Energy change

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the burning of fossil fuels as quickly and efficiently as possible is clearly vital to reduce the impacts of climate change. At the same time, energy systems are increasingly vulnerable to climate change impacts.

A key solution to these challenges is a world-wide shift to low-GHG emission forms of energy. Energy change that drives this transformation to a clean economy will also offer wider benefits to society by increasing economic productivity, and by improving energy access and security as well as via a range of health and environmental outcomes.

Energy research at ANU covers a broad portfolio ranging from the science and engineering of energy generation and energy efficiency, to energy economics, regulation, security, sociology and policy. A defining feature of the University's energy expertise is that it is both technology and policy neutral.

ICEDS brings together expertise in energy technologies and implementation expertise in the economic, legal, sociological and policy issues of energy change. This broad portfolio of research activity is unique nationally, and its integration with the climate and disaster risk portfolios will further increase the competitiveness of ANU.

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Our Institute's research scope encompasses the following themes.

Research scope

Culture and society »

Unless climate action and disaster response is framed in ways that engage with the world views of target audiences, cognitive dissonance can set in resulting in people continuing to ignore the problems. Given these factors, our members' research incorporates aspects of human life including art, behaviour change (eg ANU Below Zero research cluster), capacity building, communications, gender, research with Indigenous communities, psychology, resilient communities and urban systems. 

Health & security »

Our members' work broadly encompasses state and human security, health and wellbeing, human security, energy systems, infrastructure, emergency preparedness and disaster responses.

Land, water, food, energy & biodiversity nexus »

Caring for our ecosystems and conserving biodiversity threatened by climate change and other environmental stress factors such as land clearing is a challenge facing land managers and policy-makers throughout the world.

Net zero technologies & policies »

Our members' expertise includes researching and testing the technologies and policies required to shift societies to adapt to our changing climate and become greenhouse gas neutral, covering decarbonisation of every sector of our economy including energy, transport and agriculture.

Policy, economics, law and governance »

Members' work spans domestic and international responses to climate and energy policy and economics and disaster preparedness and responses, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and climate change adaptation.