The Net Zero Initiative is Monash’s strategy to transition to net zero emissions by 2030. Utilising ClimateWorks Centre’s research for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project, the Net Zero Initiative is based on:

  • Extensive energy efficiency measures within existing buildings;
  • Energy performance standards for new builds;
  • Campus electrification to switch completely from gas;
  • Deploying on-site and off-site renewable energy sources;
  • Innovative renewable energy use and storage; and
  • Engaging with partners and communities to create a more sustainable future.

In 2022, Monash undertook the following activities to transition to net zero emissions:

  • Continued its energy efficiency program, with over 50,000 LED lighting upgrades completed to date;
  • Installed Australia’s first enroute offsite charging station at the Clayton campus bus interchange as part of the Victorian Government’s Zero Emission Bus Trial, in collaboration with ENGIE and ComfortDelGro Corporation (CDC) Australia;
  • Continued upgrading gas-fired domestic systems with heat pump technology at the Clayton and Peninsula campuses;
  • Implemented the Federal Microgrid Program, to translate findings from the Net Zero Initiative and Monash Microgrid to six regional Victorian precincts;
  • Received $420,000 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Commercial Sector Innovation Fund to install 30 EV charging points across its campuses;
  • Hosted multiple sessions of the “Realising Net Zero Buildings” professional development course in collaboration with the Green Building Council of Australia, and a Net Zero Immersion Day in collaboration with Monash Tech School; and
  • Prepared a report on the decarbonisation status of Monash suppliers, and explored platforms and resources to support suppliers on their decarbonisation journey, as part of our Net Zero Supply Chain program to reduce scope 3 emissions.

Greenhouse gas emission from natural gas (Scope 1) and electricity (Scope 2) have reduced significantly since 2017, when Net Zero by 2030 was announced. In 2022, net emissions were 28 per cent below 2021 and 51 per cent below the 2015 baseline. An increase in the voluntary surrender of large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) purchased from the Murra Warra Wind Farm is a primary contributor to our emissions reductions.

In 2022, Greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Scope 1 emissions (natural gas used for heating and cooling) increased by 9 per cent, while Scope 2 emissions (electricity consumption) decreased 40 per cent compared to the previous year.

In 2022, our emissions intensity decreased by 29 per cent when compared to 2021 and is 64 per cent below the 2015 baseline.

Greenhouse gas emissions graph