Arguments for Green Power Mount

01 Oct 2005Archived News Energetics in the News

PUBLISHED: The Australian

Australian Universities could cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by changing the way they used energy, according to a student-commissioned study.

University of Sydney student's representative council environment officer David Suttle said the report, by environment consulting company Energetics, showed that universities could afford to buy 20 per cent "accredited green power".

A statement released by the SRC, the National Union of Students and the Australian Student Environment Network, says students from six campuses called members of the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee to urge universities to go green.

Institutions could benefit by buying new green power, using low-energy design in new buildings and renovations. By buying electricity from accredited green sources, universities could save the production of more than 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the report says.

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