Beyond Zero Emissions is the award-winning Australian NGO and climate solutions think-tank co-authoring the acclaimed Zero Carbon Australia series, now in its 8th year.

Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. is a not-for-profit research and education organisation known for its work designing and implementing a zero emissions economy for Australia. BZE's goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based, emissions intensive, economy to a 21st-century renewable-energy-powered clean-tech economy.

Through the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) research project, public engagement program and the Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) inititiative BZE is encouraging climate change policy and action that is in line with the latest science and the Paris Agreement's mandate of peaking emissions as soon as possible.


The Zero Carbon Communities initiative is implementing the Zero Carbon Australia vision

The Zero Carbon Communities initiative has arisen in response to the lack of impactful federal level leadership on climate change action.

BZE's Zero Carbon Communities initiative is developing regional and council 10year zero emissions blueprints based on the entire Zero Carbon Australia series (see below).

Despite the challenging policy and investment barriers, cities, towns and local communities, are making genuinely ambitious commitments and taking meaningful action on climate change both in Australia and around the world. The many 100% RE projects in cities and towns are a good example of this.  

With its established independent research base and community education work over 8 years Zero Carbon Communites and Beyond Zero Emissions is a key and leading part of the emerging global 'zero' network.

As a result, BZE is also receiving an increasing number of requests for support and technical assistance to adapt the  national Zero Carbon Australia vision and plans to support the development of community level zero carbon transition plans.  

Zero Carbon Communities (1Mb download summary)

Leading communities 

In March 2015, the Mayor of Byron Shire Council, Simon Richardson, announced that the region was to become the first in Australia to commit to achieving zero emissions within 10 years. 

The Guardian                Prime TV                       NBN TV                                Renew Economy 

The Zero Emissions Byron project is a partnership between Byron Shire Council and BZE and aims to facilitate and provide technical support to five community-led sectoral working groups on buildings, energy, land use, transport and waste.

These groups are currently working through Phase 1 of the project which includes:


  • Gathering baseline data
  • Setting targets,
  • Identifying strategic options
  • Pinpointing potential barriers
  • Developing action plans


Several other councils including Mitchell Shire Council are also working with BZE towards similar goals.   

A Zero Carbon Community Blueprint

Through Zero Emissions Byron and other community level projects, BZE is aiming to develop a Zero Carbon Community blueprint and resource toolkit.

The blueprint and toolkit will outlinine the process and required resources that will facilitate and accelerate the uptake of zero carbon targets and projects in communities across Australia.

The blueprint and toolkit will also be available both online and offline to support peer to peer learning between and within communities wishing to achieve meaningful and ambitious climate mitigation targets and actions.

In the longer term, BZE will be using increased action at community level as a basis to advocate for an improved policy and funding environment at local, state and federal levels. 

Zero Carbon Communities and COP21

BZE’s goal is to show in detail how Australia can make a successful transition away from a heavy reliance on fossil fuels to become a 21st century, clean-tech, carbon capturing renewable energy superpower. 

“We were at COP21 to showcase and seek funding for our two key initiatives: the Zero Carbon Australia Project and the new and exciting Zero Carbon Communities initiative spearheaded by the pioneering Zero Emissions Byron project. Both initiatives demonstrate that governments can and should be far more ambitious in setting a zero long term target : transition plans exist to support this process and local communities are already working hard to achieve them within 10 years.” Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions.

The capacity of BZE to consider a role of this kind is thanks to the ongoing and phenomenal capacity of its professional volunteers and presenter network, many of whom have acted as co-authors and experts within the ZCA project over more than 8 years.

Are you interested in supporting Zero Carbon Communities?

Here is BZE's current range of project proposals within the Zero Carbon Communities initiative: 

Zero Carbon Communities online portal: creating an online learning community and platform for open sourced resources to accelerate the uptake of zero carbon targets and projects in communities across Australia

Zero Emissions Byron: 100% Community renewable energy financing model AND/OR "Pipeline" for zero emissions projects across different sectors

Get in touch - we'd love to meet you to talk "Zero" - Media and enquiry contact details

Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO: stephen.bygrave@bze.org.au

Jodie Green, Communications Team Contact: jodie.green@bze.org.au   

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F: Beyond Zero Emissions    W: bze.org.au/blog & zeroparis.wordpress.com

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Zero Carbon Communities Gallery

Zero Emissions Byron Working Group - not working!


Byron Shire Council Mayor with  Australian Compact of Mayors colleagues at the Nov 5 2015 CDP Climate Leaders Summit in Sydney


Zero Carbon Australia

The Zero Carbon Australia series is known for its expert sector-by-sector emissions analysis, fully costed projections and shift metrics scaled to 10 year zero and net zero transitions.

In partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Energy Institute , BZE has published the following plans:

    Stationary Energy Plan, 2010 - Stationary Energy Plan (8.09Mb download) A fully costed transition plan for getting Australia to zero emissions in ten years using commercially available technology. 

    Buildings Plan 2013 -   Buildings Plan (32Mb download) Zero carbon commercial and residential buildings

    Transport Plan, 2014 and 2016  - Stage 1 High Speed Rail transport with High Speed Rail, High Speed Rail report  (2014, 13.8Mb download) Stage 2 Electric Vehicle Plan ( 2016, 8.2Mb download)

    LandUse 2014 -  Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry  (16Mb download) Land use for carbon storage, 

    Industrial processes (in progress - contact us please if this is your area of expertise or if you would like to fund this vital project) 

    Renewable Energy Superpower  (3Mb download) This report looks at Australia's renewable resource close to the grid and finds it is vast, and that Australia should not delay plans to replace existing coal exports.

     Zero Carbon Australia Overview (300kb)  

BZE's vision is ambitious and our research shows it is achievable - join us to create the future.

We are involved in the following activities:

  • research
  • education
  • transition planning
  • corporate education
  • network building
  • solutions development

We accept the findings of the most current science, which shows that we have already allowed climate change to go too far, and must act immediately to reduce our levels of greenhouse gas emissions to zero and below.