Monash Sustainable Development Institute, in partnership with the Monash Emerging Technologies Research Lab and Royal Holloway University of London, published “Just Transitions in Australia: Moving towards low carbon lives across policy, industry and practice”. The report outlines how Australia can move equitably towards zero carbon emissions by overcoming socio-economic, location, scale and technology challenges, and offers governments, industry bodies, and civil society a set of principles for how Australia can shape transitions to decarbonisation across sectors. The British Academy (which funded the project) published an executive summary and policy synthesis. The team also delivered three public webinars to promote understanding of just transitions. The report received significant local and international print and audio media interest.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities SDG 13 Climate Action

Climateworks Centre launched the report “Accelerating EV uptake: Policies to realise Australia's electric vehicle potential”, setting policy priorities in six areas to inform a future national electric vehicle (EV) strategy. The report was released ahead of the 2022 National Electric Vehicle Summit, as part of a chorus urging for fuel efficiency standards. At the Summit, federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, announced that the government would consider fuel efficiency standards as part of a national electric vehicle strategy.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SDG 13 Climate Action

To support net zero transitions in Australia, Climateworks Centre published its second climate policy survey, “Government climate action: Leading policies and programs in Australia”, which tracks policy progress towards decarbonisation of all sectors for state, territory and federal governments around Australia.

The Net Zero Momentum Tracker Team also worked with the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors to produce the report, “Chasing 1.5°C, The ASX200 – on the right trajectory?”, which found a growing number of companies with increased scope and ambitious commitments, and a leading minority who have set their targets in line with 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Monash is a member of the World Alliance of Universities on Carbon Neutrality, co-founded by our Monash-Suzhou partner Southeast University and the University of Birmingham. The World Alliance of Universities on Carbon Neutrality forms an international partnership of institutions with research strengths in this field – aiming to deliver science, engineering and technological solutions to help achieve climate change mitigation targets. The partnership brings together talented academics and students from high-profile global universities to work with industry, business, government, and research sectors towards achieving carbon neutrality.