across the University community.
Since 2008, we have had an agreement with our energy supplier to reduce electricity use at our Crawley campus during peak demand periods such as mid-summer. Known as load shedding, this assists in protecting the state’s electricity grid from collapsing during periods of high-demand as well as reducing power consumption. This agreement has resulted in the University saving in excess of $750,000 to date and has only been possible with the cooperation and patience of staff and students.
Additionally, since 2013 there has been a continuous reduction in power consumption across UWA’s campuses (1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent on average). This has been attributed to the installation of LED fittings in new builds and refurbishments across the University, and staff switching off non-essential services such as computers and printers during shut-down periods.
We have also worked continuously to identify and implement water saving initiatives to align with our Sustainable Development Plan 2011.
In this financial year (2016/17) we have improved water efficiency, achieving a 22 per cent reduction in usage at our Crawley campus compared to last year. This equates to approximately 43,000KL, 17 Olympic size swimming pools or $100,000 in savings.
This was achieved by updating 60 bathrooms with water efficient fittings and fixtures such as tap fittings that reduce flow rates from in excess of 20L per minute to less than 2L per minute.
These efforts are a reflection of the commitment of staff and students towards water conservation, as well as the University’s pro-active stance towards identifying and improving overall efficiencies.