BZE Podcasts

Beyond Zero Emissions produces two podcasts that are recorded and broadcast weekly on 3CR radio in Melbourne.
The Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on activism and campaigning recorded live every Monday at 5pm.
The Technology Show is a half hour podcast aimed at highlighting the latest renewable energy tech and solutions and is recorded every Friday Morning at 8:30 am and syndicated around Australia on the community radio network.
There is an extensive catalog of shows available spanning the last 5 years. Where possible we have tagged them so you can find and explore the content you are looking for.
We would also like to thank both you the listener and 3CR radio for your ongoing support as we continue to communicate both the challenges and solutions associated with ensuring a sustainable energy supply and a safe climate.
Please feel free to explore the full list of our shows below and if you have any questions or feedback then get in contact with us at
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Dr Aaswath Raman

Dr Aaswath Raman of Standford University is cofounder of a startup called SkyCool Systems. They are one of several groups commercializing an energy-efficient cooling approach that takes advantage of the coldness of space, based on relatively recent advances in the ability to manipulate light at the nanoscale.

Miriam Lyons

Miriam Lyons is Senior Campaigner - Renewable Energy at GetUp! She is co-author (with Nicky Ison) of the new report by GetUp! and Solar Citizens called "Homegrown Power Plan", which shows how we can repower Australia's homes and businesses with 100% renewable power by 2030. 

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn is Executive Director of the Future Business Council which represents innovative, sustainable and resilient businesses that will define our future economy.

Tom is an experienced communicator and strategist who understands the challenges facing Australia’s economy this century. He works to unlock the opportunities presented by the trends reshaping the world and enabling future focused business to prosper.

The Hottest Year, the Hottest Fight

This show was broadcast on Mon 23rd May 2016
"Climate Change is just about the most unjust thing humans have been able to figure out who to do." – Bill McKibben, Hobart April 17, 2016 in association with "The Guardian Live", presents Bill McKibben as he talks about the reality of global warming and what it means to have just come out of the hottest year on record.

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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)

Building a Resilient Community - celebrating the wins

This show was broadcast on Mon 16th May 2016

'Beyond Coal and Gas Conference' Part 2

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New alliances unite people against coal and gas. We hear about the challenges facing those who know there is no carbon budget it has to all stay in the ground.

John Hepburn - The Sunrise Project
Gadrian Hoosan - Booroloola Campaign against CSG in the Gulf Country
Leigh Ewbank - Friends of the Earth "Yes to renewables" Campaign
Wendy Farmer - Voices of the Valley - Repairing the damage of Morwell mine fires
Drew Hutton - Lock the Gate Alliance on mine rehabilitation

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Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave on "Empowering Local Communities" 

BZE radio's Laura, Kay and Michael talked to Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions, who described Australia as a "solar paradise" and rated as third globally on the availability of renewable resources but of course rated most extreme when it comes to emissions per capita. Yet as Stephen says the coal industry is "static" and the COALition is "stuck in the old ways". 

This writer is often inclined to feel depressed at the criminal lack of progress and disinterest displayed in the development of renewables so Stephen feels like a breath of fresh air - somewhat equivalent to that of Tasmanian air being sold to China in tins! Travelling widely it seems, Stephen's plans include developing blueprints for  change  across different states and sectors. Addressing the welcome drop in the cost of batteries he says not to forget the importance of agricultural emissions frequently not so recognised, but no less important than renewables (which he described as "more sexy"). The agricultural sector of course includes land use, land clearing, production and wastage of food, water, transport etc. all of which mainly driven by local communities as it seems are most such progressive movements.

On closing Michael mentioned the Newcastle demonstration. which was held the previous weekend where they were watching some of the coal ships depart and estimating each ship to be the equivalent to 100, 000 cars on the road!  So much for Adani v the Great Barrier Reef!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Warriors Beyond Coal and Gas

This show was broadcast on Mon 9th May 2016

'Beyond Coal and Gas Conference' Part 1
This conference drew citizens from India, Indonesia,the Pacific and remote areas of Australia. Their common cause is to prevent the land grabs and climate destruction of coal and gas projects.

Jessica Panegyres, Greenpeace Australia Pacific's Forest Campaigner
Arif Fiyanto Greenpeace Indonesia
Aunty Mabel Quakerwoot
Joseph Zane Sikulu
Ramesh Agrawal

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What do Climate Scientists get up to in Antarctica?

This show was broadcast on Mon 2nd May 2016

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We go behind the scenes and talk live to the scientists currently working in and studying the Antarctic. Their work deepens our understanding of the role the region plays in the global climate system, and the implications for marine ecosystems.

Dr David Etheridge - CSIRO
Dr Sue Cook - Glaciologist - University of Tasmania
Prof Tony Worby - CEO

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Dr Euan Ritchie concerning biodiversity

Dr Euan Ritchie joined the BZE radio team, speaking about the need to recognise we have a biodiversity crisis in Australia. Over the years we have lost 30 of our mammal species.We invest very little in our natural environment and there are many reasons for this:

-The government (and people) do not realise the economic value of nature e.g, every dollar spent on management can equal $75 that can be recouped on tourism.

-Those in government departments, who have the required knowledge are often gagged (e.g. alpine grazing) and therefore funding can be threatened to be withdrawn

-Short election cycles and vested interests and governments which are not practised at long term decisions

-Population moves from country to city so then people do not have a daily experience of nature

What to do: If we have open spaces this can help to reduce stress (and sometimes then reduce crime) and improve health. Perhaps excessive population growth plays a part as we live on a finite planet but it is more important to recognise and be aware of reducing our per capita consumption and not to live beyond our means. The Greens are pivotal but there is a need for cooperation between parties so there is a national focus rather than merely political.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

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Fire safety in solar PV installations

BZE radio is joined by Alessandra Chiaramonte (Alex), Austin Smith & Zachary Hood  - an university student research team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the US. They have recently completed a report on the effectiveness of DC isolators for fire safety in solar PV installations in Australia, in collaboration with The Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Feeding Ideas to Government for the "TRANSITIONS ELECTION"

This show was broadcast on Mon 25th April 2016 

Friends of the Earth Australia brought Carteret Islanders here on tour and Lyn Bender talks about meeting Ursula Rakova (pictured).

Nikola Casule is from Greenpeace and will highlight the Great Barrier Reef and the urgent need to stop exporting coal. 

Claire O'Rourke will talk about the report Solar Citizens and GetUp! commissioned on policies and HOW to remove the actual government roadblocks on the way to 100% renewable energy. 

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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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Clive Hamilton and Robert Manne talk about Paris

This show was broadcast on Mon 18th April 2016

Are scientists politically naïve demanding urgent emissions cuts?
Will government pledges need to be enforced by blockadia?
Is there hope for the climate at last?

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Dr Sara Bice talks social licence

Need for understandable data on increasing prevalence of unconventional gas and its impact on sedimentary basins

The BZE team talks to Dr Sara Bice with a history of journalism, sociology and now research fellow at Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne. 

Dr Sara Bice spoke of the need to create a regulatory basis and need for management of underground resources considering sedimentary basins comprise to a great extent  Australia's primary energy and water for agriculture and general rural population needs - in particular relating to CSG. This will have major effects on environmental economy and communities.  There is of course a need for a baseline for the effects of CSG and fracking in particular and with a moratorium such as that in Victoria.  The growth in CSG wells in Queensland alone has amounted to possibly 40,000 from 3000 in 2003! There is in particular a need for a better connection between University research, industry and policy makers and for the use of social media to provide a strong platform and despite for example, AGL giving the reasons for withdrawal as being financial with no mention relating to the power of protests. Reference to  AGL and "the license to operate" was also made by Green's Jeremy Buckingham. Is "social license" controlled by companies?

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Coal seam gas debate is more than hot air: Did community opposition have a role in AGL’s decision to quit exploration of natural gas?

The Sustainable Sensibility - Blog by Sara Bice

Sara Bice on The Conversation

Do mining companies have a "social licence" to operate?

Dr Sara Bice Awarded Research Fellowship

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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Electric Vehicles:

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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Is this the end of economic Growth?

This show was broadcast on Mon 4th April 2016

SLF Debate on Crafting the next economic system, a different way of living to prevent collapse.
Growth is stagnating, inequality is rising, resource constraints are pressing, and environmental impacts are worsening. So is this the end of economic growth as we know it?
And if not, how do we transition to a new model that keeps growth contributing to thriving societies, without social and environmental collapse?
Miriam Lyons from Getup! 
Ian Dunlop - member of The Club of Rome, Chairman of Safe Climate Australia
Jan Owens - author of "The Future Chasers"
Anthony James - MC from The Understandascope

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Alexander Greig - Architect Green Magic Homes

Beyond Zero speaks to Alexander Greig, Architect in New Zealand and Australasian dealer for Green Magic Homes. This technology provides arched structures made of fiber reinforced polymer modular components to build earth-sheltered green homes. 

Tim Flannery at Seattle Town Hall

This show was broadcast on Mon 28th March 2016

Thanks to Radio Eco Shock in Vancouver for this recording. Professor Tim Flannery talks about his new book "Atmosphere of Hope"

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Margaret Blakers OAM

Beyond Zero speaks to Margaret Blakers, the Canberra-based Convener of the Global Greens. Margaret is a passionate Environmentalist and Political adviser. In 2016 Margaret was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment.

The Race to 100% Renewables

This show was broadcast on Mon 21th March 2016

Can we get there by incremental steps or should we go the whole hog?
The Great debate from Sustainable Living Festival

As climate change poses an existential threat, Cam Walker (Friends of the Earth) argues we need to engage everyone. People start with the incremental steps building community consensus then go the whole hog of shutting down coal fired power and installing bold new solar power with storage. The people at Port Augusta in S.A are shining the way and Cam describes how communities move mountains.
Craig Wilkins from Conservation Council of South Australia, tells how renewable ownership radicalises people. BZE's Miwa Tominaga reveals how volunteers work together on no compromise plans that become the norm in no time. Cassy O'Connor and Senator Janet Rice explain how the race to get 100% renewables is being fought in parliament.

Cassy O’Connor - former Tasmanian Minister for Climate Change

Craig Wilkins - Chief Executive, Conservation SA

Miwa Tominaga - Beyond Zero Emissions

Janet Rice - Federal Senator for Victoria

Cam Walker - Friends of the Earth National Campaigns Coordinator

MC: Miriam Lyons - GetUp!’s Senior Campaigner

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Friends of the Earth Newsletter:

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Mark Watts C40

Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in London, joins us on his recent visit to Australia. His C40 network supports cities to share knowledge and drive measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

Dr Ian Wright

Beyond Zero speaks to Dr Ian Wright, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Western Sydney University, about recent cuts to science staff and the effect of upstream coalmines on Sydney’s water network.

GreenSync's software platform

Beyond Zero's Anthony and Matt are joined in the studio by GreensSync's founder and Managing Director Dr Phil Blythe and Project Manager Kate O'Carroll to talk about the company's software platform allowing utilities and customers to better forecast and predict their energy loads, and to optimally schedule distributed resources such as solar and storage.

Does Energy Efficiency Mean Living in a Cave?

This show was broadcast on Mon 14th March 2016

Verena Streitferdt (UTS) on Thailand

Alistair Sprould (UNSW) on Freiburg’s path to energy efficiency

Martina Blum (City of  Zurich) Environmental Engineer on The 2,000 watt society

Gareth Johnston on “We mean Business” 

 How do other countries get citizens to use less energy?

Martina Blum explains how The citizens of Zurich voted  to lower their usage to 2000 watts per person each year. Now they are getting behind government spending on public transport and a massive renovation of buildings. Electricity companies in the country are required to buy produced surplus energy for four times the price that they are selling it for. This policy makes it possible to design buildings that make money for their owners. 

Citizens promote mantras like “use it, don’t own it” and make eco holidays in Switzerland more attractive than carbon intensive flights overseas.

In Thailand innovative financing gives an incentive to insulate and replace carbon intensive machinery. Although most countries efficiencies are motivated by the high costs of importing fuel, Australia can learn a lot about a new attitude to energy according to Verena Streitferdt  and A/Professor Alistair Sproul .

Beyond countries we look at multi-national corporations with  Gareth Johnston from “We mean business “. With the clear framework of the Paris Climate agreement in one hand, he helps them  work on global plans to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Trent Hawkins - Zero Net Energy Towns

Trent Hawkins is Senior Consultant at renewables and energy efficiency consultancy Enhar. He joins Beyond Zero to talk about his latest technical research on Zero Net Energy Towns. This project looks at supporting Australian towns and villages assess and design their own plan to achieve 100% renewable energy over a period of 5-10 years. Trent has completed a report about Uralla NSW which is a Z-NET Case Study Town. 

Trent was the Project Director of the recently published Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE). The report is a groundbreaking new pathway for Australia's existing buildings to respond to the challenges of climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, and rising energy prices. Trent was a research director with BZE, a climate change solutions think tank for over three years, including playing a role in senior management of the organization. He was a contributing author to the Banksia award-winning Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan. Trent is a Mechanical Engineer with a background in renewable energy and computational modelling.

Protecting the Scientists Who Protect Us

This show was broadcast on Mon 7th March 2016

CSIRO cuts, Antarctic climate research and Lighter footprints

Claude Lorius a French glaciologist, showed the climate history in an Antarctic Ice Core.
In the film "Ice and Sky" we see how his team traced back 400,000 years and the alarming impact of increased carbon in the last two centuries. As an old man we see him dismayed by the attacks of climate sceptics and deniers. The panel at Transitions Film Festival discuss this in terms of cuts to the CSIRO and the climate science that would keep us safe.Caroline Ingvarson won a prize for her local leadership in Lighter Footprints and we celebrate the achievements of her climate action group.


Dr Malte Meinshausen - Director, Australian-German College, The University of Melbourne
Dr Liz Connor - Founder, Climate Guardians
Victoria McKenzie-McHarg
- Climate Campaign Manager, Australian Conservation Foundation
Kate Auty
- Vice Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Melbourne
Caroline Ingvarson
- Lighter Footprints
Katerina GAITA
. Climatefor Change
John Wiseman
. Melbourne University
Adam Bumpus
. MELBOURNE University

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Flying Blind: navigating climate change without the CSIRO  (Climate Council)
Ice and sky 
Transitions Film Festival
Lighter Footprints

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BZE ranked in top 10 of global think tanks to watch in 2016 by the University of Pennsylvania

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