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Food Security: Global Perspectives and Climate

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 22nd May 2017

This week BZE is chewing over food security and climate from a global perspective, as BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford interviews Clare Westwood in Penang and Alan Broughton – Vice President Organic Agriculture Association, with special guest Robin Laurie aka Professor Pym.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Clare Westwood  Clare is a researcher for the Third World Network and Penang Peace and Justice Commission
  • Alan Broughton –  co-author of “Sustainable Agriculture v Corporate Greed
  • Robin Laurie – Robin, aka Professor Pym, with a lively radio drama about the incongruity of food as fuel for cars

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23 May 2017|Community Show|

Solar, wind and hydro for Latrobe Valley

Monday 5 June 2017 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm AEST

There are many opportunities for renewable energy projects in the Latrobe Valley to replace baseload generation and employment following the closure of Hazelwood. Floating solar, wind and hydro projects have been proposed by experienced engineers in the area. Chris Barfoot is an innovator, industrial chemist, engineer and scientist with 33 years experience in the State Electricity Commission Victoria and the subsequent privatized Electricity Generation companies concluding on the 31st March 2017 with the closure of Hazelwood Power Station. Specializing in project management and business development he brings a unique and enthusiastic perspective to “transition’ and the renewable economy. He will be joined by Dr Baher Zaghlool, a senior civil engineer and former director of Downer Engineering and SMEC, who is now a strong advocate of community energy.

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 5 June 2017

McCoy Building

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Getting there: Take any tram on Swanston Street and get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University.
Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.
Entry: Gold coin donation

All welcome.
Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm!

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

For those who can’t attend you will find the video recording of this event on the BZE YouTube Channel and via a link on this page. 

21 May 2017|Discussion Group|

A short-lived gas shortfall

In this podcast, Beyond Zero radio talk to Tim Forcey and Dylan McConnell about their recently released report A short-lived gas shortfall: A review of AEMO’s warning of gas-supply ‘short falls’. The review found that although a “gas-price crisis” exists in eastern-Australia the size of AEMO’s forecast shortfall is very small, amounting to no more than around 0.2% of annual supply.

“In this report we also consider alternative solutions to gas shortfalls, and find that there is no need to expand gas-supply infrastructure.” Authors: Tim Forcey and Dylan McConnell  [Photo supplied by Australian-German Climate and Energy College ]

Dylan is an Energy Analyst at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne. Tim is an independent energy analyst.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 19 May 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Tim Forcey and Dylan McConnell

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Laura Perri

Interview broadcast on: 19 May 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

A short-lived gas shortfall

19 May 2017|Technology Show|

Land Clearing and Reforestation

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 15th May 2017

“One of the common misconceptions is that a lot of the ERF money is for planting trees”  Jess Panegyres The Wilderness Society
A transformation is beginning to get underway in the agricultural land uses sector. And not before time – without a much-needed U-turn, agriculture, especially northern zone export beef production, is set to be the single biggest GHG-emitting sector of Australia’s economy over the next 2 decades.
BZE’s Vivien Langford talks to two of Australia’s foremost landuse experts and a film maker about carbon sinks and the film Cultivating Murder.
Guests:
  • Prof Brett Bryan – from Deakin University
  • Gregory Miller – Film Director of Cultivating Murder
  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop – BZE Land Use Report author
We are expecting a lot from the land: to feed us, to feed livestock, to fuel cars and now to draw down carbon. And the carbon is not just from coal-fired power, petrol and gas – the agriculture and land use industries themselves, including the 90% of land clearing conducted for northern rangelands cattle grazing, will be responsible for around half our national annual emissions over the coming two decades!

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15 May 2017|Community Show|

What’s it really like to drive an electric vehicle?

In this podcast, Beyond Zero Emissions Radio talks to Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl, about owning an all-electric plug in car.

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl

BZE Interviewers: Natalie Bucknell, Laura Perri

Interview broadcast on: 12 May 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

Catch this and all our shows as a podcast – any time

Thank you @3CR

12 May 2017|Technology Show|

Livestock Methane – Can it be ‘Kelped’?

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 8th May 2017

livestock methane - can it be kelped?

 

“It’s about time the role agriculture plays in the climate crisis – and the role it COULD  play in the solution –  got a concentrated dose of attention.” Bill Mc Kibben

 

Our 26 million head-strong beef cattle – and 75 million head of sheep – ruminant meat and livestock industry is now responsible for more than half of Australia’s GHG’s and methane, and the near term climate change they are creating. So, is this an industry that can ever really be climate-safe?

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, University of Queensland’s Professor Ram Dalal and CSIRO’s Dr Michael Battaglia will join BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to consider:

  1. Can improved pastures, and other interventions such as seaweed supplement, really kelp? Um, help.
  2. Is it just time to reduce the national herd?
  3. Are carbon abatement schemes and offsets sold by farmers having any effect on rising emissions?

Thank you to our guests:

  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop is the co- author of BZE land use discussion paper released in 2014: Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry. This report concluded that agriculture, and especially our northern rangelands grazing industry, is a much more important source of near-term GHG emissions than industry or government greenhouse reporting will admit. But the land use report insists that it is also the biggest most immediate opportunity for mitigation. Gerard has 20 years experience in monitoring land clearing in Queensland. More from Gerard on agricultural emissions here.
  • Professor Ram Dalal led the National Soil Carbon Programme from 2012-2015. He is a professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University of Queensland and one of his key research interests is GHG mitigation.
  • Dr Michael Battaglia is the Group Leader Greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation in agriculture at CSIRO. His article in The Conversation shows how seaweed can cut methane emissions by sheep and cattle. It also shows how wide the search is to lower the impact of livestock on the climate – but are these schemes capable of working in Australia’s various animal agriculture industries?

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07 May 2017|Agriculture, Community Show, Land use, Podcasts|

Energy Productivity Summit 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 1st May 2017
 
The 2017 Energy Productivity Summit at the maritime Museum in Sydney in April 2017 drew a number of international speakers including Benoit Lebot (IPEEC), Monica Frassoni, Mary Ritter and Reynald Gallis who joined BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to record this show.
The theme is perfectly captured by the chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, Jon Jutsen:
“What’s the point of spending billions of taxpayers dollars to add new supply when most of what is produced now is lost?”Jon Jutsen, chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivitya2se.org.au and 2xep.org.au
Thank you to the Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) for hosting us and a great conference.

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01 May 2017|Community Show|

Biochar

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 1 May 2017

Our guest speaker for the May 1st Melbourne BZE Discussion Group is Dr Adrian Morphett, Principal Environmental Engineer at Earth Systems, a global environmental and social consulting firm with its head office in Melbourne.

Adrian will present solutions for biochar production from waste wood sources and discuss some recent projects using the Earth Systems CharMaker – Mobile Pyrolysis Plant.

Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from the oxygen-free pyrolysis of wood and which, even when combined with water and soil, remains stable for thousands of years. It can therefore be an important carbon store, capturing carbon from the atmosphere and ‘locking it in’ as a solid mineral-like material.

Biochar has many applications apart from carbon sequestration, including soil improvement and water retention and is increasingly popular as a soil additive to increase plant growth and crop yields.

In the news: ABC Rural: Biochar offset method needed to fix supply bottleneck

BZE YouTube

Below is a video recording of this event or you can click here to view on the BZE YouTube channel

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Presentation slides here: (25Mb PDF)

Further reading:
http://www.earthsystems.com.au/
http://www.greenmanchar.com.au/
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29 Apr 2017|Discussion Group|

Carbon sequestration with Biochar from waste wood pyrolysis

In this podcast, Beyond Zero radio talk to Dr Adrian Morphett, Principal Environmental Engineer at Earth Systems, about biochar. Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from sustainable sources which when applied to the soil, can last for thousands of years, acting as a stable carbon store capturing carbon from the atmosphere and locking it in a solid form.

“Biochar has many benefits including Carbon sequestration, soil amendment, water retention, increasing plant growth and crop yields.” [Photo supplied by Earth Systems]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 28 April 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Dr Adrian Morphett

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell, Laura Perri

Interview broadcast on: 28 April 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

28 Apr 2017|Technology Show|

Zero Carbon Communities Showcase 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 24th April 2017 

The Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) program is showcasing Australia’s most ambitious local government areas, with their plans to get to zero emissions in a range of sectors within 10 years.
These communities are taking on everything from investment models to local and utility-scale energy, home energy assessments, energy retrofits, partnerships with councils, equitable outcomes and even going ‘beyond zero’ in partnerships with the regions agriculture.
Thank you to those who joined BZE Radio’s Erin Jones for a chat:
  • Imogen Jubb  -National Manager, Zero Carbon Communities program, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Tiffany Harrison – Project Coordinator, Zero Emissions Byron
  • John Lloyd – President, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group
  • Dan Spencer – National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Repower Port Augusta
  • Malcolm McKelvie – Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN) bbsn.org.au bbsn@dcsi.net.au.
  • Daryl Brooke – Chairperson, Clean Energy Nillumbuk

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BZE Zero Carbon Industry – Zero Carbon Cement and more

This show was broadcast on Monday 17th  April 2017 

The Zero Carbon Australia Industry Plan is shaping up nicely. The Zero Carbon Industry and Cement research will be presented at Australian Manufacturing Week and at the Ecocity World Summit. zero carbon cement and industry

Listen in to hear BZE’s research director Michael Lord talk about zero carbon cement, renewable heat, zero carbon steel and how the circular economy can apply to Australia’s industry sectors.

Our interviewer is Erin Jones, a co-producer on the BZE Radio Community team.

Read more about the Zero Carbon Australia Industry Plan here. Watch a presentation here (November 2016).

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17 Apr 2017|Community Show|

Mark Diesendorf on South Australia and 100% renewables

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd  April 2017

Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf  is the Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, at UNSW and author of How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power in  The Conversation.

Here he speaks about big picture demand-side efficiency, why it matters to renewables, how to get to 100% renewables across Australia and what really happened in the September South Australia Black System.

 

Click to LISTEN to the March 2017 Mark Diesendorf interview.

 

12 Apr 2017|Community Show, Podcasts|

When is ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ Climate-Safe & Beyond Blue Carbon Sequestration

This show was broadcast on Monday 10th April 2017

In this show we are talking carbon sequestration. First up BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford talks with North Queensland cattle farmer Elena Garcia, who is aiming to transform her property into a climate-safe rangelands grazing operation using ‘sustainable’ low input practices. Then BZE Radio’s Kurt Johnson talks to Quinn Ollivier, an expert on the seagrass beds of coastal Australia and why it is that these massive carbon sinks are so enduring – and threatened.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Elena Garcia and Alan Broughton, the authors of a highly controversial new book
    Sustainable Agriculture versus Corporate Greed.
  • Quinn Ollivier, ecologist and expert on sea grass and mangrove sequestration of carbon

Climate change prompts us to think about threats to crops, threats to food supply and the opportunities of sustainable and climate-safe land use. But are there any examples of sustainable and climate-safe rangelands grazing? Can rangelands grazing be good for lowering fire-related emissions and what about the climate impact of methane from enteric fermentation of the ruminants grazed there?

The BZE Landuse discussion paper analysis suggests that agricultural activities based on both nitrogenous fertilisers and rangelands grazing need to be – and can be – dramatically transformed – so how is this to be accomplished in practice?

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10 Apr 2017|Community Show|

Grattan Institute: Retail electricity market failing consumers

In this podcast, Beyond Zero radio talk to David Blowers, Energy Fellow at the Grattan Institute, about a recent report on electricity retailer competition failing to deliver lower prices for consumers. The report titled, Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers? says the government will need to step in and re-regulate prices if market competition does not change.

“Prices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide have almost doubled over the past decade.” [Photo supplied by Grattan Institute]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 7 April 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to David Blowers

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 7 April 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

Grattan Institute: Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?

07 Apr 2017|Technology Show|

GreenSync launch deX renewable energy digital marketplace

In this podcast, Beyond Zero’s Anthony Daniele and Matt Grantham talk to Bruce Thompson, GM Strategic Projects at Melbourne-based energy startup GreenSync, about the recent launch of “deX”.

“The ARENA funded Decentralised Energy Exchange — or “deX” for short — creates an open marketplace for the value of energy generated by solar panels and stored in battery packs to be traded between consumers, businesses, communities and network utilities.. [Photo supplied by GreenSync]

Bruce Thompson is a recognised leader in the sustainable energy sector bringing together unique skills and experience to build practical responses to climate change. In the past Bruce has initiated partnership projects such as the Moreland Solar City Project and EcoSmart Electricians, a national training program for electricians

BZE Technology Radio Show: 4 April 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Bruce Thompson.

BZE Interviewers: Anthony Daniele, Matt Grantham

Interview recorded on: 4 April 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

GreenSync launch deX: a new renewable energy digital marketplace that will transform Australia’s energy industry

Renew Economy

04 Apr 2017|Technology Show|

Climate Solutions Are In Our Lands – Colin and Nicholas Seis

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd  April 2017

Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own and run the 2000-acre property “Winona” which is situated north of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW.
Here Colin is speaking three years on from the time of his project with the BZE land-use project, where his innovative ‘pasture cropping’ and carbon farming techniques and results were featured as a world-leading case study, published in the Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry Discussion Paper, part of the Zero Carbon Australia project.
You can hear Colin speak to BZE’s Viv Langford in a 2014 interview that took place on-site at Gulgong  here
Click to LISTEN to the April 3 2017 Colin Seis interview.
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03 Apr 2017|Community Show|

Greensmith software optimising energy storage for grid reliability – John Jung and David Miller

In this podcast, Beyond Zero’s Anthony Daniele and Matt Grantham talk to Greensmith Energy Management Systems‘ John Jung and David Miller, on their recent visit to Australia.

They are partnering with local South Australian renewable energy and battery company ZEN Energy to offer utility-scale battery solutions. Greensmith’s software offers multiple value streams to control battery energy including frequency response, peak shifting and arbitrage.

The advantage of battery energy storage, over other forms of dispatchable energy such as hydro or gas peaking plants, is that a battery bank has the power capacity which can respond in under 40 milli-seconds (ms) to enhance grid reliability.

“Energy storage is economically viable today… rule changes (will) enhance and incentivise asset investment into energy storage” says John Jung, Greensmith’s Founder and CEO. [Photo supplied by ZEN Energy]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 29 March 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to John Jung and David Miller.

BZE Interviewers: Anthony Daniele, Matt Grantham

Interview recorded on: 29 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

ZEN Energy’s Local-Global Partnership for Big Battery Project Delivery

Renew Economy: South Australia swamped by 90 battery storage proposals

Renew Economy: Garnaut’s ZEN Energy plans baseload renewable retail product

31 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

Next-generation Sodium-ion batteries use sea water: Dr Neeraj Sharma UNSW

In this podcast, Beyond Zero radio talk to Dr Neeraj Sharma from UNSW about his research into next-generation Sodium-ion batteries, featuring affordability and reliability towards the 100% renewable energy transition.

Dr Neeraj Sharma is Senior Lecturer & ARC DECRA Fellow, in the School of Chemistry at UNSW.

“Dr Sharma is working on replacing the lithium with sodium, in the form of readily available salty water. “Once you get the sodium batteries as efficient as lithium-ion batteries, they’ll be about one-fifth the cost,” [Photo supplied by UNSW]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 31 March 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Dr Neeraj Sharma

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 31 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

UNSW 20 Rising Stars: ENERGY STORAGE Neeraj Sharma

31 Mar 2017|Technology Show, Uncategorized|

Energy Storage & 100% Renewable Energy

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 3 April 2017
Our guest speaker for the Monday April 3rd Melbourne Beyond Zero Emissions discussion group  is Dr Roger Dargaville, Deputy Director and Senior Energy Analyst at the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI).

Roger is an expert in renewable energy systems, global carbon cycles and climate change adaptation. He will be speaking about energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro, liquid air energy storage and batteries.

Join us to learn how energy storage – whether it is distributed or centralised –  can contribute to the 100% renewable energy grid of the future!

Follow Roger on twitter @rogerd70
In the news: MEI & partners awarded ARENA grant for pumped-hydro research

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Presentation Slides here (11Mb PDF)

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 3 April 2017

WHERE: McCoy Building – Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne, Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Take any tram on Swanston Street and get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University.

Entry to building: South side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Youtube: Missed any meetings? All discussions are posted at the BZE youtube channel  – and you can see them all here.

Thank you
The University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) has been a Zero Carbon Australia project partner and supports BZE in bringing you this event.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm.

THANK YOU to all who have already DONATED to support the Zero Carbon Industry project!
28 Mar 2017|Discussion Group|

Climate Reality Leader & social change advocate Linh Do

In this podcast, BZE speaks to Linh Do, a social change advocate who has been working on environmental issues for the past six years. Linh is currently the community coordinator at Australian Conservation Foundation and in 2013 was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 24 March 2017: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 24 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

27 Mar 2017|Technology Show|