Net zero pledges are rapidly gaining momentum as more organisations and governments commit to meeting ambitious emission reduction targets to address climate change.
Universities are among the leading sectors in responding to climate change, and we have been tracking the commitments of Australian universities for several years.
This article revisits the ambitious climate action commitments made by universities and provides an updated list. We also include here the latest update on the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges and report on Australian universities’ performance in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022.
The list of leading Australian universities with ambitious emission reduction and renewable energy goals has increased from 23 to just 24 at this update, with Victoria University entering into a renewable energy PPA from mid-2021 and setting near-term net zero and climate positive goals.
Out of the 24 universities in the ambitious commitments list, 15 have committed to 100% renewable energy by or before 2030, 17 have committed to carbon neutrality by or before 2030, and 2 have committed to net-zero GHG emissions targets by 2050.