Monash Progress Report 2020 – Goal 6
Monash University Progress Report 2020 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Ensure access for affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Informal Cities Lab View
Monash Art Design and Architecture's Informal Cities Lab works with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region exploring critical questions surrounding the socio-political, environmental and economic contexts and their relationship to transforming urban slum environments.
Goal 6 is at the heart of the Lab's projects which involve transdisciplinary collaboration across Monash, with governments, local communities and the development sector. Flagship projects that the Lab has partnered on include RISE and the Australia Indonesia Centre Urban Water Cluster.
MSDI Water View
MSDI Water is driving industry-led research, partnerships and innovation in water systems, water sensitive transformations, planetary health, community empowerment and circular economy.
The research group is influencing the global and local SDG agenda by building industry, government and community capacity. They're also impacting policy and practice through large scale transdisciplinary research and research translation, while also building a global understanding of water system transformations.
Repairing Memory & Place View
Monash Art, Design and Architecture's Repairing Memory & Place aims to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing with urban water management and focuses on the bayside coastal area in Melbourne’s south-east, Boon Wurrung Country.
The Indigenous-led project takes an holistic approach to knowledge production and application. It enables the repair of ecological and cultural memory of place, and enables government agencies to apply Indigenous practices to everyday management of urban water towards a more sustainable water future.
Breakthrough technology purifies water View
A global research team led by Monash Engineering has been able to transform brackish water and seawater into safe, clean drinking water in less than 30 minutes using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and sunlight.
In a discovery that could provide potable water for millions of people across the world, researchers were not only able to filter harmful particles from water and generate 139.5L of clean water per kilogram of MOF per day, but also perform this task in a more energy-efficient manner than current desalination practices. This world-first research was published in the prestigious journal Nature Sustainability.
2020 publications performance View
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 2.1
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 148
Unit statistics and highlights View
In 2020, 71 units directly related to SDG6 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 5,763 students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to clean water and sanitation:
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities View
Water is integral to almost every feature of the urban landscape, and an enabler of more productive, liveable, sustainable and resilient cities. As the climate changes and cities grow, urban communities are calling for vision, action and collaboration to create a more secure and sustainable water future.
For nine years, Monash has been a major partner with industry, research and government entities in the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), which translated interdisciplinary research into practical tools and guidelines, and used these to build the skills of the sector to create water sensitive cities. A new partnership, Water Sensitive Cities Australia, has now been formed to continue this work.
Integrated water management: Principles and best practice for water utilities View
The Water Services Association of Australia has partnered with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute to develop a new set of guidelines for water utilities on how to use Integrated Water Management principles and best practices to create more liveable, resilient and sustainable cities.
Revitalising Informal Settlements and Their Environments (RISE) Program View
The Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program is utilising water sensitive technology innovation to transform quality of life across urban informal settlements in Indonesia and Fiji.
Working with communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, RISE is co-designing location-specific solutions that integrate green infrastructure to strengthen the whole-of-life water and sanitation cycle.
A program-wide reset was undertaken in the midst of the pandemic to ensure continued successful delivery, by bolstering the capacity of local teams to accelerate their capacity to lead and drive research and co-design on the ground.
Monash Design and Construction Standards View
The Monash Design and Construction Standards include a number of requirements to reduce potable water use including efficient fixtures and fittings, drought-tolerate landscapes, and prioritising non-potable water options were possible.
The Monash ECO ACCORD is a set of environmental design aspirations that all projects are required to target and includes a number of potable water minimisation requirements.
Potable water consumption View
In 2020 our water usage was significantly reduced due to ongoing COVID lockdowns. We used 351,114 kilolitres (KL) of potable water or 6.38 KL/person. Based on 2019 data our water usage per person has reduced by just over 10 percent per person. As our stormwater harvesting increasing our potable water will continue to decline.
Stormwater harvesting View
Our Clayton campus stormwater harvesting system is an extensive underground water ring main to collect and circulate harvested water. Connecting a network of more than 60 water tanks across the campus it will significantly reduce our potable water usage for irrigation and toilet flushing. The system extracts stormwater from a Melbourne Water storm drain that runs under the north end of campus. Before entering the system the stormwater is first treated through a bio-filter garden to remove sediment and pollutants, then treated through a UV filtration system (pictured on the left).
Monash holds a license to extract 163 ML from the stormwater drain annually, which will offset approximately 30% of our potable water usage. In 2020, 25 ML of stormwater was harvested and used across the campus. This equates to 10 Olympic sized swimming pools of avoided potable water use.