About us

The Australian-German Climate & Energy College is a new international Graduate College jointly instituted by the University of Melbourne and a partnership of German universities in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The College offers PhD candidates the opportunity to pursue research in climate change and energy transitions at a world-class level, complemented by a six-month exchange program to broaden their horizons and expertise at a partner institution overseas.

The College ensures originality of research at the frontline of science, with students studying across overlapping areas within these four research clusters:

  1. energy systems and the requirements for a national transition towards a dominant contribution of renewable energies
  2. emission pathways and mitigation strategies including trading systems, intergenerational equity, carbon budgets and mitigation costs
  3. all aspects of the climate system itself
  4. climatic impacts on the global supply network of goods and services with a special focus on energy infrastructure

Videos about us.

An introduction to the College with its supervisors.

A video about us and a view from students in their first year.

Paris Agreement Implementation

By Edisonblus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Are you looking to understand what countries' post-2020 climate targets actually mean in terms of emissions? Or what they need to be if we want to limit warming to within 2°C? Do you want to receive our latest stream of facts for the Paris negotiations? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then the below resources are for you.

INDC Factsheets

For every country that announced an INDC to the UNFCCC we have produced a factsheet with an estimate of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions, per-capita emissions, ranking in comparison to all other countries, and more. See here.


What commitments should individual G20 countries put forward for the world to have a chance of staying below 2°C? See our interactive website www.mitigation-contributions.org.


Back in 2015 for the Paris negotiations, we shared a random fact that underpins the negotiations. See the collection here.

You might also be interested in some of the useful resources from one of our parent institutes, the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute—these range from glossaries to background briefing analyses. They are available here: http://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/beyond-paris.

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