Our commitment to sustainability

Our vision and strategy

Our vision to be recognised as a leader in sustainability research, education and practice. Our Sustainability Strategy on a Page outlines our overarching approach and focus areas.

Download the QUT Sustainability Strategy on a Page (PDF file, 200.8 KB)

Sustainability action plan

Our sustainability action plan provides the roadmap for the university to achieve positive environmental sustainability outcomes.

About the plan
Our sustainability action plan progress report (PDF file, 2.0 MB)

Sustainability policy

Our sustainability policy supports our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment and contributing to meeting the challenges that will lead to a more sustainable world.

Our sustainability policy

Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 

Through the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, QUT has made a commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals demonstrating the vital role universities play in addressing these critical global challenges through research, education, operations and leadership. We can all play a part in the QUT commitment to sustainability.

QUT reports on its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals annually through the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.

Learn about how QUT researchers are working to meet Sustainable Development Goals

Our climate change statement

We recognise climate change as a critical issue requiring all individuals and organisations to respond. Our Climate Change Statement confirms our commitment to reducing activities that result in greenhouse gas emissions.

QUT Climate Change Statement (PDF file, 89.1 KB)

QUT Sustainability Week

We highlight sustainability across education, research, our campuses, and sites during QUT Sustainability Week. The week provides opportunities to collaborate, gain inspiration, and continually learn.

We engage our staff, students, industry partners and local community in events and activities that aim to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of sustainability at the local level as well as the global challenges that our researchers are seeking solutions for.

Learn more about QUT Sustainability Week

News

1 Dec 2022

Biodiversity unbalanced as ice-free Antarctic areas grow

A study into the impact of global warming on the biodiversity of the Antarctic has identified how predicted expansion of ice-free areas will impact native animals and plants, paving the way for the invasion of non-native species in Antarctica.

1 Dec 2022

Columboola Solar Farm lights up the future of QUT

A solar farm, which will supply QUT with renewable energy covering 50 per cent of the requirements at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses, will begin operating today, December 1.

Our programs and initiatives

We recognise climate change as a critical issue requiring our response.  We aim to tackle global challenges and achieve sustainability through our research and teaching programs.

Our sustainability targets and priority actions for operating the university will progress our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions. We will engage staff and students in our sustainability commitment.

Solar PV arrays at Kelvin Grove

Committed to a low carbon future

QUT has signed a contract that will see 50% of its energy being sourced from a new solar farm in Columboola until 2028.

CS Energy will buy 100% of the output of the solar farm from owners Luminous Energy and on sell it to QUT, Griffith and CQU.

This will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and provide a pathway to achieve full carbon neutrality on our total electricity consumption.

In addition, the university has nine solar PV arrays on buildings across Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses, with a total capacity of 885kW. All solar energy produced is consumed on site – reducing the need for grid electricity – thereby reducing costs and associated carbon emissions.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations

As part of our commitment to sustainable transport, we have installed three free EV charging stations available for use 24/7, with plug types CCS2 and ChAdeMO available.

Stations are located at Kelvin Grove campus (H Block and J Block) and Gardens Point campus (S Block).

Our EV charging stations are free to be used by all members of the public, as well as QUT staff and students.

The free EV charging station at Kelvin Grove
Coffee cups recycling at Kelvin Grove

Coffee Cup recycling program

Each year Australians use more than one billion disposable coffee cups, with every cup ending up in landfill.

In 2018 QUT was the first Australian university to join forces with Closed Loop and their Simply Cups initiative to remove takeaway coffee cups from our waste stream.

Since conception, we have diverted more then 150,000 coffee cups from landfill.

To decrease more waste to landfill, Boost Juice cups are now also recycled via the coffee cups recycling program.

Our partners

In collaboration with our partners in higher education, industry, government, business and the wider community, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and addressing global and local sustainability challenges.

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