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Renewable Energy Superpower Report Launch


Beyond Zero Emissions is pleased to announce the launch of the next of its major research reports.


The Renewable Energy Superpower report outlines opportunities for Australian in the clean-energy era.

Monday, 19 October 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (AEDT)

University of Melbourne - Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A
Parkville, VIC 3010

Book here at Eventbrite


Free Tours for Smart Future Cities Conference



Free Tours for Smart Future Cities Conference


September 30 - October 3 in Newcastle NSW


BZE film night 23 Sep: Cowspiracy Screening and Panel Discussion

BZE are teaming up with Less Meat Less Heat to bring you another screening of the environmental documentary Cowspiracy. The flim will be followed by a Panel Discussion.


Andrew Logmire - Project Director of Beyond Zero Emissions (ZCA Land Use Plan)

Mark Pershin - Campaign Director of Less Meat Less Heat

Sophie Lamond - Chapter Leader, Youth Food

Arnaud Gallois - Office Of Environmental Programs, Melbourne University 

And more...

The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

Come join us to learn more about this environmental issue and talk about being a part of the solution. Tickets are $10.

Follow the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket now.

6:30pm Wednesday 23 September 2015
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
251 Faraday Street Carlton VIC 3053
Library - Multi-purpose Room1

Public transport: Stop 1 Swanston Street, You can get there via a tram from the city, such as any of the Melbourne University routes.

Download the Cowspiracy film night poster 

Melbourne workshop - High Speed Rail in Australia


At this workshop BZE's lead researcher Gerard Drew will share our High Speed Rail research with others interested in the necessity and feasibility of High Speed Rail in Australia.

Brisbane workshop


Workshop on Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan and Energy Freedom

Saturday 28 March

Learn to talk low-emission homes & buildings that will both guide you easily through the next backyard BBQ, and to give you the skills to implement energy efficiency yourself.

Retrofit audience

This workshop is for everyone. It will include all building types, including existing homes/units, renovations and new builds.

Launching: Land Use report comes to Brisbane


Join BZE at a premiere event in Brisbane where we will be unveiling this ground-breaking new report.
Book your seat at the launch here (FREE).

The evening will feature a presentation of the key findings from the Zero Carbon Australia Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry report.

Fly by rail - Brisbane launch


Beyond Zero Emissions will be launching our Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail report in Brisbane on August 19.

Date: 19th August 2014

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Gibson Room, room 1064, Z Block, The Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane

Admission: Free. Registration essential - click here to book.

This report shows how high speed rail on Australia’s eastern seaboard is economically viable and can be operational in ten years. The rail route proposed in the report connects Brisbane with Sydney, Melbourne and regional towns in between.

“High speed rail runs on electricity, which means, unlike air travel, it can run on one hundred percent renewable energy. This is the prime motivation behind BZE’s recommendation of high speed rail”, says lead author, Gerard Drew.

A selection of speakers will discuss the technical, economic and social issues relating to high speed rail in Australia. Speakers include Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

Download the High Speed Rail report free here, or purchase a hardcopy from our online shop.

BZE Calendar

To find out what's on, what's happening, where you can meet with like minded people from Beyond Zero Emissions or to catch one of our talks around the country then for the most up to date listing of upcoming events, please look at the Beyond Zero Emissions google calendar.

Melbourne film premiere: Two Degrees

Beyond Zero Emissions will host the Melbourne premiere screening of newly released climate change documentary Two Degrees on November 6, and we would love for you to join us!

Power station, Port Augusta, with Flinders Ranges in background. Image:

6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday, 6th November
The University of Melbourne, Physics South - Laby Theatre
Building 192, Room L108 (NOT building 102 as previously advertised!)

Tickets $25 -- Book Online Now at

A limited number of tickets available so please book now to avoid missing out.

A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow the screening.

'Two Degrees' - Melbourne Premiere Screening

'Two Degrees' - Melbourne Premiere

Join Beyond Zero Emissions in Melbourne for a premiere screening of the newly-released climate change documentary 'Two Degrees'! 

There will be a short panel discussion following the film, as well as an opportunity to hear from the filmmakers.

For more information about the film, please visit:

 6.30-8.30pm, 6th November 2013
The University of Melbourne
Physics South - Laby Theatre
Building 102, Room L108
Melbourne, VIC
Beyond Zero Emissions (General Enquiries)
Ph:  (03) 9415 1301

VIC - Film Night - 'Bidder 70'

It's time for another film night in Melbourne!

Join Beyond Zero Emissions for a screening of  'Bidder 70', a multi-award winning film that tells the story of American climate activist, Tim DeChristopher, who was recently sentenced to serve two years in a federal prison following an act of civil disobedience. In 2008, DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed BLM Oil and Gas lease auction when he successfully bid on 22, 000 acres of land worth $1.7 million with the intention of safeguarding it from resource exploitation.

Stick around after the screening for a discussion on the topic of fossil fuel divestment. More information about our guest speakers to be announced shortly.


Ticket prices are $7 online or $10 at the door.



Location: Level 2 Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Date and Time: September 5th, tea and cake from 6.00pm, screening at 6.30pm sharp

Transport: Tram 112, Stop 16, Corner of Johnston and Brunswick Street

Contact: BZE Melboure Office (General Enquiries) Ph: (03) 9415 1301

It's time to launch the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan!


Launches in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney

  • Melbourne: Thursday, 8 August, 6:30PM at The Spot Basement Theatre, Melbourne University, 198 Berkely St Carlton. Click here to book Melbourne seats.
  • Brisbane: Monday, 12 August, from 6PM at C Block Auditorium C1411, Southbank TAFE, 66 Ernest St South Brisbane. Click here to book Brisbane seats.
  • Sydney: Wednesday, 14 August, from 6:15 PM at NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills. Click here to book Sydney seats.

Join us at this premiere event. Our buildings research director Trent Hawkins will speak alongside leading environmental building experts. Be among the first to see our ground-breaking research launched. Seats are limited - see link above to make bookings.

There will also be a pre-launch presentation of the plan at Byron Bay on August 6 - Click here for details.

BZE Brisbane: Movie Fundraiser Event



In partnership with the Sustainable Engineering Society, join Beyond Zero Emission’s Brisbane Branch for the screening of "Generation Green", a 13 minute documentary that follows the journey BZE’s lead Stationary Energy Plan and Transport Plan researcher Patrick Hearps.

The documentary will be complemented by a live Q&A with documentary producer Laura Noonan, and followed by food and drinks in the foyer.

Please join us at this special event to help raise funds for Beyond Zero Emissions.


Beyond Zero Radio Comedy Fundraiser



Come along to the Beyond Zero Emissions Comedy Extravaganza with Beyond Zero Radio's own Matt Grantham playing MC for three other special comedians who have donated their time:

  • Neil Sinclair (winner, Raw Comedy)
  • Danny McGinlay
  • Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) has two weekly programs on 3CR Community Radio. All proceeds from this comedy fundraiser will go to 3CR's annual Radiothon, to keep our shows and our station on air! So come along for a laugh, meet some of the BZE team, and support BZE in keeping the message out there.

book online now!

Portland Hotel
115-127 Russell Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

WHEN:  7pm Friday 21 June (for a 7:30pm start)

TICKETS:  $20 online or $25 at the door

BOOK ONLINE: TryBooking event page

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VIC - Film Night - 'Drying For Freedom'

Are you ready to hear the inconvenient truth about tumble dryers? No, really!

Beyond Zero Emissions is screening 'Drying For Freedom', a film that explores how corporate interests, consumer habits and local legislation have made the simple act of drying clothes more emissions-intensive in many countries around the world. British filmmaker Steven Lake criss-crosses the globe in an effort to understand why it can be difficult for people to make sustainable choices in their daily lives.

After the film we will be joined by guest speakers Lisa Caripis, Anne Kallies and a representative from the AYCC. Our discussion will consider the role of the law in facilitating the implementation of climate change solutions, with a particular focus on the restrictive wind farm planning laws introduced by the Baillieu government in Victoria.


Ticket prices are $7 online or $10 at the door.



Location: Level 2 Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Date and Time: May 16th, 6.30pm

Transport: Tram 112, Stop 16, Corner of Johnston and Brunswick Street

Beyond Zero Emissions ZCA Transport Plan: A Sneak Peak

Hosted by Friends of Banyule, BZE Researcher Gerard Drew will give an overview of the ZCA Transport Plan. He will look at how this compares to current transport planning in Melbourne and offer some thoughts on how the current transport funding structure reflects the entrenched road mentality of our transport policy makers.

When: Thursday 18 April 2013, 7:30PM - 9:00PM 
Where: The Old Shire Offices, 60 Beverley Road , Heidelberg (Mel Ref 32 D3)

Gerard Drew

Gerard is a research coordinator of the Beyond Zero Emissions Zero Carbon Australia Transport Plan. After 10 years developing vehicles for the motor racing industry and completing a degree in Aerospace Engineering, he certainly understands how not to achieve zero emissions transport. Shifting his focus to sustainability and climate change abatement, Gerard is now working with a team of volunteer experts to measure up the best mix of technologies for a zero emissions, modern and effective transport system in Australia. 

High Speed Rail

Post Carbon Pathways launch, panel on US/China climate action

We're happy to invite all our friends and supporters to these two free discussions put on by our associates at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute:

Mon April 15: Post-Carbon Pathways launch and panel discussion on climate change leadership

Event date: Monday, 15 April 2013
Event time: 6pm – 8pm
Event location: Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, Spencer Rd, left of Ian Potter Gallery on Swanston St, UoM

Post Carbon Pathways: Creating a just and resilient post carbon future, by John Wiseman,Taegen Edwards, and Kate Luckins draws on in-depth interviews with leading international researchers, policy makers and activists on actions needed to drive the rapid implementation of large scale post carbon economy transition strategies.

This event will also feature a panel discussion.

Free but please RSVP. For further information see attached flyer, contact John Wiseman or visit the website.

Tue April 16: What US and China’s Action on Climate Change means for Australia

Register for this free event

Event date: Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Event time: 6pm - 8pm
Event location: Laby Theatre, L108, Physics South, Spencer Rd, Parkville, University of Melbourne

Climate change requires decisive action from across the international community. Countries with a history of high emissions of greenhouse gases - such as the US and Australia – need to act. So too do growing economies such as China. So what are the US and China doing to reduce emissions? And what does this mean for Australia and its unique position as a high per capita emitter, major coal exporter, and political middle power? The world is watching.


  • Roy Neel is former Chief of Staff# for former US Vice-President Al Gore, and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University
  • Robyn Eckersley is Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne
  • Alex Wyatt is co-founder of Climate Bridge, carbon project developers working in China
  • MC: Don Henry is CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation

EcoXpo 2013


When: Friday 19th- Sunday 21st April

Time: 10am-6pm each day

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, VIC 3032

Cost: Concession/full/family $10.50/$15.70/$25.95


This year, a portion of every ticket bought to EcoXpo 2013 via our social media platform will be donated to Beyond Zero Emissions. This means you can support BZE at the same time as checking out the latest eco-friendly products. EcoXpo 2013 will showcase some of Australia’s leading organic, natural and sustainable brands. Expo attendees will have the chance to participate in free seminars on gardening, cooking, well-being and environmental change.

As a part of the EcoXpo 2013 seminar series, ZCA Transport Plan Research Director Patrick Hearps will be giving an overview of the ZCA Stationary Energy, Buildings and Transport Plans on Saturday 20th of April, 12.30-1pm. Don’t miss out on the chance to see one of our lead researchers give you an eye into our soon to be released reports!

For more information about EcoXpo 2013, check out the website.

VIC - BZE Film Night - 'White Water, Black Gold'

After a brief hiatus, Beyond Zero Emissions film nights are back...and we're pretty excited about it!

Join us for a screening of the multi-award winning film 'White Water, Black Gold', which follows filmmaker David Lavallee on a three-year journey across Canada to document the environmental and social impacts of the world's most energy intensive oil industry: the tar sands. The industry is expanding right at a time when the world needs to be moving away from its heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

What's any of this got to do with Australia?

Well, business is booming for the oil and gas industry here as well, with the development of unconventional fossil fuel projects increasing along the eastern seaboard. Stick around after the film for some light refreshments and to hear more about this from our guest speakers from Friends of the Earth/Quit Coal...our audience may be particularly interested to hear about the doings of a company called Lakes Oil in Gippsland, backed by none other than one Mme. Rinehart.


Location: Kindness House, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065

Date and Time: April 11th, 6.00pm

Transport: Tram 112, Stop 16 (Corner of Johnston and Brunswick Street)

Price: $10


Presenter training course in April

Have you been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to get more involved with the BZE team? Do you want to spread the message of an affordable, achievable zero emissions future but haven't known where to begin? Or do you simply want an opportunity to study BZE's research in more depth? 

Well then, Beyond Zero Emissions is pleased to offer the next online training course - a unique opportunity for content-based, thorough and interactive learning and presenter training. Participating in this course is the first step for those wishing to become an accredited BZE presenter. The training is based on the award-winning Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan and the Repower Port Augusta Plan, an offshoot of this plan. 

This training course is also perfect for those who began the course at a previous date but were unable to finish the training at that time, or for those who are familiar with the Stationary Energy Plan but not the Repower Port Augusta Plan. If you are in this situation, please feel free to pick up where you left off. 

The training will involve attending three short face-to-face sessions including a rehearsal session and completing our online training course.

On Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:15pm BZE staff will be hosting a short introduction session so course participants can meet one another and become familiar with the online system.

On Tuesday, April 9th at 6:15pm BZE will host a Q&A session during which you can ask questions regarding the content and discuss methods to answer the most common questions audiences have.

On Thursday, April 18th at 6.15pm BZE staff and volunteers will be running a rehearsal session for new volunteers to test out what they have learnt. 

All sessions will be held at Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Victoria.

The course is free for baseload supporters of BZE and includes course materials (not including a printed copy of the ZCA Stationary Energy Plan which is free online or $10 hard copy).  You can sign up to become a baseload supporter here: ($25 per month/$15 consession, stop anytime).

Register your interest by emailing You can also call Vicky on 0401 087 085. 

We are looking forward to meeting a new group of people excited to spread the idea of a renewable powered Australia!

BZE in action delivering a presentation

Feb 1st - Reef Day of Action events



What: Walk through the Queens St mall and on to Federation Square, creating a living moving reef with costumes, cut-out fish and other sea creatures.

Meet: Corner of Elizabeth St and Burke street, City.

When: 9:30-10:30am Friday the 1st of February.

Organised by: Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Contact: Koel Wrigley 0412 699 151



What: Parade through Civic with costumes and signs,

When: 5:30pm Friday the 1st of February.

Organised by: Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Contact: Alex Ross



What: Rally for the Reef

When: 12noon Friday 1st February

Where: Queensland Government Executive Building, 100 George St, City.

Organised by: Greenpeace and AYCC

Contact: Louise Matthiesson

More information:



What: Beach Brekky – Show the world how much the Reef means to you!

Where: Yeppoon main beach

When: 7am – 9am Friday the 1st of February.

Organised by: Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance

Contact: 07 3103 3115



What: Community members with sea creatures and fishers with their rods

Where: Corner of Wood Street and Victoria Street

When: 12pm – 1pm Friday the 1st of February.

Organised by: Communities Protection our Region and the Mackay Recreational Fishers Association 

Contact: Jack Redpath 0457 040 483

Last Mountain screening, Greg Barber Q&A

When: Thurs 22nd November 2012
Where: Kindness House lvl 2, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Time: Film starts approx 7pm.
Cost: $8 presale, $10 on the door

BUY TICKETS HERE: Booking/ BookingEventSummary.aspx?ei d=36629 

The Last Mountain highlights a community battling for their health & conservation. Up against them is a coal company that keeps on "winning" its battle to continue coal extraction by any means possible.

The film shows the great lengths people are willing to go to protect themselves against the dirty fossil fuel status quo, and to lay the foundations for a clean energy future.

Joining us will be Greg Barber MLC, elected Green and representative for the Northern Metropolitan Region. Along with a member for the BZE team, Greg will be fielding questions on Australia's energy future and the tough political battles that will be fought over coal.

There will be some nibbles and drinks provided.
For more information about the film: http:// m/

Contact or 0400 087 380.

Sydney NSW: Movie Night - Revenge of the Electric Car

When: Wednesday 14th November 2012

Where:  Lounge Room, Holme Building, University of Sydney (click here for a map)

Time: 7.00 pm

Cost: $5

The film offers an insight into the current state of the electric car industry, revitalised and gathering momentum due to a dramatic change of heart from the lobbyists and CEO's who once fought stubbornly against the technology. The previous film followed the story of EV activists fighting those corporate lobbyists. Revenge follows the fortunes of the entrepreneurs fighting their battle within the industry.

If you're curious about EVs or a big fan, come along and watch this 90 minute documentary. Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins.

For more information about the film:

Brunswick, VIC: Climate Comedy Revue


When: Friday 9th November

Time: 8.00pm - 11.00pm

Location: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Cost: $20 full, $15 concession, $30 proactive supporter, $50 Climate Champion!

They can walk daily half marathons, abseil off buildings, plan a 100% renewable energy economy while dumpster diving from their bicycles. And they can tweet. But are climate activists funny?

Join Quit Coal, Climate Action Moreland and Beyond Zero Emissions for a night of champagne comedy for, by and about the climate movement at Brunswick Town Hall - and discover the truth!!

There'll be drinks, prizes, a special guest appearance by our favorite mining magnate, Twiggy Palmcock... and you can chuck some
coal at Ted too!

Some of the money raised will also go to directly helping people affected by climate change through Tulele Peisa, an organization of the people of the Carteret Islands who are organizing their own relocation as their islands are inundated by sea level rise.

Tickets $20 full, $15 concession, $30 proactive supporter, $50 Climate Champion!


Sydney, NSW: Health and Social Harms of Coal Mining in Local Communities: Spotlight on the Hunter

When: Monday 29 October 2012

Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Location: Medical Foundation Auditorium - The University of Sydney,
92-94 Parramatta Road Camperdown NSW 2050
See map below for directions

Cost: Free but RSVP is essential to (02) 9036 3075

Rapid expansion of the Australian coal mining sector has highlighted tensions over conflicting needs and priorities of the industry and local communities. Anecdotal reports of disease clusters and social and environmental injustices abound – notably in the Hunter Region which has the highest concentration of coal mining and combustion in Australia, all in close proximity to population centres and farmland. With a massive expansion of coal mining underway, there is an urgent need to better understand these impacts.

Against this backdrop, Beyond Zero Emissions commissioned the Health and Sustainability Unit to explore and report on the local and international evidence about the health and social impacts of coal extraction and combustion on people living in nearby communities. A panel of experts will discuss the findings of the report and their implications for health and public policy.

Professor Stephen Simpson, Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, will open proceedings. The report will be launched by Professor Ian Olver AM, CEO of the Australian Cancer Council who will join Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri, principal author of the report, Professor Linda Connor, Mr Phil Laird (community) and Dr Tiho Ancev, for a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Mark Ogge, Beyond Zero Emissions.

Ballarat VIC: BZE's People power can change Australia’s energy future

When: Thursday the 18th of October

Time: 6.00 to 7.30pm.

Location: Brewery Theatre, SMB, Lydiard st, Sth Ballarat

Cost: Gold coin donation

RSVP essential: or 5329 1730

Ultimo, NSW: NSW new volunteers information night

When: Thursday 18 October

Time: 6.30-8pm

Location: BZE NSW office, suite 2, level 1, 89 Jones St Ultimo

RSVP essential: by Tuesday 16 October to

On the night we’ll cover the basics of the Stationary Energy plan and show you how volunteering at BZE works. There will also be an opportunity to enrol in BZE’s presenter training program.

About BZE Presenter training

Trained, accredited presenters are core to Beyond Zero Emissions' work. Becoming a BZE Presenter is a fantastic opportunity to make our plans for a Zero Carbon Australia a reality by building Beyond Zero Emissions' volunteer base, growing our number of Baseload Supporters , and shifting public opinion. The training is a mix of online and face-to-face workshops. Once you have completed your training, you will work with the NSW coordinator and other volunteers to find presentation opportunities. Read more about being a BZE Presenter here.

The first step is to come to the new volunteers information night on Thursday 18 October. For more details and to RSVP please contact Bron on 0413 668 916 or by Tuesday 16 October.

People's Food Plan - join the Conversation

When: Tuesday the 9th of October

Time: 6.30 to 8.00pm.

Location: Level 2, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Cost: Free


The Federal Government has undertaken to develop a national food plan for Australia out to 2050.

The plan claims to “foster a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food.” Instead it is highly geared to promoting the interests of corporatised industrial agriculture and large scale food retail, paying lip service to sustainable alternatives. It down-plays the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change on our food system.

Beyond Zero Emissions has made a submission to the National Food Plan green paper, pointing out its weaknesses with respect to climate and proposing alternatives.

People's Food Plan conversations

Also in response to the green paper, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is coordinating the development of a People’s Food Plan.

The People’s Food Plan provides an alternative bottom-up, community-led vision for Australia’s food future, which acknowledges the destructive nature of large scale agribusiness. It seeks sustainable alternatives and re-orienting the food system so the over-riding objectives are human health and well-being, as well as dignified livelihoods for food producers and sustainable environmental outcomes.

As part of building the people’s food plan community, organisations are running People’s Food Plan conversations around Australia in the months of October and November.

Beyond Zero Emissions is involved in this process through our work on the Land Use Plan and will be hosting a People’s Food Plan Conversation at Kindness House on Tuesday the 9th of October at 6.30 till 8.00pm.

People interested in discussing these ideas are most welcome to join us in starting the conversation. The event will be facilitated by Adrian Whitehead from the BZE Land Use Team.

National Food Plan

Take a look at the National Food Plan and note closing date for submissions is September 30th 2012.