Sustainable Urban Design

Dr Sara Bice

Dr Sara Bice, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, talks about her new book "Responsible Mining".

"Responsible Mining " - Is it an oxymoron or is it possible?

Dr Stephen Bygrave

AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORK OF BZE OVER THE YEARS
To speak about such a topic, the guest was BZE CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave who is about to embark on a new challenge to join the Queensland government as executive director in the field of environment and climate change.

The work of BZE has encompassed such diverse areas as 100% renewable energy and how soon this may be viable, buildings, battery storage, agriculture including land clearing, industrial processes (such as alternatives in the production of aluminium), and transport to name just a few. In fact BZE has attained worldwide acclaim.

Transport in particular is responsible for 15% of national emissions but the ridiculous dependence on cars in Australia is badly in need of a "mode shift" in favour of public transport and electric cars not forgetting the movement of freight. It is so short-sighted by governments to move freight on the road in lieu of rail which had been achieved in the past. BZE has also written on the topic of high speed rail which has been utilised so successfully in other countries, in particular India and China where there are so many people to accommodate!

So Stephen will perhaps be involved in the different challenges that Queensland can throw up  - none bigger than the Great Barrier Reef and Adani and land clearing!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 12/8/16)

Trent Hawkins - Zero Net Energy Towns

Trent Hawkins is Senior Consultant at renewables and energy efficiency consultancy Enhar. He joins Beyond Zero to talk about his latest technical research on Zero Net Energy Towns. This project looks at supporting Australian towns and villages assess and design their own plan to achieve 100% renewable energy over a period of 5-10 years. Trent has completed a report about Uralla NSW which is a Z-NET Case Study Town. 

Trent was the Project Director of the recently published Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE). The report is a groundbreaking new pathway for Australia's existing buildings to respond to the challenges of climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, and rising energy prices. Trent was a research director with BZE, a climate change solutions think tank for over three years, including playing a role in senior management of the organization. He was a contributing author to the Banksia award-winning Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan. Trent is a Mechanical Engineer with a background in renewable energy and computational modelling.

Adrian Whitehead calls for climate action!

Beyond Zero editorialises ahead of the multiple climate rallies and Paris climate negotiations as a preamble to talking with Adrian Whitehead a climate campaigner currently advising Australian agricultural systems to intergrate bio char, which is a well known soil enhancer and carbon sink.

Implementing BZE Plans at Emergency Speed

Ian Blair Hamilton: 70% less water with Aussie e-shower

e-Shower is a Kickstarter crowd funding product that uses 70% Less Water and feels twice as good! It is an Australian invention by Richard West. The e-Shower shower head has revolutionised water saving by using a unique Venturi system which uses an aeration technique that delivers an air bubble covered in water. In a normal shower most of the water that hits your body bounces off. In a misting shower much of the water doesn't even touch you! With an e-Shower when the air bubble hits your skin it 'pops' or crumples onto the skin. The water sticks to you. That's the difference! Check out Kickstarter page to see how you can support this Australian invention. 

Ian Blair Hamilton is the founder of Alkaway, Australia's original water ionizer company. He is the inventor of the world's first all natural activated hydrogen water filter system. He also manages marketing of the amazing e-Shower, along with inventor Richard West.

Byron Bay first regional Australian city to commit to zero emissions

By Oliver Milman. The Guardian, March 9 2015

Byron shire says it aims to be a 'zero emissions community' within 10 years by upgrading public transport, improving agriculture and retrofitting buildings. 

Byron Bay has become the first regional Australian city to commit to cutting its carbon emissions to zero. Photograph: Byron At Byron/AAP

Byron Bay has become the first place in Australia outside the major cities to commit to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero over the next 10 years.

Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

By Giles Parkinson. RenewEconomy, March 9 2015

Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years.

The push by Byron mayor Simon Richardson means that Byron Bay will be the first town or council in Australia to adopt the master-plan created several years ago by the think tank Beyond Zero Emissions.

The idea is to dovetail the plan with other local initiatives, including a stream of community-based renewable energy developments, the creation of the country’s first community energy retailer, and the proliferation of rooftop solar at the household and business level.

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Eduardo Berlin - The Mapdwell Project

Eduardo Berlin

Eduardo Berlin is an architect based in Massachusetts. His research focuses upon housing policy and information models to drive consumer choices towards the advantages of sustainability.The Mapdwell Project provides informational tools to allow users to precisely predict the solar electric potential of a selected rooftop.

Bo Frank, mayor of Växjö talks about the one of the greenest cities in Europe

Beyond Zero speaks with Bo Frank, mayor of Växjö Sweden, about the town's reputation as one of the most environmentally friendly in the world.

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