Monash signs MoU with ENGIE to accelerate Net Zero Initiative

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Monash University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global energy company ENGIE.

The two organisations will explore opportunities to co-develop scalable zero-carbon solutions that accelerate the implementation of Monash’s Net Zero Initiative, winner of the 2018 United Nations ‘Momentum for Change Award’. 

As part of its broader scope, the collaboration to be developed under the MoU will see Monash and ENGIE utilise their combined expertise to build the foundations for better cities globally.

Through coordinated deployment, research and education activities, the collaboration ultimately aims at exploring and developing net zero solutions for cities and major precincts worldwide.

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Professor Ken Sloan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President (Enterprise and Governance) at Monash, said the opportunities being explored would be an important step in accelerating the implementation of the University’s Net Zero Initiative.  

“It will harness both of our strengths to tackle 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,” Professor Sloan said. 

Associate Professor Ariel Liebman, Director of the Monash Energy Institute, said, “Building on ENGIE’s world leading approach to R&D for decarbonisation, the Monash research community has an incredible opportunity for long-term societal impact starting right here on our own campus.” 

Augustin Honorat, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE Australia & New Zealand, praised Monash University for their early adoption of a net zero emissions target as well as capturing knowledge for future innovations.  

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“ENGIE is excited to sign the MoU and looks forward to working with Monash to help achieve their net zero target by 2030 and to accelerate, together, the global transition to net zero emissions,” Mr Honorat said.   

“We’re looking forward to bringing ENGIE’s global expertise to projects undertaken as part of the MoU and to any future collaboration with Monash to demonstrate our solutions in a local context.”  

ENGIE joins a vibrant ecosystem of partners across academia, industry and government, working with Monash change-makers to create solutions for real-world application.