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A CSIRO medal.

CSIRO 2010 Environmental Achievement Medal recipients

The CSIRO Medal for Environmental Achievement honours outstanding environmental sustainability and performance by CSIRO staff.

  • 12 October 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

The Energy Technology Newcastle Site Energy Team received the award for pioneering the path to a carbon-neutral CSIRO by developing a tool for understanding energy options and costs, and by rolling out world-first technologies to slash energy consumption at the CSIRO National Energy Centre in Newcastle.

This tool has the potential to benefit commercial buildings worldwide in the effort to stop climate change.

The Team has effectively ‘walked the talk’ – they have shown how careful planning and the application of state-of-the-art CSIRO technologies can dramatically reduce energy consumption from commercial buildings worldwide by implementing changes in their own backyard.

With the goal of establishing a truly zero emissions site, the team of volunteer staff implemented energy saving measures covering the CSIRO National Energy Centre at Newcastle – from office and laboratory air-conditioning systems through to lighting and refrigeration – resulting in significant reductions in energy use at the site.

Working since 2008, the team also developed a ‘carbon cost curve’ detailing the path to zero emissions for the Centre, recommending particular technologies, the capital and ongoing costs for each item, and the carbon dioxide savings involved.

This tool has the potential to benefit the whole of CSIRO, as well as commercial buildings worldwide in the effort to stop climate change.

Team members:

  • Dr Stephen White
  • Dr Joshua Wall
  • Dr John Ward
  • Mr Daniel Rowe
  • Dr Luke Reedman
  • Mr Anthony Szatow
  • Mr Daniel Linsell
  • Dr Glenn Platt.

Read more about CSIRO Awards.