Towards net-zero emissions at Australia's home of science

November 15, 2020

The Australian Academy of Science has committed to reducing its impact on climate change by working towards a net-zero emissions future for the Shine Dome.

The University of Canberra has partnered with the Academy to develop a sustainability plan that will renew or replace environmental systems at the National Heritage Listed Canberra landmark.

Researchers from the University of Canberra's Faculty of Arts and Design have received more than $200,000 in funding for ‘The Sustainable Shine Dome’ project as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Heritage Grants.

“The plan researches and adopts world leading strategies and innovative approaches to protect and sustainably manage the place’s national heritage values,” said Professor Dr Michael Jasper.

“A sustainability plan responsive to changing technologies ensures the Shine Dome continues to represent the scientific energy and experimentation of the Academy of Science.”

The project began in June, and talks are currently underway with project partners GHD and GML Heritage to assess the current state of the building and explore possible modifications.

The project will see the adoption of world-leading strategies and innovative approaches to ensure progressive energy and emissions reductions while protecting and sustainably managing the Shine Dome’s national heritage values.

Sustainable Shine Dome project team (from left): Michael Jasper, University of Canberra; Dave McLauchlan, GHD; Katie Little, Academy; Noam Maitless, GHD; Anna-Maria Arabia, Academy; Tracy Ireland, University of Canberra; Hans Bachor, Academy; Catherine Forbes, Rachel Jackson and Kaylie Beasley, GML Heritage

As part of the project, the public will have the opportunity to take part in a series of educational activities to improve the awareness of the Shine Dome’s national heritage values, with the first activity beginning in December.

Australian Academy of Science Chief Executive, Anna-Maria Arabia, said the Academy is thrilled that the University of Canberra has been awarded an Australian Government Heritage Grant to develop a sustainability plan for the iconic Shine Dome.

“A sustainability plan to guide what is needed to reduce the Shine Dome’s energy and emissions footprint, is not only good for the environment but also reflects the values and work of the Fellows of the Academy who call the Shine Dome home,” Ms Arabia said.

“The Shine Dome, Australia’s home of science, was the first building to be listed on the National Heritage List and its preservation and protection is important so it can be enjoyed by future generations.”

The project is being undertaken simultaneously with the restoration of the copper covering the dome, which was damaged in a hailstorm in late January. Read more about the restoration of the Shine Dome roof. 

The Shine Dome remains open for business as an event venue during the works and bookings are welcome.

Learn more about the history of the Shine Dome.

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