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The University of Adelaide has launched a new institute for coordinating net-zero emissions efforts, building upon and consolidating the university’s existing climate research faculties.

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER) launched Monday, August 22 and will serve as a ‘key portal’ for the university’s sustainable research capabilities according to ISER Director, Professor Michael Goodsite.

“The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources is the key portal of research capabilities within sustainability, energy and resources, wherever they may be anchored in our faculties and institutes,” Prof Goodsite said.

“There isn’t one answer to achieving a sustainable future. We’re going to have to bring together and integrate expertise and innovation in every facet of our activity.

“We have to solve problems like finding enough copper for the clean-energy technology required to reach net-zero carbon emissions, without further damaging what we are trying to protect.”

The ISER will build upon existing faculties, such as University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute.

Chief Scientist for South Australia, Professor Caroline McMillen, said achieving net-zero targets would require diverse solutions.

“Achieving our net-zero targets needs the best ideas and solutions from many fields to drive the innovation and technology required to meet a tough challenge,” Prof McMillen said.

“This new Institute is key to meeting our targets- delivering a cleaner future for SA and the world.”

The ISER is located at the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus and will work with researchers there and at its Waite and Roseworthy campuses.

Feature Image: The University of Adelaide Solar Farm at Roseworthy Campus. Photo: The University of Adelaide.

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