University of Melbourne and Alcatel-Lucent researchers helping to deliver energy efficient telecommunications networks have been recognised by the Victorian government for their Excellence in Innovation in Industry Partnerships.

The prestigious Victorian International Education Awards acknowledge Victoria’s education providers, businesses and students for their contribution to the state’s international education sector.

The University was also highly commended for its Asia-Australia Mental Health initiative, in the Excellence in Innovation in Research Partnerships category.

The University’s Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, is the world’s first research centre dedicated to reducing the impact of communications technologies on our carbon footprint.

Dr Kerry Hinton, CEET Director, said the award recognised the success of the Centre’s research as a model for industry engagement.

“This award demonstrates the strong partnership we have with Alcatel-Lucent, which continues to produce world leading research and innovation outcomes,” she said.

Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Australia said the delivery of energy efficiency was a significant challenge for the telecommunications industry.

“The CEET is a key part of the Bell Labs sustainability practice as it supports Alcatel-Lucent’s innovation work with telecommunications providers around the world,” he said.

“Alcatel-Lucent is proud of its partnership the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government to advance Australian research that addresses such an important and growing industry agenda.”

The CEET’s research has shown the rapid growth in broadband demand globally could raise internet energy consumption to 5 to 10 per cent of the world’s electricity supply and associated emissions in six years. This is the second award the CEET and Alcatel-Lucent have received for their innovative partnership.

In 2012, they were recognised for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Research & Development at the Business and Higher Education Round Table awards.