Goal 7: Affordable & clean energy

At Victoria University, we approach the goal of clean energy through scientific enquiry and development, energy-policy research and practical infrastructure initiatives.

Our Alternative Energy Group focuses on developing solar and wind energy, biofuels, sustainable buildings and other related areas.

Our campus infrastructure reflects this dedication, with 5-star-energy-rated buildings, and a commitment to renewable power and carbon neutrality.

 If the current pace continues, about 660 million people will still lack access to electricity and close to 2 billion people will continue to rely on polluting fuels and technologies for cooking by 2030. To ensure access to energy for all by 2030, we must accelerate electrification, increase investments in renewable energy sources and invest in improving electricity grids.
– United Nations

Research, engagement & education 2020–21

VU researchers tackle clean and affordable energy challenges from both an engineering and a policy perspective. The Alternative Energy Research Group conducts research on renewable energy – biofuels, wind and solar – as well as sustainable building design to minimise energy usage.

The Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC), led by Professor Bruce Mountain, is funded by the Victorian Government to address a lack of energy policy research in Australia and to inform state and national energy policy. The VEPC reports are critical to informing the development of evidence based policy in Australia with VEPC policy research translating into state and national policy decisions over time.

We also engage with local and national government on policy affecting energy production and consumer pricing. And offer several courses that focus on renewable energy systems, from practical solar-installation courses right through to postgraduate engineering studies.

Sustainability on campus

Victoria University has switched to 100% renewable energy for our electricity. We negotiated our latest electricity agreement with the support of Schneider Electric to source all our power from Cherry Tree Windfarm of Iberdrola Australia. The renewable energy agreement means VU will reduce carbon emissions by around 23,300 tonnes of CO2e per annum and is a major step to becoming a carbon-neutral university.