Australian National University targets net zero by 2030

It hopes to achieve ‘below zero’ emissions for its energy, waste, business travel and direct greenhouse gas emissions on campus

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The Australian National University (ANU) has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2030.

It has targeted ‘below zero’ emissions for its energy, waste, business travel and direct greenhouse gas emissions on campus.

The university will also offset hard-to-abate emissions.

ANU Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt, said: “As Australia’s national university, we are committed to not only reducing and offsetting our emissions but also taking more carbon out of the atmosphere than we put in.

“Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to zero as soon as possible is essential but this alone won’t be enough to meet our global goals.

“Achieving below zero is ambitious and it will involve big changes to the way we do things but as the national university, we must show leadership in driving a societal transformation to address climate change.”