Energy and buildings

ANU Below Zero Consultation
21 September 2020

How might we reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ANU buildings as rapidly as possible? 

Currently greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings comprise one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions for ANU. This includes emissions from gas powered heating, as well as air conditioning and lighting.

As well as reducing operational emissions such as these, an important principle in any emissions reduction strategy is ensuring that buildings are low emissions, net zero or ideally below zero emissions over their lifetime, including from construction through to demolition.

The Acton Campus Master Plan has identified the need for a coherent and connected campus with clearly defined hubs. This applies not just to the visual and experiential aspects of the campus,but is also important in managing our energy requirements and resources. Rather than simply taking a building-by-building approach, we need to factor in the campus's broader energy requirements, for example by using waste heat generated in one building to provide heating and cooling for other neighbouring buildings. 

We are keen to hear all your ideas for how ANU might reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings as rapidly as possible.

Consultation ran from 8 September - 20 October 2020.  A report on the consultation will be released in November 2020 and you can view a recording of the online workshop here