Monthly Discussion Group

The monthly BZE Discussion Group is an opportunity to hear from and question experts leading climate change solutions. Topics vary from renewable energy techincal innovations to social and political action. The event is generally held on the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm at the University of Melbourne.

6:30pm Monday 7 March 2011 - Adam Bandt MP on renewable energy policy and politics

The ZCA2020 Stationary Energy Plan shows that 100% renewables can be a reality in 10 years. We need all levels of government on board to implement a mass rollout of baseload solar thermal power stations and wind farms.

For the next discussion group, Adam Bandt (Federal MP for Melbourne) will outline the Greens' renewable energy plan and their campaign for urgent action on climate change. Adam is a barrister and in August 2010, became the first lower house Greens MP elected to Parliament in a general election. He will also talk about his public transport vision for Melbourne - more trains, bikes and electric cars.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 7 March 2011

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

6:30pm Monday 7 February 2011 - Flood crisis and climate change

Slides from David Spratt's presentation are available here.

In February, we're connecting up the dots between the floods in Queensland, Victoria, Brazil, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan AND climate change. Co-author of Climate Code Red, David Spratt, will sumarise opinions in the media and examine the links between climate change and increasing extreme weather events. David is also an experienced advocate and will talk about the action we can take to tackle the climate emergency.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 7 February 2011

Location: The Wood Theatre,
ECONOMICS & COMMERCE (Building 148) Room:G09 ground floor. Enter building by main foyer (opposite Old Arts). Theatre entrance is off the foyer and is clearly sign posted.

University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC

6:30pm Monday 6 December - Heinz Dahl presenting offshore wind energy for Australia

On 6 December, Heinz L Dahl will speak about offshore wind energy and its prospects for Australia. Heinz is the managing director of NexTgen Wind, a leading edge company that is focused on the cost reduction of renewable energy from wind - both on & off shore. The company is currently under going registrations of six international patents. Heinz has previously held executive positions at Acciona Energy and the Australian Trade Commission.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 6 December 2010

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

6:30pm Monday 8 November SolarPACES, solar thermal storage, wind power, fast trains & more report back from BZE's trip to Europe


Next month, BZE's own Matthew Wright and Patrick Hearps will give us an insight into solar thermal storage, wind power, fast trains and more from their recent trip to Europe.

Come along to see what Australia could be like in 2020! Matthew and Patrick will present videos, photos and there will of course be plenty of time for your questions!

6:30pm Monday 4 October Discussion Group 'The Future Makers'

Maryella Hatfield is a lecturer in the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. Her documentary The Future Makers tells the story of key Australians leading the way on the world stage in renewable energy, particularly Solar Thermal projects.

It also focuses on cutting edge Photovoltaics research in Australia, with reference to Zhengrong Shi's massive SunTech PV business in China and his continuing connections with UNSW researchers. The documentary was funded by The NSW Film and Television Office and the Discovery Channel.

This month's discussion group will begin with a full screening of The Future Makers. Producer & director, Maryella Hatfield, will join us via Skype to answer questions afterwards.

Clive Hamilton heeds geoengineering in the climate change debate

A big thank you to The Office for Environmental Programs (OEP) at the University of Melbourne for supporting us in bringing you this event.

As of 1st September 2010, this event has been FULLY BOOKED. Sorry to those that have missed out. Video/audio recording of the event will be made available for download soon after the event.

The dirty politics around climate change

Professor Clive Hamilton is a well known Australian author and public intellectual who ran as the Greens candidate in the by-election for the federal seat of Higgins in December 2009.

Monday 2nd August Dr Alex Wonhas, Director Energy Transformed Flagship CSIRO

Dr Alex Wonhas, Director, Energy Transformed Flagship CSIRO.

Dr Alex Wonhas joined CSIRO directly from McKinsey & Company where he was one of the co-authors of McKinsey’s Carbon Abatement Cost Curve for Australia. He took up the role as CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship Director in August 2009. The Flagship aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by providing sustainable, efficient, cost-effective energy solutions. Dr Wonhas will present an overview of his work including:

ZCA Stationary Energy plan launch - Wed 14 July 6pm University of Melbourne

Melbourne launch of the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan. This cutting-edge plan, the culmination of over 12 months and thousands of hours of pro bono work by engineers, scientists and postgraduate students, is a collaboration between the climate solutions think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, and the University of Melbourne Energy Institute.

The Climate Change Act in Scotland with Sally Moxham 6:30pm Monday 7th June

The Climate Change Act in Scotland - what are the lessons for Victoria?

Event location: 2nd Floor, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Time: 6.30 - 8 pm, Monday 7th June 2010

A discussion with Sally Moxham, who has long worked in the sustainability field, and who has just spent a year heading up the Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Policy Unit in the Scottish Government. While in Scotland she worked on the Scottish Climate Change Act - which sets out greenhouse emissions reduction targets of 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  Sally will speak about her experiences, namely her work on the Scottish Government's ambition on energy efficiency and microgeneration front as they relate to the built environment.

Hans-Josef Fell redefines climate protection to what is scientifically necessary!

Hans-Josef Fell, architect of the German feed-in tariff, addressed an inspired audience at Melbourne University last night (3 May 2010). He proposed to,

"redefine climate protection measures and to reset climate protection targets to accord with what is scientifically necessary.
In essence this means organising business in such a way that successful economic activity and climate protection are not mutually exclusive..."

Presentation and policy information is now available for download.

Many thanks to the Office of Environmental Programs (OEP) at the University of Melbourne for supporting us in bringing you this presentation.

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