The Australian National University currently, directly and indirectly, contributes to the emission of significant quantities of greenhouse gases (GHGs), contributing to one of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced: climate change. In response, the university has adopted a science-based target to reduce our GHG emissions to below zero, in line with limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
The ANU Below Zero initiative aims to transition the university from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution - from a source of GHGs to a net absorber of GHGs. At the same time, by integrating real-life emission-reductions and carbon drawdown with our research and teaching on climate change and energy, we can fast-track new and innovative approaches.
We are seeking ideas from throughout the university and the broader community (both personal perspectives and professional and research expertise) to help develop the ANU Below Zero strategy.
These ideas will be incorporated into the strategy to enable us to transition to a below zero university as quickly as possible.
This consultation has been organised into seven key themes (see below). You can engage in one or both of these ways: online workshops and an online platform to capture your ideas (Ideanote).
Consultation is open until Tuesday 20 October 2020.
Energy and buildings - Monday 21 September at 12pm
Register for the energy and buildings workshop here
Behavioural change - Friday 25 September at 12pm
Register for the behvaioural change workshop here
Travel - Tuesday 29 September at 1pm
Register for the travel workshop here
Removing atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) - Friday 2 October at 12.30pm
Register for the atmospheric GHGs workshop here
Research and teaching - Tuesday 6 October at 12.30pm
Register for the research and teaching workshop here
Finance, investment and purchasing - Tuesday 13 October at 12pm
Register for the finance, investment and purchasing workshop here
Leadership and targets - Thursday 15 October at 12pm
Register for the leadership and targets workshop here