The global demand for zero and low emissions technology, infrastructure, materials, products and services will drive industries and economies for decades to come.
Already we are seeing an enormous shift in global expenditure with an estimated US$2.4 trillion to be invested every year for the next 15 years to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C.
This presents a significant economic opportunity for Australia. But navigating this new and rapidly changing landscape is complex, requiring deep collaboration and partnerships between research, industry, policy makers and the community.
The Faculty of Engineering's Net Zero Initiative is about helping Australian industry (urban, regional and remote) gain first mover advantage globally by understanding, developing and adopting innovative and commercially viable emissions reduction technologies early.
It is about:
The initiative currently consists of close to 100 researchers from across the University of Sydney.
We aim to expand on this by working with new partners both externally in industry and internally within our own university community
The Net Zero Initiative focuses on four core research pillars:
The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to announce collaborative research projects that have been awarded grants to support the path to net zero target.
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