SDG #7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Building sector capability through our environmental and electrical engineering degree programmes

Bold plans for improving energy efficiency across all operations

Home of first five-star rated 'green building' in the Waikato

We are home to a diverse range of experts who are supporting the transition to clean and clever energy use across New Zealand so we can meet our net-zero carbon goals. From our electrical and environmental engineers to our legal experts, our research is informing policy makers and providing innovative solutions for big industry.  Through our teaching, too, we are arming the graduates of tomorrow with the skills, knowledge and mindsets needed to make meaningful change. In our own operations, we are also well on the journey to becoming carbon neutral thanks in large part to a recent energy audit. We will continue to monitor and report on our progress and embrace innovative solutions.

A few things we are especially proud of

We’re working with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and have publicly committed to working towards being carbon neutral by 2030.

We’ve replaced natural gas as a fuel and are trialing carbon dioxide heat pumps in our student accommodation.

We've developed new policies and upgraded campus infrastructure with energy efficiency in mind, including sensors and timers to enable smarter use of heating and lighting.

We are in the throes of building an innovative new facility called The Pā underscored by sustainability principles.

Our $12.5m MBIE-funded project Ahuora, which will support industry to transition to renewables for process heat.

We proudly sponsor Evolocity, an event aimed at educating kiwis about the benefits of electric vehicles,where school students design and build their own vehicles and compete.

Michael Walmsley

Supporting industry in transition to renewable energy

The industrial process heat sector contributes 28% of New Zealand's energy-emissions but represents arguably the most complex and challenging of the energy sectors to decarbonise by 2050. The Ahuora project team secured $12.5m in MBIE Endeavour funding in 2020 to address this challenge, head-on.  Under the leadership of Professor Michael Walmsley, over the next seven years they will use digital twin technology to support large-scale energy users to transition to renewable energy.

Student Centre

Our energy efficient Student Centre the first 5-star green building in the Waikato

Our Student Centre (Te Manawa) was the first 5-star rated green building in the Waikato. Features include: 72 photo-voltaic panels on the roof, energy-generating lifts which create energy for the building, sophisticated lighting and heating controls, and solar heating of water. The carpet, ceiling tiles, and furniture have been produced with as much recycled content as possible. Rainwater collected from the roof is recycled through the toilets.

Solar panels

Law expert guides use of energy and natural resources

Professor Barry Barton from Te Piringa Faculty of Law is a nationally recognised expert on the role that law plays in our use of energy and natural resources.   His research has helped guide policy makers on numerous occasions in developing a blueprint for action in New Zealand, towards becoming a low-emissions economy.