Energy Change Institute (ECI)
The ECI aims to provide authoritative leadership in Energy Change research and education through a broad portfolio ranging from science and engineering of energy generation and energy efficiency, to energy regulations, economics, sociology and policy.
The ECI comprises more than 200 staff and PhD students from all 7 Colleges of the University, and around $100 million in infrastructure and facilities, supported by a major portfolio of external grant funding.
A key to many challenges facing the world today is a world-wide change to carbon-free forms of energy production. Energy change will offer broader benefits to society by driving the transformation to a clean economy in response to climate change, by increasing economic productivity to help ensure long-term growth, and by improving energy access and security.
Technology and policy neutral
A defining feature of the ECI is that we are technology and policy neutral. That is, we undertake research and education in key areas of energy technology and energy policy without favouring one particular area over another. This can and should create an open forum for good ideas leading to energy change.
Climate Change Institute
The Energy Change Institute is a collaborating member of the highly regarded ANU Climate Change Institute (CCI). The CCI supports a cohesive, interactive community of researchers and teachers at ANU, aimed at building a powerful capability to meet the climate change challenge, from basic science, through impacts and adaptation, to solutions based on economics, institutions and energy technologies.
Energy policy, economics and regulation is a key focus of the newly established Australian National Institute for Public Policy (ANIPP) which will provide the ECI (and other ANU entities) with the wider context that policy and decision makers need. ANIPP draws together the public policy expertise available at ANU and its various specialist centres by providing an educational portal to the Australian Public Service. It incorporates the H.C. Coombs Policy Forum, a ‘think tank’ operated as a strategic collaboration between the Australian Government and ANU, focussed on transforming public policy research into practice.
Three ECI researchers were selected amongst the nine inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellows across the University:
- Professor Ken Baldwin (ECI Director)
- Professor Andrew Blakers (ANU College of Engineering and Computer Sciences)
- Professor Warwick McKibbin (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and The Pacific)
In 2014, ECI Researcher Associate Professor Karen Hussey (Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment) ECI Researcher Associate Professor Frank Jotzo (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific) and ECI Advisory Board member Professor Michael Raupach (CCI Director) have been appointed as ANU Public Policy Fellows.
In addition, the recent return of Professor Quentin Grafton to the ANU and his appointment as Executive Director of ANIPP brought the number of ECI researchers appointed as ANU Public Policy Fellows to four. The Fellows contribute to the new Crawford School of Public Policy - the ANU gateway for public policy.