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Prof James Meadowcroft

BZE speaks to Prof James Meadowcroft about how governments are adjusting their practices and policies to cope with climate change, the environment and sustainable development.  James Meadowcroft holds a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. He is a Professor in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Administration, at the Carleton University in Canada.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 2 Dec 2016: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Natalie Bucknell, Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl

Interview recorded on: 2 Dec 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

Engaging with the politics of sustainability transitions

The political economy of carbon capture and storage: An analysis of two demonstration projects

The Conversation: Could Canada hold the key to Britain’s rotten record on carbon capture?

07 Dec 2016|Technology Show|

Summer Series – Guarding Eden: The Climate Angels

This show was broadcast on Mon 5th December 2016

Heatwave Fact Sheet  (160Kb PDF)

What would it take for you to climb an industrial chimney, blockade a coal mine or make a speech to hundreds of people?
The answer for the people in “Guarding Eden” is climate change.

We meet author Deborah Hart and the people who inspire her.

MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm
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07 Dec 2016|Community Show, Podcasts|

Green energy with Energy Tailors

BZE speaks to Dom Mendonca and Dominic Eales from Melbourne start-up Energy Tailors, an independent service that alerts you with the cheapest and greenest energy options. In this podcast, Energy Tailors introduces:

  • Which energy plans are green – and how green they are
  • Information about which retailers are performing better on environmental metrics
  • Depending on your situation you may be able to switch to 100% renewable energy
  • Your Green Power contribution additional to the Renewable Energy Target (RET)
  • Save money and carbon emissions!

Dom Mendonca is CEO and Founder of Energy Tailors with over a decade experience in the energy utilities industry.

Dominic Eales is Solution Architect and Web Developer, at Energy Tailors.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 2 Dec 2016: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Natalie Bucknell, Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl

Interview broadcast on: 2 Dec 2016

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

02 Dec 2016|Technology Show|

Energy-efficient electric heat-pump hot water

Eliminate gas from your Energy Freedom home and choose energy efficient electric heat pumps

BZE radio talks to Mark Padwick:

Mark Padwick, Sanden Australia Managing Director, explains how the electric heat pump systems works to heat hot water. The Sanden Eco Hot Water Heat Pump is an energy efficient replacement for your traditional electric or solar hot water system. Mark also explains the tank sizes available and how efficiently, quickly and quietly the heat pumps heats water.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 18 Nov 2016: Podcast:

29 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

ELECTRIC VEHICLES The Future of Transport

BZE Radio: 28November 2016

We talk everything electric and the challenges and opportunities ahead with guests:



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28 Nov 2016|Community Show|

Podcast: Big coal undermining democracy: Kristen Lyons

Activist Academic Kristen Lyons is Associate Professor Environment and Development Sociology at The University of Queensland.

Australia’s coal politics are undermining democratic and Indigenous rights

BZE Technology Radio Show: 25 Nov 2016: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Kristen Lyons:

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

Interview recorded on: 25 Nov 2016:

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

The Conversation: Australia’s coal politics are undermining democratic and Indigenous rights

The Conversation: How the pursuit of carbon and fossil fuels harms vulnerable communities

25 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

Marrakech COP22 : UN Climate Conference Global Energy Transition has Started

This show was broadcast on Mon 21st November 2016

We talk COP22 with Professor Martijn Wilder (The Australian National University) who is back from the conference, and Christine Milne who is observing from the sidelines as an international Green. And interview Australian school kids about their thoughts on a renewable future.

MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm
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23 Nov 2016|Community Show|

Marc Hudson talks climate activism

BZE Radio: 17 Nov 2016

We continue the discussion with Marc Hudson. This follow-up interview focuses on Mark’s many years of experience around the world in:

  • climate activism,
  • community organising and
  • campaign management.
17 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

Forests: The Lungs of Our Planet

BZE Radio: 14 November 2016: Podcast:

Scientists are saying that 50% of the Amazon is facing deforestation by 2020. Louise Boronyak Vasco (UTS: University of Technology Sydney) talks about Amazon Watch – which is advancing the rights of indigenous peoples and protecting their territories to save the Amazon, and the Earth’s climate.

Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually according to a United Nations Environment Programme report. Dr Lindsay Hutley (Charles Darwin University) speaks about this special resource.

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop (World Preservation Foundation) talks about land clearing in NSW, QLD and its impact on climate.


From Well to Wheel: The Social, Environmental an Climate Costs of Amazon Crude
(Amazon Watch: September 2016)

14 Nov 2016|Community Show|

Podcast: The strategic responses of the Australian coal industry to climate change

A historical perspective of the coal industry in Australia and the chopping and changing of climate policy.

BZE radio talks to Marc Hudson:

Marc is studying the strategic responses of the Australian coal industry to the challenge of climate change. He is in the final year of a PhD at the Sustainable Consumption Institute: Manchester University. Marc is a regular contributor to The Conversation.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 11 Nov 2016: Podcast:

Marc talked about:

  • Coal usage in Australia from soon after White settlement, and the rapidly expanding export of coal to Japan from the late 1950s onwards, which was important for Japan as it rebuilt after World War Two.  Japan was the single most important market until the late 1990s, and is still very important.
  • China becoming a market for Australian coal from 2008 – but these exports have been decreasing as China produces most of its own coal, and is recognising coal as a health risk, and a political one, due to air quality in Chinese cities.
  • The chopping and changing of Australian climate policy, with dizzying peaks and troughs, alongside the basic bipartisan support for increasing coal exports
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard and our short lived carbon pricing,
  • Malcolm Turnbull’s overt support for renewables until he became prime minister,
  • The election of climate denier Malcolm Roberts of One Nation to the Senate
  • The appointment of climate denier Craig Kelly as Chair of the Federal Environment Energy Committee.
  • The Australian ratification of the Paris agreements
  • The current Morocco conference
  • The election of Trump in the US
  • Australian climate change activism.

Further reading

Out of step: marching for climate justice versus taking action
(The Conversation: Marc Hudson: 27 Nov 2015)

The sound of silence: why has the environment vanished from election politics?
(The Conversation: Marc Hudson: 23 June 2016)

Beyond Zero Emissions interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia


11 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

Plutocracy versus Democracy – what future awaits us?


This show was broadcast on Mon 7th November 2016

Christine Milne talks about reclaiming our democracy and John Hewson about how Malcolm Turnbull is drifting dangerously.

Naomi Klein says the corporate media always ask her what is realistic, yet their idea of realism will take us to four degrees. (In an interview from The Elephant – courtesy of Kevin Caners)

Alex Rafalowicz from Climate Action Network Australia talks about how there are only about 50 people employed full time on climate campaigning and this means we are not taking it seriously.

MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm

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07 Nov 2016|Community Show|

What has a Tupperware party to do with climate change

BZE radio talks to Imogen Jubb.

Imogen has recently joined BZE as National Manager of our Zero Carbon Communities Project.

She came to her position with qualifications from the Universities of Canberra, ANU and Sydney and as a communication specialist with the ACF, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and ABC.

She has traveled around Australia, working with Indigenous communities and also trained as a Climate Leader with Al Gore.

She is a board member of Climate for Change, which uses the Tupperware party model to get the climate message across.

She recently ran as an independent candidate in the Moreland City Council election and said:

“empowering people can be lots of fun and provide meaning to life”.

One is reminded of the saying of Margaret Mead who said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”

BZE Technology Show: 4 Nov 2016: Podcast

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

About the project managed by Imogen

Zero Carbon Communities

04 Nov 2016|Technology Show|

A Conversation with Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing


This show was broadcast on Mon 1st November 2016

A conversation with:
Jonathan Pershing
Special Envoy for Climate Change
US Department of State

Moderated by:
Coral Davenport
The New York Times

Introduced by:
Ambassador Richard Morningstar
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

01 Nov 2016|Podcasts|

Podcast: Renewable Energy Target market impacts

Mark Williamson, ‎Executive General Manager of the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) talks about:

  • the market impacts of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), and
  • development opportunities.

Mark’s presentation was recorded at the All Energy 2016 Conference in October

BZE Technology Radio Show: Oct 2016: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel and Michael Staindl

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

31 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

EV revolution with Bede Doherty

Bede Doherty is the Business Development & e-Mobility Manager Alphabet Australia – BMW Australia Finance Ltd. In this podcast, he talks to BZE radio about the different types of Electric Vehicles (EVs) available and how they market is evolving to provide customers fleet optimisation services, car-sharing and inter-modal transport connectivity.

Bede was also a panelist at the Melbourne launch of BZE’s Electric Vehicles report, where he drove to the event in a BMWi3 EV, to showcase for the audience. Bede Doherty is a renewable energy engineer, specialising in transport strategy.

Why the future is electric for Melbourne’s cars and buses

BZE Technology Radio Show 2016: Podcast

BZE Interviewer: Anthony Daniele

Interview was recorded on: 6 July 2016

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

31 Oct 2016|Technology Show|

The All Energy Conference 2016

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We hear

  • how Tyalgum, New South Wales got off the grid,
  • how Pingala is bringing solar power to remote communities,
  • what Enova is doing up near Byron Bay, and
  • how energy storage came out to save a Californian community when the gas wells leaked.

The Energy Regulator talks tough to laggards in the industry and the President of the World Wind Energy Association mourns the wreckers of opportunity.

These are the leaders of Renewable Investment and Inventiveness whom a Roosevelt would galvanise to work fast together.

Thanks to:

Craig Horne – The Energy Storage Association of USA

Daniel Lawes – Power Diverter

Alison Crook AO – Enova Community Energy It’s YOUR Energy Company

Kacey Clifford – Tyalgum Energy Project

April Crawford-Smith and Tom Nockolds – Pingala

Mark Williamson – The Energy Regulator

The Hon Peter Rae AO – President of the World Wind Energy Association

Alexandra Campbell – Avoca Capital Advisors

Lane Crockett – Impact Investment Group

Further Reading:


31 Oct 2016|Community Show|

The Engineer and the Ecologist

This show was broadcast on Mon 24th October 2016.screen-shot-2016-08-11-at-2-29-00-pm

Today we hear from:

  • Adjunct Professor David Hood AM (pictured), Deputy Chair of BZE and engineering academic at Queensland University of Technology on buildings, BZE and Mozambique.
  • Daryl Tonkinson, Grasslands ecologist and manager, Ballarat, Victoria, on carbon farming on the region’s basalt plains. 

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29 Oct 2016|Community Show|

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

BZE Community Radio Show: 10 October 2016: Podcast:


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.

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Beyond Zero Emissions interviewer: Vivien

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

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09 Oct 2016|Community Show|

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

BZE Technology Radio Show: 7 Oct 2016: Podcast:

Dylan McConnell of the Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne, discusses South Australia’s recent state-wide blackout following once in 50-year storms. It is extraordinary! Politicians and some media have been claiming that the state’s wind generators caused the blackout.

Beyond Zero Emissions
Radio 3CR in Melbourne

Further reading

Links to numerous articles authored by Dylan McConnell in The Conversation

We don’t know why South Australia’s wind farms stopped working, so hold off on the blame game
(The Conversation: 7 Oct 2016: McConnell)

What caused South Australia’s state-wide blackout?
(The Conversation: 29 Sep 2016: McConnell)

Dylan McConnel Twitter


Winds of change: SA wholesale electricity market developments

Key words

Electricity grid, Storms, wind energy, renewable energy, transmission lines, blackout, targets

07 Oct 2016|Technology Show|