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Net Zero Initiative

Leading the way to a 100% renewable future

Net Zero Announcement

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Our energy target

Energy and the technology it powers has become fundamental to our ever increasing quality of life.

But if we keep doing things the way we’ve always done, we’re going to cause irreversible damage to our environment. It’s not sustainable, and it’s not fair to future generations.

We want to do more than live in a world where our planet can thrive – we want to help create it. That’s why we’re taking ambitious climate action at Monash University.

Our goal?

Net zero carbon emissions by 2030

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Our path to Net Zero

Monash was the first Australian university to commit to an energy reduction target and we're proud to be a leader in taking action on climate change.

Since then, we have been actively reducing our carbon impact and laying the foundations for the Net Zero Initiative.

  • 2005

    We set an energy reduction target of 20 per cent.

  • 2016

    We generated enough renewable energy to power 130 Victorian homes for a year.

  • 2020

    We'll build an on-site microgrid at our Clayton campus, allowing us to control when and how to use our energy.

  • 2030

    All of the energy used on our campuses will be from renewable sources, ensuring net zero carbon emissions from our infrastructure and operations.

Our strategy

Jointly developed with ClimateWorks Australia, our strategy encompasses five key pillars: energy efficiency measures, campus electrification, addressing our residual emissions through offsetting, deployment of on-site and off-site renewable energy, and a sustainable Microgrid, all with the aim of achieving net zero emissions for Monash's built environment by 2030.

  • Energy efficiency

    We're reducing the overall energy of our operations through LED lighting upgrades, sustainability certification for new buildings, and investing in smart building technology.

  • Campus electrification

    We're ending our dependence on natural gas by fully electrifying our Australian campuses. By 2030, energy consumption will be through electric-only appliances.

  • Renewable energy

    All energy on our campuses will be from renewable sources, ensuring net zero carbon emissions from our infrastructure and operations.

  • Microgrid

    We'll build an on-site microgrid at our Clayton campus, allowing us to control when and how to use our energy.

  • Offsetting

    We've committed to purchasing offsets with Verified Emissions Reductions, either through the Verified Carbon Standard or Gold Standard.

Join us in leading the way to a 100% renewable future

We’re working closely with industry, government and other research organisations to lead the way to global energy sustainability in the future.

We want to work with you to create an energy future that is sustainable, secure and affordable for all. Join us on our Energy Transformation.

Project information
Scott Ferraro, Net Zero Program Director
Scott.ferraro@monash.edu

Research opportunities
Shreejan Pandey, MEMSI General Manager
Shreejan.pandey@monash.edu