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Project update - December 2021

In this update we report on the changing of the guard at Ginninderra as we focus on various collaborative research, conservation work and activities to prepare for future sustainable development opportunities. In our last update we announced the end of 60-years continuous agricultural research at Ginninderra and the decommissioning of the property for that purpose.  We have now farewelled our agricultural research and farm management team, many of whom are involved in ongoing research at the state-of-the-art Boorowa Agricultural Research Station. Our Business and Infrastructure Services team is now leading the day-to-day property management with a continuing onsite manager, Megan Mitchell, working closely with our Land and Water team who are coordinating active research including collaborative projects and trials.  

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The four dimensions of the model used to track and plan sustainable cities.

Braddon work adds a new dimension to sustainable cities

A CSIRO-led study of Braddon, ACT has proven the technology that enables us to plan cities that are more sustainable in their critical infrastructure, use of materials, and their minimisation of waste and emissions.

CSIRO scientists and international collaborators have harnessed available data and technologies to create a four-dimensional model of Braddon that effectively tracks the suburb’s buildings, embodied materials, waste and emissions across 60 years of its history. The findings of CSIRO’s application of this model of ‘urban metabolism’ were published in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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CSIRO’s Jacqui Stol with a Little Eagle male that had just been fitted with a satellite transmitter on the northern ACT border.

Adventures of the Ginninderra Little Eagles

While many have been in lockdown, not so the Little Eagles at Ginninderra, some who bred and some who undertook extensive journeys over the past year. Their story can be told thanks to satellite tracking of the birds through a multi-agency research collaboration including our CSIRO team.

The story starts with a pair of Little Eagles that nested and successfully bred on the northern part of CSIRO Ginninderra West in the spring of 2020. With the adult female already carrying a satellite tracking device fitted 18 months earlier, members of the Little Eagle Research Group were able to successfully fit both the adult male and female offspring with similar satellite trackers in mid-January 2021.

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CSIRO's Newcastle Energy Centre, NSW is to be a demonstration site for net zero emissions (NZE) implementation.
Achieving net zero emissions at CSRIO

CSIRO has set itself targets and a goal to show Australia the way ahead on net zero emissions, not only through our research, but through our operations across Australia.

Targets and timelines for net zero emissions have been a hot topic of late. Among other goals, CSIRO is aiming for net zero emissions (NZE) by 2025 for our Newcastle site and by 2030 for the whole organisation. Beyond that, our aim is to reach net zero by 2050, taking into account the emissions through our supply and value chains.

We announced our plans concerning energy and emissions with the release of our Sustainability Strategy earlier in the year. This strategy also covers initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint and waste, promote organisational culture, gender equity, responsible purchasing and sustainable property strategies.

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