Radio Podcasts

BZE Podcasts

Beyond Zero Emissions produces two podcasts that are recorded and broadcast weekly on 3CR radio in Melbourne.(855 on AM Radio)
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.
3CR Live Stream Digital Radio
There is an extensive catalog of shows available spanning the last 5 years.
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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AGL out, Alinta shows how and Flow shows the future – Beyond Zero Emissions radio show

This show was broadcast on Mon 17th October 2016.14641946_10154640538442888_1483233188383041101_n

Today we hear from:

  • Lisa McLean from Flow/Brookfield speaking from Disruption & The Energy Industry Conference on big buildings that are self sufficient in water and energy.
  • Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester
  • Joseph Zane Sikulu from Pacific Warriors

This Monday’s show takes us to a rally in Angel Place outside the AGL AGM.

We also hear from Alinta Energy and how they wound down their coal plant at Port Augusta.

The last interview is from the Disruption & The Energy Industry Conference. Lisa talks about big buildings that are self sufficient in water and energy.

Please forward this promo to anyone who will take action. Listen in at 5pm Monday 17th Oct.
Podcast available Tuesday.
Further Reading: tba
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17 Oct 2016|BZE Radio, Community Show, Podcasts|

No Time for New Coal Mines: Protect Bylong Valley

This show was broadcast on Mon 10th October 2016.bze-podcast-graphic-2016-10-10-1

Today we hear from:

  • Bylong resident Jodie Nancarrow  President of the Bylong Protection Association.
  • Then Bev Smiles will give us the bigger picture, climate impacts, giant voids left filling with toxic water all over the Hunter.
  • Tim Buckley from the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis will give us the wider financial picture of coal and market prices.
  • Lastly we speak to Jonathan La Nauze from Australian Conservation Foundation about their court challenge to the Adani mine.
Are these the dying days of coal? If so , why are greenfields sites like Bylong Valley being opened up for new coal mines?
Even when the #NoNewMines mantra is catching on and Indonesia and China have imposed a moratorium on themselves, Australian communities and aquifers are being ruined.  Many people have said the Adani mine  will never go ahead, but we don’t want to get complacent. We hear from the locals, the  climate action groups and a top notch financial analyst.
Thanks also to Mike Seccombe of  The Saturday Paper (1st Oct) for giving us the latest.
Please forward this promo to anyone who will take action. Listen in at 5pm Monday 10th Oct. Podcast available Tuesday.
Further Reading: tba
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09 Oct 2016|Community Show, Podcasts|

Dylan McConnell: SA blackout has nothing to do with wind turbines

Dylan McConnell of the Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne discusses South Australia’s recent state-wide blackout following once in 50-year storms. Wild weather across SA, has seen an extraordinary response from politicians and media, implicating the state’s wind energy in the fault.

Broadcast 7 Oct 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show
Beyond Zero Emissions
Radio 3CR in Melbourne

Dylan spoke about:

Further reading


07 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

Blockchain solar power trading: Jemma Green

Hear about the cutting edge where solar energy meets Blockchain Technology.

People who generate renewable energy can decide who they want to sell their surplus energy to, and at what price.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 21 Sep 2016: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Jemma Green:

  • Co-founder and Chair of Perth start-up Power Ledger,
  • A managing director at a disruptive innovation consultancy: The Green Enterprise,
  • A research fellow and PhD candidate at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP),
  • A City of Perth Councillor – and so experienced in the challenges of sustainable cities development,
  • She has over 15 years experience in finance and risk management including 11 years in investment banking in London.
  • For more detail see The Conversation

BZE Interviewers: Anthony and Matt

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading


04 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

Dark Emu and Letting the Land Have its Day in Court

This show will be broadcast on Mon 3rd October September 2016 5pm at 3cr and posted here as a
BZE Community Radio Show Podcast by Beyond Zero Emissions. Thank you Radio 3CR in Melbourne
We hear from:
  • Professor Jacinta Ruru from Otago University – NZ is starting to recognise the rights of Natural entities like forests or rivers in front of the law.
  • Australia Earth Laws Alliance Director Dr Michelle Maloney – the Rights of Nature Tribunal and conference in Brisbane 22nd October
  • Bruce Pascoe talks about his award winning book Dark Emu. He will give an indigenous history of land management and attitudes to the land which might conserve it in the face of threatening climate change.
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03 Oct 2016|Community Show, Podcasts, Uncategorized|

We’re at War: Mobilising to Defeat Climate Change

We hear from:
  • Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist and founder of
  • David Spratt: Co-author of Climate Code Red
  • Robin Laurie:  Member of The Pram Factory and a founder of Circus Oz, and
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a Fireside Chat
Broadcast:  Mon 26 September 2016
BZE Community Radio Show Podcast
Beyond Zero Emissions
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26 Sep 2016|Community Show|

Mary Hendriks talks Energy Storage

We hear from Mary Hendriks, the Industry Executive of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance, which is an independent information hub and networking group for the energy storage sector.  Mary also has the role of Conference Advisor for the Australian Energy Storage conference in Sydney.

Broadcast 23 Sep 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show
Beyond Zero Emissions
Radio 3CR in Melbourne

Mary Hendriks spoke about:

  • The recent Australian Energy Storage Alliance conference in Sydney

Further reading


24 Sep 2016|Technology Show, Uncategorized|

Dr Tabea Lissner

Dr Tabea Lissner leads Climate Analytics’ work in the field of socio-ecological systems and vulnerability. She has published on a range of topics in the field of climate change impacts, including recent publications on impacts at 1.5°C of warming.

23 Sep 2016|Podcasts, Technology Show|

Prof David Karoly calls for greater emissions reduction

Climate scientist stresses urgency

“Our climate is not safe now, so what does dangerous climate change mean?”

David Karoly
Professor of Atmospheric Science
School of Earth Sciences: Melbourne University.

Broadcast: 16 Sep 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show Podcast
Beyond Zero Emissions
Melbourne 3CR Radio


Dr Stephen White

Dr Stephen White is CSIRO’s Program Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) talks about the EnergyFit Homes Project research, which is a collaborative approach to unlocking the value of energy efficient homes for buyers, renters and investors.  The EnergyFit Homes Project proposes a national voluntary home energy efficiency disclosure system, designed to empower consumers to rate and value homes with lower running costs and health, comfort and sustainability benefits.
Further reading:
CRCLCL Media Release: Consumers want energy-efficiency facts on homes – new research shows

21 Sep 2016|BZE Radio, Technology Show|


This show was broadcast on Mon 19th September 2016

The future is electric” – Larissa Waters “Conventional cars have to go” – Dr Stephen Bygrave “Imported cars and the oil to run them are a large part of our trade deficit”  – Dr Gary Ellem

Dr Gary Ellem from Newcastle University is a futurist. He talks about young people designing electric bikes and racing them, the future work of coal affected communities and how driverless electric vehicles will improve our lives.
The BZE Electric Vehicle report was launched in Brisbane and we bring you an edited extract. Dr Stephen Bygrave, the Hon Mark Bailey MPProfessor Karen Hussey (University of Queensland) and Senator Larissa Waters describe in detail how the transport sector’s impact on global warming is being rapidly reduced: cutting import duty on EVs, giving free parking and recharging to EVs, electric buses . . .  are all ways this is already happening, including soon in Queensland!
Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency talks to Vivien about what will happen when the Feed In Tariff is gone. Can electricity be democratised, decarbonised and affordable?


19 Sep 2016|Community Show|

Climate change and east coast low-pressure systems: Acacia Pepler: Podcast

We hear from Acacia Pepler. She’s a PhD student at the University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Centre, studying extreme rainfall and low-pressure systems on the east coast of Australia (East Coast Lows). Her research is focused on why & how East Coast Lows develop, including the importance of the Great Dividing Range and East Australian Current, as well as how East Coast Lows may change in the future with climate change.

Broadcast 26 Aug 2016
BZE Technology Radio Show
Beyond Zero Emissions
Radio 3CR in Melbourne

Acacia spoke about:

  • The impacts and importance of East Coast Lows for severe weather and water security,
  • Why East Coast Lows can be difficult to forecast,
  • The differences between tropical and extra-tropical cyclones
  • Some current research
  • How regional climate models work and why they’re useful, and
  • How climate changes like warmer oceans or higher sea levels may change the impacts of East Coast Lows in the future.
  • Intense rainfall is expected to increase with global warming.

Further reading


14 Sep 2016|Technology Show|

Music and Magic amplify climate solutions – The “Creating a Climate for Change” Melbourne Playback Theatre event

This show was broadcast on Mon 12th September 2016
Today on BZE Radio join us at NorthcoteTown Hall in Melbourne for an excerpt from an inspired and inspiring event held on August 11th called Creating a Climate for Change (thank you Melbourne Playback Theatre).


Architect Rob Adams returned to his University in South Africa and found that without building more  they had massively increased the number of students by multitasking the rooms. With climate change in mind he talks about how cities can do the same.

Lucy Best is a campaigner. She engages with the community to bring renewable energy solutions to low income residents. Her fascinating talk shows how personal commitment and ingenuity break down barriers.

Stephen Bygrave brings examples from around the world to show how the time is coming when petrol -fuelled cars, energy intensive buildings and coal fired power will be things of the past.


12 Sep 2016|Community Show|

Lessons in Resilience from New Orleans, the Pacific and Indigenous Communities

This show was broadcast on Mon 5thSeptember 2016

The Sydney Alliance and WWF Australia brought Rev Willie Bennett here to energise our resilience building.

How can communities prepare for heatwaves, floods and climate disruptions?
What can the Hurricane Katrina Survivors Network teach us about building up community power and leadership?

How can we connect with indigenous defenders in the Gulf country and Galilee Basin as climate changing coal and gas projects loom?

Rev Willie Bennett – Hurricane Katrina Survivors Network
Rev Seforosa Carroll – Church partnerships Pacific,UnitingWorld
Cassandra Goldie – CEO of Australian Council of Social Service
Murrawah Johnson – Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network

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05 Sep 2016|Community Show|

FARMLANDS: Food crops or fuel crops?

This show was broadcast on Mon 29th August 2016
Winner of The Royal Society Prize for science writing, Gaia Vince (author of Adventures in the Anthropocene), takes us round the world in search of the best farming practices in the Anthropocene. Indian farmers leading with water? Food waste contributing to climate change?

In “Rethinking Dairy” we look at alternatives to needing so much milk. Improvements for the cows, calves, farmers and consumers are all ahead as we take climate seriously.

A panel discussion courtesy of 3CR’s Freedom of Species show, featuring Philip Wollen, Dr Deidre Wicks, dairy farmer Vicki Jones, and vegan restauranteur Mo Wyse.
Further Reading:Amazing news – the Northern Territory Labor party was swept to power in the Territory election yesterday on a promise to put a moratorium on risky shale gas fracking.

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29 Aug 2016|Community Show|

Dr Sara Bice

Dr Sara Bice, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, talks about her new book “Responsible Mining”.

“Responsible Mining ” – Is it an oxymoron or is it possible?

25 Aug 2016|Technology Show|

Geoff Pocock

GeoffPocock_hazer[1]Geoff Pocock is managing director of Hazer Group, a Perth-based company, spun out of the University of Western Australia, which plans to halve the cost of hydrogen production, using a near-zero emissions patented process, based on “methane cracking”.  The chemical process uses “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen, with the other valuable by-product capturing the carbon content of the gas in the form of high-quality graphite.
The ASX-listed company raised A$5m at its initial public offering in September 2015.

“When hydrogen is combusted to generate heat, or used in fuel cells to generate electricity, the only byproduct is water. As a result, it has long been heralded as a low-carbon energy carrier, which could replace gasoline as a transport fuel, powering electric vehicles, or natural gas as fuel to heat buildings.
Graphite is used in the production of lithium-ion batteries, and while prices vary depending on the quality, Pocock says it averages at about US$1,000 per tonne. Globally, the graphite market is worth around US$13bn annually.”

Photo: Geoff Pocock (right) and CTO Dr Andrew Cornejo with Hazer Group’s hydrogen technology.

25 Aug 2016|Technology Show|

Dr Bonnie Monteleone

Dr Bonnie Monteleone
is Co-founder, Executive Director and Director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. whose mission is to educate through field research, implement progressive outreach initiatives, and incubate solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem.
Dr Bonnie Monteleone is a field scientist, researcher and student supervisor in the Chemistry department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Dr Bonnie is also a 5 Gyres Institute ambassador; part of the Ocean Defenders Alliance; Cape Fear Rise Above Plastic through Surfrider; the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program; Algalita Marine Research Foundation; NC Monofilament Recovery and Recycling receptacles at Johnny Mercer Peer; contributes to the Plastic Ocean Project blog and more! She has collected plastic marine samples globally including 4 of the 5 gyres, the Caribbean, and has extended this work to Pyramid Lake, in a Nevada desert outside of Reno.
The passionate Dr Monteleone joins the Beyond Zero team to talk about plastic leachates, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) uptakes, plastic ingestion by marine organisms and the many solutions and projects she is running. She is also an accomplished artist, turning some of the plastic she collects on her  voyages into modern artistic masterpieces.

25 Aug 2016|Technology Show|

Dr Stephen Bygrave


To speak about such a topic, the guest was BZE CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave who is about to embark on a new challenge to join the Queensland government as executive director in the field of environment and climate change.
The work of BZE has encompassed such diverse areas as 100% renewable energy and how soon this may be viable, buildings, battery storage, agriculture including land clearing, industrial processes (such as alternatives in the production of aluminium), and transport to name just a few. In fact BZE has attained worldwide acclaim.
Transport in particular is responsible for 15% of national emissions but the ridiculous dependence on cars in Australia is badly in need of a “mode shift” in favour of public transport and electric cars not forgetting the movement of freight. It is so short-sighted by governments to move freight on the road in lieu of rail which had been achieved in the past. BZE has also written on the topic of high speed rail which has been utilised so successfully in other countries, in particular India and China where there are so many people to accommodate!

So Stephen will perhaps be involved in the different challenges that Queensland can throw up  – none bigger than the Great Barrier Reef and Adani and land clearing!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 12/8/16)

25 Aug 2016|Technology Show|

Prof Tara P. Dhakal

Beyond Zero speaks to Professor Tara P. Dhakal of Binghamton University, State University of New York, about his research developing high efficiency solar cells.
Advances in the manufacture of Solar Cells
Prof Tara Dhakal started off with study of Physics and Material Science, working in Kathmandu, Nepal and Japan and later joined the Uni. of Sth. Florida with the aim of making improved thin film solar. He is at present Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the State University of N.Y. and it seems he has always been interested in applied research.
Problems of course with solar is the need to access materials that are abundant, non toxic, reliable and not only cost efficient to manufacture but to install. Approximately 25% of silicon can be converted into electricity and it is fairly expensive to process into wafers.  The Professor discussed the possibility of transparent layers for windows and/or roll-out for roofs.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre 29/7/16)

Further reading:

25 Aug 2016|Technology Show|