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Craig Morris Editor for Renewables International

Trailer from Craig Morris on Vimeo.

The (not completely serious) trailer for the movie "Welcome to the Energiewende," which can be viewed in its entirety here:

Craig Morris (@PPchef) is an American writer and translator in the energy sector who has been based in Germany since 1992. He is Editor for Renewables International, lead author of, director of Petite Planète, author of the book Energy Switch (2006) along with numerous articles in both English and German on energy technologies and policies.

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Andrew Longmire talks ZCA Land Use Plan


Andrew Longmire, researcher for BZE's Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) Land Use Plan, provides the latest updates on this project. The Land Use Plan is undergoing peer review and comment, and is sheduled for release towards the end of 2013.

Then Beyond Zero's Vivien and Beth talk to Walter Jehne from Healthy Soils Australia (HSA), a public not for profit company with a national outlook, and an inclusive focus to build a network of awareness about healthy soil. Walter Jehne is a former CSIRO soil scientist and is now Director at Healthy Soils Australia, working with groups of innovative farmers, and the former Governor General Michael Jeffery to make farming more profitable and more sustainable.

Arabella Forge, a Melbourne based nutritionist and author talks about her book 'Frugavore: How to grow your own, buy local, waste nothing and eat well'. Arabella believes ‘anyone can be a frugavore,’ and it’s all the little things that we do in our lives that can have the greatest impact. By simply changing our mentality of how we purchase food, dispose of waste, and grow some of our own, a lot can be achieved from our own back doorsteps.

Darren Gladman, Policy Manager The Clean Energy Council

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Darren Gladman, Policy Manager of The Clean Energy Council. The Clean Energy Council is a not-for-profit industry association representing Australia's clean energy sector.  The priority of the Clean Energy Council is to advance the development and deployment of all forms of clean energy technology.  A spectrum of 550 member companies work in areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Today's discussion focuses upon the 2014 review of the Renewable Energy Target and why The Clean Energy Council advocates the RET should be maintained, albeit with less frequent reviews.

Dr. Stefan G. Siegel of Atargis Energy Corporation

Dr. Stefan G. Siegel is President and Chief Technology Officer of Atargis Energy Corporation in Colorado, USA, a company which holds intellectual property for an innovative new wave energy technology.

Atargis Energy’s Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter (CycWEC) is an adaptation of the Voith-Schneider propeller used worldwide by tugboats. Instead of providing thrust in any direction, the CycWEC matches the incoming wave to convert the waves into electric power.
The CycWEC uses two-bladed, horizontal axis turbines deployed in deep ocean water (~100 m deep) to generate economical, clean renewable energy.

Brendan Condon

Positive moves towards a sustainable society

Brendan Condon is Managing Director and co-founder of Australian Ecosystems, an integrated company specialising in ecological land restoration. He is also Director at The Cape sustainable housing project and Biofilta Stormwater Solutions

Brendan Condon believes we have been "sitting on our hands" regarding matters relating to climate change for too long and ignoring the urgent need for a serious vision for the future. Who could argue with that? Certainly the P.M. would agree that this is an "exciting time"  but they would have amazingly different paths. Brendan has chosen to develop the means of capturing and re-using the storm water that we see flowing down our gutters carrying all the rubbish into the Bay, instead to capture the pollution by means of a plant filtering system. One of the largest of these systems of returning and re-using this water is in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne.

Another of his areas of challenge and developed expertise is the development of good design in sustainable housing (e.g. The Cape Paterson sustainable housing project). He points out that apart from environmental grounds there are marked improvements economically with the rise in the price of gas coupled with the drop in the price of solar.

Other projects of interest include the development of vertical and horizontal gardens useful for city dwellers for urban food production, community gardens, autonomous electric vehicles (probable in the next decade), when one can read a book on the way to work!

All this should be of interest to anyone planning a home, living in the city or merely caring about the importance of food and water and waste management for the present and the future.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, The Melbourne Energy Institute

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor at The Melbourne Energy Institute.

Today's discussion focuses upon pumped hydro energy storage.  This technology exists in Australia at three locations built several decades ago, however other countries are leading a renaissance of pumped hydro energy storage.  The deployment of pumped hydro exceeds that of any other energy storage in use today by a ratio of at least twenty to one.  This is because pumped hydro remains the cheapest form of large scale energy storage.  Recent research released by The Melbourne Energy Institute and Arup explains pumped hydro can benefit electricity consumers by dampening price spikes during peak demand periods however this would not benefit profit maximising electricity producers who currently profit from this market failure.

Ian McLeod - CEO Ergon Energy

Ian McLeod is the CEO of Ergon Energy in Queensland, Director of the Energy Supply Association and formerly on the state electricity commission of Victoria.

Ergon Energy is an electricity retailer to homes and businesses in regional Queensland.  Who are responsible for maintaining and expanding the regional Queensland electricity network.

Today in this extended interview Matt Grantham and Anthony Daniele discuss the infrastructure costs associated with running one of the most dispersed grids in the developed world and how roof top solar and battery storage is being increasing used as a way of reducing costs for Qld tax payers. We also discuss the need and likely success of a recent attempt to get a new coal fired power station established in Townsville.

Matt Grantham has written a series of articles in Climate Spectator on this topic.

Queensland flirts with a capacity catastrophe

The alternative options for North Queensland baseload

Jason Perkins, CEO of Tractile Solar, Australian innovator of BIPV-T roof tiles

Beyond Zero's Matthew Wright and Anthony Daniele speak to Jason Perkins, CEO of Tractile Solar, an innovative Australian company, based on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Tractile Solar is the world’s first Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal (BIPV-T) roof tile. It creates both electricity and hot water from a single unit.

Tractile Solar BIPV-T technology fits their Tractile Interlocking Roof System, as well as allowing retrofitting by applying to existing concrete roofs.

The company secured a highly competitive $236,000 Proof Of Concept (POC) grant from Commercialisation Australia in 2011. The funds are being used to prove the concept that the Tractile products can be manufactured to meet Australian Standards for roofing and within a marketable price band.

Ergon Energy has funded the manufacturing and installation of two 1.5KW systems and the evaluation project has run for a period of 12 months. One installation site is at the Bond University campus, a 6-Star Green Star Education PILOT Certified Rating for design, installed in 2011. The other Tractile Solar test site has been installed as part of the Townsville City Council Rowes Bay depot.

The product will be launched internationally at Intersolar, Munich, in June 2012.

Renewable Energy Superpower

This show was broadcast on Mon 11th April 2016

China's State Grid Chairman says "The only hurdle to overcome is 'mindset'. There is no technical challenge at all."

Live recording from the Renewable Energy Superpower launch in Sydney.

The speakers will be:

Gerard Drew - Research Director, Beyond Zero Emissions
Tim Buckley - Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis,
Emma Herd - CEO of Investor Group on Climate Change,
Dr Mehreen Faruqi - Greens NSW MP
The Hon Mark Butler MP - Shadow Minister for the Environment

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IEEFA conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy and to reduce dependence on coal and other non-renewable energy resources.

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Dr Muriel Watt - Australian PV Institute

Today Matt Grantham and Anthony Daniele discuss the latest developments and reducing prices of Solar PV technology in Australia with Dr Muriel Watt, Chair of the Australian PV Institute (APVI).

The Institute comprises companies, agencies, individuals and academics with an interest in solar energy research, technology, manufacturing, systems, policies, programs and projects.

The APVI's work is intended to be apolitical and of use not only to its members but also to the general community. The focus is on data analysis, independent and balanced information, and collaborative research, both nationally and internationally.

In today's interview, Dr Watt talks about how the cost of a 5kW system has dropped from $60,000 in 2008 to the price today of $8,500 and will continue to reduce over time.

Santiago Arias, Technical Director at Gemasolar, supplying 24 hour solar power

Santiago Arias is Technical Director of Operation and Maintenance at Torresol Energy's Gemasolar concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plant in Seville, Spain. The 20MW Gemasolar plant with molten salt storage has been in commercial operation since May 2011 and supplies 24 hour solar power to about 27,500 Spanish households every year.

Gemasolar is the first commercial concentrated solar power plant with central tower receiver and molten salt storage technology. The plant has produced over 100 million kWh in over one year of operation. Its record is 404MWh in a 24 hour period.

Santiago explains how Gemasolar has improved over the year and measures its contribution to the Spanish electricity grid. With a 15 hour buffer in the molten salt storage technology, Gemasolar provides predictable, reliable power generation. As the operation of the steam turbine to generate the electricity is independent of weather conditions, CSP with storage has advantages over other renewable technologies such as wind and solar PV (which are continuing to realise rapid cost reductions).

Tristan Edis, Editor of Climate Spectator

Tristan Edis is Editor of Climate Spectator, a website that covers the politics of climate change, and the key business parameters: the massive flows of investment expected in coming years and decades, the changing business models, the new technology, and the creation of new markets and investment propositions. The primary focus is on Australia but Climate Spectator also covers international developments of importance.

Tristan took up this position at Climate Spectator in February 2012. He has spent over ten years working with business and government in climate change and energy issues. Previously he was a research fellow at the Grattan Institutes's Energy Research Group. He has also held positioins at the Clean Energy Council, Ernst and Young Project Finance Advisory Group, and in government (with the Department of Climate change, formerly Australian Greenhouse Office).

Tristan joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to discuss recent topics such as the carbon price, solar PV feed-in tariffs, MRET, media, politics and other climate support policies.

Nigel Morris - The Rise & Rise of Solar Power in Australia

In today's Community Show Podcast (broadcast on Mon 12 May 2014), we feature an edited version of a recent BZE Discussion Group presentation by Australia's foremost solar industry expert, Nigel Morris.

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Drew Hutton - Lock the Gate

Drew Hutton is the President of Lock the Gate Alliance, Spokesperson for Friends of the Earth (Aust) and Australian Environmentalist of the Year 2013. We talk to him about the lastest news and research on fugitive emissions from Coal seam Gas (CSG) and about his talks at the Sustainable Living Festival 2014.

The Lock the Gate Alliance is a national grassroots organisation made up of thousands of individuals and over 160 local groups who are concerned about inappropriate mining.

The mission of the Lock the Gate Alliance is to protect Australia’s natural, environmental, cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining and to educate and empower all Australians to demand sustainable solutions to food and energy production.

Aidan Ricketts, Cam Walker and Andrew Bray talk about activism



Welcome to the only radio hour in Australia devoted exclusively to Climate change solutions BZE Radio. Tonight Melissa Crotty and Matt Grantham will speak with activists campaigning to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, specifically the destructive and polluting Coal Seam Gas Industry and the transition to 100% percent renewables here in the Australia.

Aidan Ricketts, university lecturer and activism trainer talks about his new book The Activists Handbook: A Step By Step Guide to Participatory Democracy, and his involvement in the campaign against coal seam gas mining in Northern NSW. For more info go to

Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth Climate Justice Campaigner speaks about the campaign against
Coal Seam Gas in rural Victoria and the surprising discoveries along the campaign trail. To sign onto their petition to place a moratorium on coal seam gas go to or

Andrew Bray, Communication Coordinator for the grassroots campaign 100 percent renewable energy, discusses their campaign to get our political parties behind a solar future for Australia. You can find out more and sign onto their petition at

Matthew Wright, former Executive Director, Beyond Zero Emissions

In this three part discussion, Vivien Langford speaks with Matthew Wright, former Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions.

Their first conversation focuses on coal seam gas mining and its environmental impacts.

In the second conversation, Vivien and Matthew explore the advantages of the feed in tariff.

The focus of the third conversation is the success of wind power in Denmark, and the potential of wind to power Australia into the future.

Drew Hutton, Fiona Simson, Sharyn Munro and Craig Shaw

Beyond zero Emissions Radio- The only full hour of climate change solutions brings you: COUNTRY AND CITY, UNITED WE STAND. PROTECT OUR COUNTRY PROTECT OUR LAND

Join us as we revisit the May1st Rally in Sydney of country and city people against coal and gas mining. This is something unprecedented. Country women’s association members, who have never protested in the city before, come to tell us that the issue of fossil fuel mining ravishing the food bowl is “more that tea and scones”. This issue is “bigger than politics. It’s a whole community issue”.

We interview Drew Hutton from “Lock the gate alliance”,Fiona Simson President of the NSW farmers’ Association, Sharyn Munro author of “Rich Land- Waste land” and Craig Shaw from the Bylong Valley Protection association”. With climate change solutions in mind, listen in and please pass on this invitation to your friends next Monday.

Prof Kate Auty: Environment IS us

Professor Kate Auty, new Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on Arts/Law, Environmental Science and Aboriginal Affairs. She enumerates similarities between these main areas. "Environment IS us" and climate change is pivotal to everything including water, transport, energy, bio-diversity etc. But leadership (seriously lacking) is important, not that of Napthine for example, who used the term "climate variability" which insinuates that climate change is a natural phenomenon that will right itself.  There is need for leadership such as demonstrated by Cathy McGowan in Indi who has shown a welcome propensity to listening and communicating, and one is reminded of the present Labor initiative such as the old-fashioned town hall meetings etc.

Kate tells us, our present ecological footprint is "outrageous" and 3 times the world average. We need more worlds! (Having a timley interview with the BZE radio team) the 22nd of April is also date for ratifying Paris agreements and Greg Hunt is participating (this accompanied by cynical laughter in the background by BZE interviewers present). 

Despite all this Kate says people should not despair, that BZE is a "standout organisation" and she enumerated some positive grassroots initiatives. We must look to the future with a new approach. One is reminded of Tim Flannery's comment that stress needs to be put now on adaptation rather than on mitigation.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

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Dangers of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas

Beyond Zero Emissions speaks about the dangers of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas, fugitive emissions and related issues associated with the industry.

BZE has called for an independent study of fugitive emissions from coal seam gas due to ”massive unaccounted-for liabilities.”

BZE’s figures suggest that a typical coal seam gas well producing a terajoule a day of methane, and giving off one per cent fugitive emissions, would incur a carbon tax liability of $31,700 a year at the current rate of $23 a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent. A well that leaked four per cent would be liable to pay $126,800 a year due to the carbon tax.

Dr Scott Watkins, CSIRO

Dr Scott Watkins is Stream Leader, Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs) at CSIRO. CSIRO is a key member of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) which includes researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and industry partners Securency, BlueScope Steel, Innovia Films and Robert Bosch SEA.

VICOSC draws together the resources of Australia's leading research institutions and companies to develop technologies to enable the production of low-cost, printable, organic solar cells.

Dr Scott Watkins talks about the efficiencies and cost reductions promised by next generation OPV technology compared to conventional silicon PV and how it's being driven by OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology in everyday applicances like TV's and lighting.

Campaigning for wind and against coal


Ben Courtice Campaign Manager for Friends of the Earth Melbourne will tell us about how to put in a submission to the NSW government before March 14th. Don’t let the rich anti –wind lobby put in all the submissions. Fight for a renewable future.

John Kaye NSW Greens MP will talk about his private members bill and its relevance to wind farming in NSW. Sounds dry? Let John win you over with his enthusiasm for a clean energy future.

Neil Erenstrom works in the Solar industry but sees the need to stop investing in new coal mines and coal fired power stations. QUIT COAL is campaigning at Bacchus Marsh and Anglesea. Neil tells us about the tide of community support and what listeners can do to get on board. He’ll report on the launch of 100% Renewables BIG SOLAR campaign and his experience in that industry.

Financial & legal

Dr Damien LockieStefan Caddy-RetalicJoshua Sheppard
In today's BZE Community show podcast, Vivien Langford covers the financial and legal levers that will make coal, oil and gas reserves unburnable.

Dr Damien Lockie is the author of Clean Energy Law in Australia (LexisNexis, 2012). Damien is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University, and the Director of Clean Energy Research in the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy. His current teaching portfolio includes Climate Change Law, Clean Energy Law, Environmental Legal Issues and International Environmental Law.

He has previously taught at the University of Melbourne as a Visiting Fellow in the post-graduate taxation program, and he was formerly a member of the Tax Advisory Board for the MLM. From time to time he is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand.

Stefan Caddy-Retalic, Transect Ecologist at University of Adelaide, talks about his recent article:

Will the climate debate end up being fought in court?

Joshua Sheppard is the Global Universities Index Project Manager at the Asset Owners Disclosure Project. This spin-off of the AODP rates and ranks over 300 universities worldwide on the management of the financial risks of climate change. This new initiative takes the ground-breaking approach of the AODP and implements it in a more visible, high profile industry which is currently under siege by divestment campaigners worldwide. Joshua also manages the AODP’s ‘Vital Few’ beneficiary campaign which allows pension fund members to ask their funds about how climate change risks are being managed in their retirement savings.

Jeff Renaud, Director of EnerNOC, the world's largest demand response provider, pays businesses to use less power

Jeff Renaud is Director of the Australia & New Zealand division of EnerNOC, which helps commercial, institutional, and industrial organisations use energy more intelligently, pay less for it and generate cash flow that benefits their bottom line.

EnerNOC, which stands for Energy Network Operations Center, was founded in 2001 in Boston MA, U.S. and now has offices in Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ. It is the world's largest demand response provider. EnerNOC offers energy management solutions such as energy efficiency, reducing real-time demand for electricity, demand response programs, energy price risk management , load research, technology demonstrations, measurement, evaluation and enterprise carbon management, with the aim to improve energy supply transparency in competitive markets and mitigate emissions.

Enernoc pays businesses, to use less power when the electricity grid is under stress, and the power supplier in turn pays Enernoc for delivering the service. Most of Enernoc's Australian operations are in WA, where it deals with five large mining companies, as well as the agricultural sector, where they found a financial incentive to shut down mines for certain times during the year [Source: ]

Australian solar PV module manufacturer Tindo Solar leads the way in micro inverter technology

Adrian Ferraretto is the Managing Director of Tindo Solar, an Australian solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer based in Adelaide (and as at Jan 2012, Australia's one and only PV manufacturer). Each Tindo Karra-240 module has a micro inverter directly mounted on the back of the frame, outputing 240V AC. This negates the need for the standard central string inverter and means each module will not be affected by any other module in the system.

Jesse Yu, Director International Business Development at Cogenra Solar


Jesse Yu is Director International Business Development at Cogenra Solar, a Californian start-up supported by Vinod Khosla (, commercialising solar congeneration technology. These are combined solar photovoltaic (PV) and thermal modules which optimise the power of the sun by creating both electricity and hot water.

Cogenra Solar’s renewable energy solution delivers the highest internal rate of return (for system purchases) and delivers 5 times the energy and 2 times the economic value of photovoltaic (PV) systems of the same electrical output by producing 4 units of additional heat energy for every single unit of electricity.

Jesse has spent a lot of time in Australia talking with potential commercial clients, where the conditions are favourable for Cogenra's technology - sunny weather, high electricity prices and the soon to implemented national carbon tax.

Cogenra have also recently completed their first solar cooling installation at a site in California.

Jen Dollin - Bobby Banerjee - Richard Bawden - David Ellsworth


Beyond zero Emissions Radio- The only full hour of climate change solutions brings you voices from the UNIVERSITY of WESTERN SYDNEY

Monday 21st May at 5pm on Radio 3CR (855AM Band) and streaming live at t

BZE Radio goes to The University of Western Sydney which is leading the way in sustainability education . UWS embodies the idea that people act their way into new ways of thinking rather than think their way into new ways of acting.

Jen Dollin is the Sustainability co-ordinator at the University of Western Sydney. They want the area of Greater Western Sydney to be a living laboratory of environmental economic and social sustainability. Their courses are dynamic, embodying the Chinese proverb “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”. Jen will tell us how the U.N University has empowered them to mobilise the region and how they are embedding sustainability into everything.

Professor Bobby Banerjee UWS School of Business teaches PhD students. Vivien Langford will ask him about his book ”Corporate Social Responsibility. The good the bad and the ugly”. Can we expect corporations to be effective agents for social change?

What legislation is needed to stop corporations destroying the environment in the era of climate change? How can the resources of corporations be harnessed top tackle global poverty and the degradation of our environment?

Emeritus Professor Richard Bawden talks to Vivien Langford about Agriculture and experiential learning. He is concerned that most courses don’t lead to intellectual and moral development.”Like idiots we do the same thing and expect different outcomes”. He talks about his long life as a teacher getting students to appreciate other people’s world view. Listen in because this is an era when the climate challenge is going to test our capacity to feed the world as never
before. He was awarded with the order of Australia in recognition of his national and international work in systemic development.

Professor David Ellsworth is a real climate scientist. He tells Vivien Langford how his experiments have taken him to the future and what it will be like if we go on emitting greenhouse gasses. He is recognized as a “highly cited” researcher in the field of ecology and environmental science with a particular focus on the response of forests to climate change.

Women of Africa

Tonight we look at the faces of climate change in Africa. The green Belt Movement, facing famine and adapting to capricious weather.

Interviews are with:
     · Ndungi Wamungai, a tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner, the late Wangari Maathai.

     · Kelly Dent of Oxfam projects.

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     · Rosaline Presence (Project Co-ordinator), Gertruida Baartman (Chair of Agro-Dynamic Co-OP) and Collette Soloman (Deputy Director) from the Women on Farms Project from South Africa from The Women on Farms project in South Africa

     · Dr Clara Van Gulik from Medecins sans frontier who has been on seven missions in Africa.

Medecins sans frontiers

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