RMIT vice chancellor Margaret Gardner

25 March 2014 — RMIT University has announced a $98 million plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its campuses, which it claims is the largest project of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Together with Honeywell and Siemens, RMIT identified energy and water savings opportunities for 90 buildings across three campuses in Melbourne’s CBD, as well as in Bundoora and Brunswick, as part of its Sustainable Urban Precincts Plan.

RMIT says the plan will lead to a reduction in energy use of 239 million kilowatt-hours, a 30,000 tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a reduction in potable water use of 68 million litres over eight years.

Honeywell’s $46 million contract includes 40 energy and water savings projects across 34 buildings, involving upgrading mechanical equipment, installing energy efficient lighting and water-harvesting technology.

“The University also gains an interactive learning and teaching platform for the benefit of students,” Honeywell Building Solutions Pacific General Manager Wayne Kent said. This will be achieved through interactive dashboards linked to Honeywell’s building management system, Enterprise Buildings Integrator.

Honeywell also said a trigeneration plant at Bundoora could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7000 tonnes a year, with a feasibility study now underway.

Siemens Australia chief executive Jeff Connolly said the scale of the upgrade made RMIT stand out as a sustainability leader.

“This is a great example of energy efficiency,” Mr Connolly said. “Our team looked at all areas of the campus to see where our technology could maximise savings across water, lighting and the building management system, to create a highly efficient campus, both environmentally and economically.”

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