High Speed Rail - all aboard for Brisbane!

High Speed Rail & Electric Cars

Beyond Zero's Vivien and Jane talk to Brad Shultz, organiser of the Brisbane launch for the ZCA High Speed Rail report. Speakers at the launch will discuss the technical, economic and social issues relating to high speed rail in Australia. Speakers included Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters

High Speed Rail launching soon

With BZE's High Speed Rail Report launching soon, we recap a popular program featuring interviews with BZE research director Gerard Drew, Gen Okajima

Fly by rail: 5 reasons fast trains have an Aussie future

By Stephen Bygrave, Climate Spectator

What goes up must come down. At least in the case of airplanes, that's true. But as airplanes keep going up, so do greenhouse gas emissions – these emissions stay in the atmosphere and do not come down.

High speed rail, on the other hand, is on the up and up, and can run without contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Europe has had high speed rail since the 1960s. China, Japan and Korea all have high speed rail. India has this year announced it is investigating the feasibility of building high speed rail.

Click to book your free seat at the Melbourne launch on April 9

Australian governments have for over 30 years toyed with the idea of building a high-speed rail line on the east coast, and there are finally moves underway to set aside the corridor in which a system could be built. This follows the previous federal government’s $20 million high speed rail implementation study which found a significant economic benefit to Australia returning $2.30 for every $1 invested.

Think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions has just completed a two-year study into HSR in Australia which shows that rail can not only dramatically reduce transport emissions, but also be built for $30 billion less than the most recent government study.

UNSW Sunswift solar car takes line honours

Alexander To is Business Team Manager and Engineer on the Sunswift project - Australia’s premier solar car racing team from Sydney’s University of New South Wales (UNSW). On 11 October 2013, Sunswift's latest solar car, eVe, clinched line honours, arriving first in the 2013 World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide. 

Graphs: Can high-speed rail cut air travel emissions?


Australia’s domestic air travel (and its associated greenhouse emissions) has grown markedly – especially in the last 10 years, as this graph illustrates.

Air travel (passenger km) data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics

We have calculated emissions using the short-haul average emissions per passenger-kilometre as used by the UK government. This takes into account radiative forcing effects of combustion at altitude, nearly doubling the climate impact of the emissions compared to Australian government estimates.

High Speed Rail and Australia's first Earthship

Vivien talks to Duuvey Jester who built Australia's first Earthship near Bundaberg.Then, Cameron Rosen, Builder of Daphna Tull Sustainable House design in Sydney.

We hear from Patrick Hearps, research director of the Zero Carbon Australia Transport Plan about BZE's plan for High Speed Rail (HSR) for Australia. Then Tim Colebatch, on his article on 'Getting Delhi Metro Project up in record time'.

Energy Storage Recap

Join Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele and the ATA's (Alternative Technology Association) Energy consultant Craig Memery for the Energy Storage Recap. The program covers energy storage in the form of compressed air, lithium ion batteries, zinc-bromide flow batteries and energy management software.

Pooran Desai OBE, BioRegional & BedZED eco-village

Pooran Desai OBE is Co-founder of BioRegional and International Director of One Planet Communities, not-for-profit organisations creating an initiative of practical projects and partnerships that demonstrate how we can live within our fair share of the earth’s resources.

Pooran Desai and Sue Riddlestone also created BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Development), the UK’s first and best-known large-scale mixed use sustainable community, with 100 homes, office space for around 100 workers and community facilities, which was completed in 2002 (in South London).

David Feng talks High Speed Rail (HSR) in China


David Feng is an academic, blogger, radio personality and a train buff who has clocked in more than 45,000 kilometers to around 20 Chinese provinces in the past four years.

As of August 2012, China had laid 12,000 kilometers of High Speed Rail (HSR) track, investing billions of yuan in a state of the art train network. Most of these trains have a top speed of 350km/h. Chinese authorities aim to build more than 13,000 kilometers of HSR lines by end of 2012 and 16,000 kilometers by 2020.

Like David, many people are replacing air travel with the convenience of HSR trips. David joins Beyond Zero's Matthew and Anthony to tell us why China's successful HSR network is now the largest in the world.

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