Our Key Publications by Date:
These publications describe how Australia can move to zero emissions within ten years. Our research shows that this is achievable and affordable.
Free downloads are available, for all publications except The Energy Freedom Home.
Hard copies of some publications are available from the BZE On-line Shop.
Rethinking Cement is a research report presenting a pathway to zero carbon cement. It is the first part of Beyond Zero Emissions’ Zero Carbon Industry Plan. Rethinking Cement focuses on cement production, the single biggest industrial producer of emissions. Cement production causes 8% of global carbon emissions – more than the global car fleet. The first stage of cement making is to transform limestone (calcium carbonate - CaCO3) into lime [...]
We have developed a guide for communities who want rapid progress towards zero emissions in their local community: the Zero Carbon Communities Guide. It is based on our experience: working with several communities and our extensive Zero Carbon Australia research. Our vision is a rapidly growing network of communities across Australia, working together to achieve zero carbon status. Get a free copy. Steps to a Zero Carbon Community The steps [...]
Australia can move to electric vehicles, powered entirely by renewable electricity, in a decade. It is feasible and affordable, providing environmental, health and economic benefits. (Beyond Zero Emissions Report: August 2016) Get a free Copy . Report Findings: A shift to 100 per cent electric vehicles would eliminate at least six per cent of Australia’s greenhouse emissions. At present, approximately six per cent of Australia’s greenhouse emissions are attributed to [...]
Australia can become a renewable energy superpower. Here's a well-grounded vision for a prosperous Australia. Get a copy. We have the advantages of: enormous amounts of high-quality solar and wind resources, a widespread electricity distribution grid, a skilled workforce and industry sector, capable research organisations: universities and the CSIRO, proximity to large and growing Asian markets a secure, stable society, abundant mineral resources. To grasp this prosperous future, we urgently [...]
A practical guidebook for renovators & builders. Be comfortable, healthy and independent in an efficient home powered by renewable energy. You could wipe out your home energy bills, saving perhaps $2400 every year. That's "energy freedom" in your home! This guidebook is a great resource for people looking to renovate their homes. The information is: Detailed, yet easy to comprehend, Up-to-date (released August 2015), A solid basis for a well-informed [...]
"Carbon Crisis Report: Systemic Risk of Carbon Emission Liabilities." Australia has a 50% chance of systemic economic crisis, caused by ignoring the global shift to clean energy. Get a free copy. Australia’s industry and exports are emissions-intensive. This intensity is a growing economic liability, as the international community strengthens its efforts to limit climate change. Without changing the Australian investment focus towards cleaner energy, the country is on course for [...]
A Fossil Economy in a Changing World: The world is shifting away from fossil fuels and key importers of Australia’s coal and gas are part of this shift. Our policies ignore this, leaving us dependent on continued fossil fuel exports, at risk of: stranded investments, dropping export revenue, and a growing current account deficit. (Beyond Zero Emissions Report: 2014) The Fossil Economy report investigates the expected revenue from Australia’s emissions-intensive [...]
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) or “Clean Coal” has been promised for many years, the favoured option of fossil fuel companies. They have used the promise of CCS to: delay the development of renewable energy, offer hope to the coal industry, and delay action on climate change. Industry claims that CCS is the cheapest way to reduce emissions. This ignores the fact that renewable energy is already cost-competitive, in some [...]
The Zero Carbon Australia Land Use report (2014) outlines research showing how greenhouse gas emissions from land use - agriculture and forestry - can be reduced to zero net emissions within 10 years. Get a free copy. This result is within Australia's capacity in spite of the finding that our agriculture and land use sector is the biggest emitting sector in Australia. This finding is partly explained by the fact that a number [...]
Australia could have a high speed rail from Melbourne to Brisbane within a decade, with 60% of Australians living within 50km of a station: 21 stations linking 18 cities and towns, including Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney & Brisbane, 1,799 km of rail, 81 km of tunnels, and 98 km of elevated sections. (Beyond Zero Emissions: 2014) Get a free copy. The high-speed rail could be running within 10 years and become [...]
There are no technical barriers to achieving zero emissions from Australia's buildings within a decade. The Buildings Plan proposes: energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings, renewable energy generation in many buildings, and replacing gas appliances with electric appliances to end the use of gas (see our fact sheet) (Beyond Zero Emissions Report: 2013) Get a copy. The BZE Buildings Plan: Australia can transform its building stock to reduce energy bills, [...]
There is clear evidence from the international health literature that living near coal mines or coal power stations causes serious harm to people's health. Burning coal is also the single largest cause of global warming, which the world’s leading medical journal, The Lancet, has described as “the biggest health threat of the 21st century”. The Health and Social Harms of Mining in Local Communities: Spotlight on the Hunter Region Report. [...]
Are you sick of hearing: Australia is only a small part of the climate problem! We shouldn’t act before the rest of the world! Our actions won’t make a difference, anyway! The Laggard to Leader report challenges these excuses: It exposes the true extent of Australia’s contribution to the climate problem and demonstrates our extraordinary potential to forge solutions at home and abroad. Australia can influence the future direction of [...]
Port Augusta is a town at a crossroads. Two coal-fired power stations have closed, and people are deciding how to replace them: with Australia's first "solar thermal plants" or a "combined cycle fossil gas plant". The Repower Port Augusta Alliance has developed a solid proposal to replace the coal plants with 6 solar thermal plants and 95 wind turbines. Get a Copy. Repowering Port Augusta using solar thermal and wind will: create [...]
The plan is to provide 100% of Australia's electricity from renewables, using mostly wind and solar generators, geographically dispersed around an improved national grid. It allows for electricity demand in 2020 to be 40% greater than in 2008, sufficient to replace all fossil fuel use, including heating and transport as they move to electricity. The plan shows that this is technically feasible and affordable, will improve grid reliability and can be [...]
Ways of viewing our publications:
- Key Publications with Description by Date
- Key Publications by Sector of the Australian Economy
- Full Publication List
Getting these publications:
- Free downloads are available, via the above links, for all publications except The Energy Freedom Home.
- Hard copies of some publications are available from the BZE On-line Shop.
Our research publications are highly regarded:
BZE has been ranked as one of the “Best Independent Think Tanks” in the world, by the Lauder Institute in Pennsylvania USA.