ATN leads by example on emissions reduction

10 November 2021

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) are leading by example when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As Australia commits to net zero emissions by 2050, ATN celebrates this important milestone with new data showing a dramatic cut in our emissions over the past 14 years.

By reducing emissions 46 per cent since 2007, Curtin University, RMIT University, University of South Australia, and University of Technology Sydney have significantly outperformed the collective 25 per cent target they set in 2009. Deakin University has also reduced emissions by 48 per cent since 2018.

ATN universities are leaders in environmental sciences and research into numerous facets of climate change. This includes clean technology, economic policy, disaster management and adaptation and resilience to climate change. We are determined to match our innovative ideas, processes and products with cleaner institutions of our own.

ATN universities carefully planned and costed the 2007 targets before announcing them. At the core of this commitment was $20 million in investment to reducing emissions through efficiencies, which have paid off financially in the medium-term through lower energy bills for our universities.

Quotes attributable to ATN Executive Director, Mr Luke Sheehy:

“ATN universities are immensely proud to take leadership on emissions reduction.

“We celebrate our contribution today as the Prime Minister announces a carbon neutral Australia by 2050. We applaud this target and stand ready to contribute our wealth of research expertise and direct experience to the nation.

“Our universities, and their industry partners, will play an important role in shaping and enabling Australia’s pathway to decarbonisation.”

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