Zero Carbon Australia Plans Pave the Way to real INDC and COP Ambition

DECEMBER 10 , Beyond Zero Emissions

Plans Pave the Way to INDC and COP ambition via Zero Emissions and 100% Renewable Energy

(PARIS) Today 10 high profile climate solution leaders from around the world will convene for the first of what is to become a new global network of zero emissions practitioner forums.

 Among them is the Australian NGO Beyond Zero Emissions, attending the scenarios  forum on the strength of its Zero Carbon Australia project.

 The ZCA project stands out from many other low or zero carbon plans because it provides a blueprint for how energy as well as every other sector in Australia can transition to zero emissions within 10 years.

Dr Stephen Bygrave CEO explains: “The Zero Carbon Australia project has been running as a research and planning project for 8 years in collaboration with several leading universities in Australia.

“So the reports in the series are high-quality, independent, detailed plans for low carbon energy1, but also low carbon buildings2, transport3, land use4 and exports5.

“The Zero Carbon Australia project outcome is significant - we now know a transition to zero emissions is possible and affordable in every sector within 10 years. We are communicating this to government and business and also with international collaborators such as the organisers of this event today.

Beyond Zero Emissions is also the technical partner in the Byron Shire Council project Zero Emissions Byron. Dr Bygrave said that in Zero Emissions Byron the community drives a work plan adapting the Zero Carbon Austalia plans to the region across all sectors in a 10 year timeframe.

1. Stationary Energy Plan 2010 (8.09Mb download) 

2. Buildings Plan 2013 (32Mb download)

3. High Speed Rail report  2014 (13.8Mb download - Part 1 of Transport Plan, Part 2 Electric Vehicle Plan launches in Feb 2016)

4. Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry 2014 (16Mb download)

5. Renewable Energy Superpower 2015 (3Mb download)

Zero Carbon Communities
Zero Carbon Australia Overview (300kb)

Australian Participant : Stephen Bygrave

CEO, Beyond Zero Emissions


Byron Shire Council Contact Cr. Simon Richardson

Mayor, Byron Shire Council
0427 076 834

Australian Media Jodie Green
0450 520 303
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About Dr. Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions                                      

Steve is Adjunct Professor  Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Visiting Fellow -Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; and Associate - Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne University.

He has worked on climate change for 20 years, across renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, agriculture and forestry.

He worked on the mandatory renewable energy target in the late 1990s and on international climate change issues at the OECD between 2002-04.

Most recently he worked as a senior executive setting up the Clean Energy Regulator.

His PhD, funded by Greenpeace in the mid 1990s, was on village scale renewable energy projects in the Pacific Islands.  

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Beyond Zero Emissions was 2014 Winner NGO Category Green Lifestyle Awards

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.

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.

BZE's Zero Carbon Communities initiative is currently developing regional and council 10year zero emissions blueprints based on the entire ZCA series.