Plans by Beyond Zero Emissions
Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is a think tank focussed on climate change solutions. BZE has produced plans for rapidly moving Australia to zero carbon emissions.
The detailed plans cover each major emitting sector of the Australian economy.
Contents of this page with links:
- Energy Sector: Key Reports
- Industry Sector
- Land Use Sector
- Transport Sector
- Buildings Sector
- Energy Sector: Other Reports
The documents are all free to download, bar one. The plans are available. The technology is ready. We need politicians to recognise the urgency of the problem and begin effective urgent action.
Energy Sector – Key Publications
Australia can become a renewable energy
super power (2015)
This is a fantastic opportunity. Australia can grasp it by responding fully and rapidly to the climate emergency. If we act now, we can have lower electricity prices, reliable electricity, reduced emissions, more jobs, and a more prosperous and secure future. We can: take advantage of our exceptional renewable energy resources … See more on this site.
See the BZE Site: Renewable Energy Superpower page.
Australia can put all the BZE plans into action to generate niche businesses that can thrive in a zero carbon world.
This is a 2012 blueprint for replacing two coal power stations in Port Augusta with renewable energy.
The BZE research and advocacy has had remarkable success. In 2012, the South Australian government held an inquiry into the BZE proposal and in 2017 the government signed a contract for a $650 million Port Augusta solar thermal plant.
This 2010 plan was the first detailed and costed plan for Australia rapidly transitioning to renewable electricity. The plan was for solar thermal and wind generators, geographically dispersed around an improved national grid.
A reworked plan today would have to consider the dramatic falls in the costs of wind generation, solar generation and battery storage.
Industry Sector Publications
Rethinking Cement is a research report presenting a pathway to zero carbon cement in Australia. Cement production is the biggest industrial producer of emissions, causing 8% of global carbon emissions – more than the global car fleet.
Industry can benefit from replacing fossil fuels with renewable electricity and eliminate up to 8% of Australian emissions. Electricity has advantages. It:
- Can be used for high or low temperatures
- Can double the efficiently of many industrial processes
- Is quicker
- Is more controllable
- Is less
Land Use Sector Publication
Emissions from land use in Australia are the largest source of Australian emissions of greenhouse gases. They are even greater than emissions from generating electricity. We could significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by changes to land use:
- Reduce land clearance
- Re-vegetate some grazing and cropping land
- Reduce cattle and sheep numbers to cut methane emissions
- Reduce the land area dedicated to producing feed for the cattle and sheep
- Increase the draw-down of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, e.g. tree planting
- Increase the carbon stored in our soils, e.g. adding biochar to our soils
Transport Sector Publications
Australia can move to electric vehicles, powered entirely by renewable electricity, in a decade. It is feasible and affordable, providing environmental, health and economic benefits. A shift to 100 per cent electric vehicles would eliminate at least six per cent of Australia’s greenhouse emissions.
Another benefit would be that Australia would avoid the cost and security risk of importing fossil fuel for transport.
Australia could have a high-speed railway on the Australian east coast within a decade. These trains would:
- Link Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane
- with 21 stations linking 18 cities and towns,
- Run at up to 350 km per hour
- Have 60% of Australians living within 50 km of a station
- Offer travel without carbon emissions
- Attract 65% of the people
travellingfrom Melbourne to Sydney (Report, p 29)
- Take less than three hours to travel from Sydney to Melbourne
- Cost $84 billion (Report,
Buildings Sector Publications
There are no technical barriers to achieving zero emissions from Australia’s buildings within a decade. The plan would transform Australian buildings to:
- Increase their efficiency,
- Reduce energy bills,
- Generate renewable energy in many buildings,
- Replace gas appliances with electric appliances to end the use of gas.
- Increase health and comfort, and
- Increase workplace productivity.
A practical guidebook for renovators & builders. Be comfortable, healthy and independent in an energy efficient home powered by renewable energy. You could wipe out your home energy bills by moving through the nine steps in the guidebook:
- Replacing old lights with LEDs
- Stopping draughts
- Improving insulation
- Upgrading windows
- Using energy-efficient appliances
- Installing reverse-cycle air-conditioning
- Using solar or heat-pump systems for water heating
- Monitoring and controlling energy use, and
- Using solar panels.
Community Sector Publications
Here is a guide for communities who want rapid progress towards zero emissions in their local community. It is based on BZE experience: working with several communities and the extensive Zero Carbon Australia research.
This review provides a comprehensive assessment of the actions Australian councils and communities are taking to tackle climate change, along with the barriers and challenges they face. The nationwide review found many local councils have corporate and community targets as well as strategies to reduce emissions.
Energy Sector – Other Publications
“Carbon Crisis Report: The Systemic Risk of Carbon Emission Liabilities.” Australia has a 50% chance of systemic economic crisis, caused by ignoring the global shift to clean energy. Australia’s industry and exports are emissions-intensive. This intensity is a growing economic liability, as the international community strengthens its efforts to limit climate change.
A Fossil Economy in a Changing World: The world is shifting away from fossil fuels – and this includes key importers of Australia’s coal and gas. Australian government policies ignore this, leaving us dependent on continued fossil fuel exports, at risk of: stranded investments, dropping export revenue, and a growing current account deficit.
Fossil fuel companies have
Are you sick of hearing: Australia is only a small part of the climate problem! We shouldn’t act before the rest of the world! Our actions won’t make a difference, anyway! The Laggard to Leader report challenges these excuses: It exposes the true extent of Australia’s contribution to the climate problem and demonstrates our potential to lead the world.