Reporting is important for benchmarking our performance with standards, laws, industry and best practice. It keeps us on track for meeting targets and, importantly, warns us when we are off track and highlights areas for improvement.
Macquarie University's three major annual reporting activities are:
National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS)
Reporting to the Clean Energy Regulator on our greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and energy production.
The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act) introduced a single national framework for Australian entities to report information related to the greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and energy production from their activities. Its purpose is to help inform government policy and to meet Australia’s international reporting obligations.
The NGER Act requires entities to report their carbon emission if they exceed a pre-determined threshold. Macquarie University has reported annually since reporting commenced for all facilities and entities under the operational control of the University, on all activities with greenhouse gas or energy use implications
We report on:
Scope 1 Emissions
Scope 1 emissions are direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the entity. Scope 1 can include emissions from fossil fuels burned on-site (eg, natural gas), emissions from entity-owned or entity-leased vehicles (eg, petrol), and other direct sources (eg, wastewater treatment plant).
Scope 2 Emissions
Scope 2 emissions are indirect greenhouse emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity generated off-site.
Energy Production on-site
Macquarie University produces electricity on-site from our co-generation plant and solar PV arrays. Some of this energy is used on-site and some exported to the grid.
Macquarie University's NGER reporting structure reflects the corporate structure and includes materially operating subsidiaries (fully-owned entities) and assets owned by the University.
Sustainability Annual Report
Sustainability reporting is a way for organisations to disclose environmental, economic and social impacts that are material to its day-to-day operations. Sustainability reports can be used to demonstrate organisational commitment to sustainability, to monitor and track performance over time, and to compare and benchmark performance with standards, laws, industry and best practice.
Sustainability reporting is important for staying on track for meeting sustainability targets. At Macquarie, our Sustainability Strategy PDF, 911.55 KB sets out targets guiding our sustainability programme until 2019. Sustainability reporting helps us to monitor our progress towards the goals set out in the strategy to make sure we stay on track.
Sustainability reporting is also important to meet the expectations of our community, and to give us greater credibility through being open and transparent in all of our activities.
Each year we produce an annual report, telling our story. The reports give us a better understanding of our performance and highlight areas for improvement.
- 2014 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 1467.5 KB
- 2013 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 3844.11 KB
- 2012 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 3288.07 KB
- 2011 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 3444.57 KB
- 2010 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 2567.45 KB
- 2009 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 2299.04 KB
- 2008 Sustainability Annual Report PDF, 2446.42 KB
Reporting against the University's 2030 One Planet Strategy
EcoFootprint Report Scope
The aim of the University's Ecological Footprinting is to report on and measure progress against the University's One Planet Strategy for the Marsfield Campus. The scope is to report for all assets and activities that occur on Campus which are within the University's operational control.
Ecological Footprinting Reporting Framework
The Ecological Footprint reporting structure also reflects the University's corporate structure, reporting for both the parent company and materially operating subsidiaries. During the preliminary stages of reporting, the data is presented in a consolidated nature purely as a result of data availability.
Ecological Footprint can also be tailored to investigate the various faculties and buildings that make up Macquarie University. The adaptable nature of this methodology allows for increased insight into resource consumption with various levels of analysis.