Reports & Publications

This page is a repository of reports and publications from activities across the ANU Green programs: Dhaagun Environmental Management Plan (EMP) 2022-2025 and the Below Zero program, as well as publications from other relevant programs associated with the Sustainability at ANU. It includes annual reports, progress reports, operational reports, student research reports, internship project outputs and other publications.

Environmental Sustainability Report

The Environmental Sustainability Report is an annual account of the University's achievements in its environmental sustainability programs. 

Our first report highlights our efforts in 2023 to embed environmental programs across the campus and into our operations, cultivate a living lab environment by integrating these programs with research and teaching and foster relationships with our community and external partners. 

Below Zero Progress Reports

The Below Zero Program reports to ANU Council twice a year, updating on progress in emissions reduction and removal, and its engagement work. The Progress Reports outline key trends and events of interest to Below Zero over the reporting period, and addresses challenges faced by the Program. 

Student Reports

Project nameProject descriptionProject status
Building Sustainable Heat Infrastructure - Mapping Funding Strategies for The Australian National University’s Electrified District Energy Hubs

Fawwad's report establishes an evaluation framework for potential funding strategies for sustainable heat infrastructure at the University. Read the full report (PDF, 346 KB).

Sustainability Reporting In Universities

Erin Upfold explores the Global Reporting Initiative and Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System as potential sustainability frameworks that may better place the University to measure and report on its environmental, social and governance impacts. Erin recommends the STARS framework is most suited to the University given its widespread use internationally and specific design for universities. Read the full report (PDF, 1,941 KB).

Carbon Emissions Events Visualiser

Honours Student Isabella Federle developed an interactive visualiser for participants and organisers of OzCHI22. Read the full report (PDF, 2043 KB).

Web App to Choose a Greener Transportation Method in Business Trips

Honours Student Zhiyuan Ning designed a mobile app that motivates ANU staff to choose a transportation method that reduces their carbon footprint on business trips. Read the full report (PDF, 73.2 KB).

Corporate Sustainability/ESG Frameworks

Yuchen Liu developed proposed an ESG reporting method. Read the full report (PDF, 297 KB). 

HR Levers for Travel Behaviour Change

Nick Warren-Smith reviewed University policies and resources to identify areas where travel behaviour may be influenced without sacrificing opportunities for staff and the core missions of the University. Read the full report (PDF, 510 KB). 

Carbon Credit Market Assessment

Tom Adams investigated the viability of several short-term offsetting strategies for the University, using qualitative analysis to identify and contrast potential approaches to reaching net zero emissions. Read the full report (PDF, 684 KB) 

Pathways towards ANU Below Zero: A review of behavioural change, waste management, and carbon sequestration

A critical literature review was performed to evaluate behavioural change and waste management and carbon sequestration strategies in universities such as the University of Cambridge, and organisations of Blue Planet. This evaluation highlighted 11 principles contributing to universities’ success in behavioural change and waste management strategies to reduce carbon emissions which may be beneficial for consideration by ANU Below Zero. Four enabling environments were identified for effective carbon sequestration: long-term commitment, research funding, alignment with circular economy policies, and carbon accounting mechanisms. Read the full report (PDF, 833 KB). 

Aggregated Energy Use at the ANU

This report determines how energy use is aggregated from individuals, through subcommunities using the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) as a case study to the whole of the Australian National University (ANU) campuses. This report is presented to the ANU Executive to inform short, medium and long term strategies that can be implemented to support behavioural change, reduce energy use and encourage long term campus sustainability. Read the full report (PDF, 813 KB).