Monash University has signed a memorandum of understanding with ENGIE, a global energy company, to potentially co-develop scalable zero-carbon solutions that accelerate the implementation of Monash’s NetZero initiative – winner of the “Momentum for United Nations Change ”2018.
In its broader scope, the collaboration that will be developed under the MOU will see Monash and ENGIE lay the foundations for better cities, on a global scale. Through coordinated deployment, research and education activities, the companies aim to explore and develop Net Zero solutions for cities and major neighborhoods.
The opportunities explored will be an important step in the implementation of Monash’s Net Zero initiative, according to Professor Ken Sloan, Assistant Vice President and Senior Vice President (Business and Governance) at Monash University.
“It will harness our two strengths to meet the critical global challenge of reducing carbon emissions before the irreversible impacts of climate change are felt by the world’s ecosystems, societies and economies,” Sloan said.
“Building on ENGIE’s global approach to R&D for decarbonization, the Monash research community has an incredible opportunity to have a long-term societal impact from here on our own campus”, said the director of the Monash Energy Institute, associate professor Ariel Liebman.
Augustin Honorat, CEO of ENGIE Australia and New Zealand, praised Monash University for its early adoption of a net zero emissions target and for capturing knowledge for future innovations.
“ENGIE is delighted to sign the MoU and looks forward to working with Monash to help achieve its goal of net zero by 2030 and together accelerate the global transition to net zero emissions,” said Honorat.
“We look forward to bringing ENGIE’s global expertise to MOU projects and any future collaboration with Monash to demonstrate our solutions in a local context.
ENGIE will join an ecosystem of university, government and industrial partners by working with Monash to create solutions for real-world application.
Under the MOU, the activities to be undertaken include:
- Net Zero Precincts – Monash and ENGIE will lead a 4-year Linkage program co-funded by the Australian Research Council to develop an interdisciplinary approach to decarbonising cities. Professor Rob Raven of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute will lead the program and experiment with large-scale net-zero for the energy, mobility and construction sectors.
- Clayton Campus Roadmap to Net Zero – This aims to structure and define the infrastructure investments, financing, energy supply and operational opportunities necessary to ensure a cost-effective approach to the transformation of net zero emissions at the Clayton campus.
- 360-degree City Scan – Produced by ENGIE Tractabel, it will provide an overview of the city’s evolution in terms of mobility, productivity, resilience, inclusiveness, attractiveness and connectivity. This will help develop and prioritize the development of solutions.