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Zero Carbon Australia
Beyond Zero Emissions is developing a detailed, costed blueprint for the transition to a completely decarbonised Australian economy within a decade.
When completed the Zero Carbon Australia Project as a whole (ZCA2020) will consist of:
- 6 individual transition plans covering the 6 sectors of energy, buildings, transport, land use, industrial processes and energy exports (4 plans completed, 2 final plans beginning in 2016)
- Policy Briefs guiding governments to implement the plans
- A technical and project managment blueprint and multimedia resources for implementation by communities at local government level - Zero Carbon Communities (underway in 2016)
- The Zero Carbon Australia book - bringing together the entire Beyond Zero technical and economic vision in a single easy-read publication (publishing in late 2016)
Zero Carbon Communities (2pp 500kb download)
The ZCC project launched in 2015 with the Zero Emissions Byron project.
In ZEB BZE has partnered with the Byron Shire Council and Byron community to create and begin to see implemented a blueprint for a 10year Byron Shire zero carbon transition consistent with and based on the Zero Carbon Australia project. An important outcome will be the collaborations, insights and enhanced capacity available to BZE to then help other local governments and communities go to zero in 10 years.
Renewable Energy Superpower (3Mb download)
• A vision for the Australian economy to become a renewable energy economy
• Will provide an alternative to Australia’s fossil fuel exports
Australia requires a new focus for ongoing prosperity. Enormous investments have been made over the past decade in the extraction and export of emission intensive resources; particularly iron ore, coal and gas to support developing Asian economies. The related effects of fossil fuel based expansion – pollution, poor health, water intensity, volatile costs and global warming – are beginning to diminish the rewards of increasing incomes.
These trade partners, mainly China and India, along with the majority of the world are transitioning to low carbon development. Many of the investments in the extraction of greenhouse gas producing resources are underperforming and may result in significant losses. This investment is still being encouraged and supported in this country despite major financial and ecological concerns.
The world is changing focus and moving away from emission intensive development. It is past time to invest in the solutions to clean economic development so Australia can contribute positively to the global economy in the future.
Australia has the capacity for innovation and implementation through its network of world class universities, CSIRO and other research institutes as well a diverse and capable industry base. In addition to this Australia has a high level of wealth to invest in this transition.
By doing this and refocussing our diverse industries to sustainable goals, these industries, their incomes and employment while reconfigured will also be sustained. This will allow all sectors of the economy and society to continue to prosper.
This report identifes the bind that Australia is in and suggests a transition pathway for a prosperous and sustainable future.
Stationary Energy Plan (8.09 Mb download)
• Launched in June 2010 - Sydney Town Hall with then MP Malcolm Turnbull
• Demonstrates that 100% renewable energy is achievable and affordable
• Designs a fully costed and detailed system of concentrated solar thermal plants and large scale wind farms
• Proves that with commercially available and proven technologies renewable energy can power Australia within 10 years
Download the Stationary Energy Plan (8.4MB). Telephone (03) 9415 1301 to purchase hard copies.
Download the 16 pg synopsis (2MB)
Download the 6 pg preview executive summary
Read what the experts are saying about the plan
Read the Frequently Asked Questions
Buildings Plan (32Mb download)
• Technically detailed and fully costed roadmap to achieving zero emissions buildings within a decade
• World class research in energy efficiency retrofits, onsite renewable energy generation and new buildings standards
• 120 research volunteers currently engaged, including industry participation
• Launched in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane in August/September 2013, Newcastle launch in November 2013.
Download the PDF from the links in the left hand sidebar of this page.
Purchase a full colour hard copy at our online shop.
Energy Freedom for homes - Web - this is the BZE Buildings Plan research appplied to Australian homes
Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry (16Mb download)
• Agricultural emissions can be reduced to zero by maximising carbon sequestration and best practice land use
• Emissions can be reduced beyond zero through carbon storage in forests if left to recover from disturbances such as clearfell logging
• Launched in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in October-December 2014
Transport Plan (in progress)
- Designing a zero emissions transport system
- Solutions including fast rail between state capitals (High Speed Rail report), light rail and other metropolitan public transport, battery electric vehicles and freight transportation
High Speed Rail report - smooth, comfortable and providing convenient city to city access to millions of people up and down the eastern coastline, at a ticket price less than air travel all while paying HSR and rail corridor investors a decent return.
Electric Vehicles - a 10 year transition to battery electric cars and buses powered with 100% renewable energy is already cheaper than you think and getting cheaper.
Industrial Processes (in progress)
• Zero emissions alternatives to the resource intensive industries of steel, aluminium and iron
• Estimated launch date: post 2016
What is the Zero Carbon Australia Project?
The Zero Carbon Australia Project (ZCA2020) is an initiative of Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne's Energy Research Institute and is supported by Climate Emergency Network, (CEN), Climate Positive and many generous Australians from all walks of life.
It is a project to develop a blueprint for the transition to a decarbonised Australian economy within a decade.
The implementation phase of the project - launched in March 2015 with the Zero Emissions Byron projects - is called Zero Carbon Communities.
The ZCA project draws on the enormous wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in the community to develop a blueprint for transitioning Australia to a zero carbon future. Individuals with expertise, knowledge and experience in relevant areas work within a structured process to contribute to the transition plan.
Why do we need it?
The latest and most credible science tells us that such a transition is a necessary step to begin to return to a safe climate.
The guiding principles of Zero Carbon Australia include:
*Australia's energy is provided entirely from renewable sources at the end of the transition period.
*All technological solutions employed are from proven, reliable technology which is commercially available.
*The security and reliability of Australia's energy supply is maintained or enhanced by the transition.
*Food and water security are maintained or enhanced by the transition.
*Australians continue to enjoy a high standard of living.
*Social equity is maintained or enhanced by the transition.
*Other environmental indices are maintained or enhanced by the transition.
Would you like to contribute?
Those wishing to contribute to the project can become a part of one of these working groups, or be part of the support team in different capacities working towards development and promotion of the final report. It is a not for profit project, therefore all contributions are made on a volunteer basis.
The Industrial Processes Plan, Zero Carbon Communities initiative and a Zero Carbon Australia book are the three ZCA projects currently underway.
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Zero Carbon Australia Presentations
Overview of the Stationary Energy Sector Plan given by Patrick Hearps in January 2011 click here to view (slides and audio).
Presentation of the latest Results of the Zero Carbon Australia Project presented by Patrick Hearps to the Australian Academy of Science's Second Earth Systems Outlook Conference in Canberra 2012. Click here bit.ly/TFE7Uq for the audio, video and separate slideshow which contains a brief summary of the Stationary Energy Plan and the latest findings of the Buildings, Transport and Land Use
Zero Carbon Buildings, presented by Richard Denby for the Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group in September 2009, click here to download (8.0 MB).
Many others are available at the Beyond Zero Emissions BZE youtube channel