About us

Bridging the gap between science and the boardroom
We create practical decarbonisation solutions in partnership with government and industry – Technologies, policies and educational programs that allow for rapid adoption and impact.

The Net Zero Institute, previously the Net Zero Initiative, brings more than 150 researchers from across the University of Sydney together with industry collaborators to develop solutions across a range of disciplines, from extracting critical minerals from waste and greenhouse gas removals, to net zero health and green computing.

Formerly a grassroots collective of researchers, in May 2024, the University elevated the Institute to one of its flagship research centres to accelerate solution-based research and assist the world in meeting its climate change goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Our vision

  • Help manufacturers create low emissions technology, materials and processes, profitably and at scale.
  • Help governments develop policy frameworks around existing, new and emerging technologies that provide incentives for businesses and consumers as well as attracting global investment and markets.
  • Work with water, energy and transport providers to reduce waste, inefficiencies and carbon emissions within their current infrastructure, as well as investing in the right technologies for the future.
  • Ensure Australia’s workforce remains globally competitive through educating and upskilling workers for new and changing industries.

Our impact

Some key examples of our work include:

  • Creating an emissions-free aviation sector by optimising fuel efficiencies, aircraft design, adoption of hydrogen fuel cells and the development of battery and hybrid engines
  • Developing new construction materials – such as green steel and green concrete – that improve longevity while reducing waste and environmental impact
  • Creating digital twins of wind farms to enhance their performance in changing environmental conditions, extend their lifespan and increase the consistency of energy generation
  • Collaborating with industry across multiple sectors to develop next-generation batteries with greater storage capacity and a longer lifespan
  • Working with young people to understand the impacts of climate anxiety and address the future mental health implications and identify appropriate support structures
  • Helping governments create incentives for the uptake of low-emission technologies, products and services.

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