Submissions

One of the ways in which we advocate for the climate solutions that emerge from our research is through submissions to public policy.

We contribute meaningful submissions to government consultations and enquiries such as Review of climate change policies discussion paper and Independent Review of the National Electricity. 

RENEWABLE HYDROGEN: AN ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR AUSTRALIA

About the inquiry

Conducted by: National Hydrogen Strategy

Date of submission: March 2019

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Extract:

“Renewable hydrogen – hydrogen made from water and electricity created using the wind and sun – is an enormous opportunity for Australia, with many billions of dollars of investments possible (1).
Domestically within Australia’s future zero-emission economy, renewable hydrogen will be used as a chemical and energy agent in the manufacture of steel, other metals, fertilisers, and other products (2). Further, renewable hydrogen will have some future transport applications in long-haul electric vehicles (for example, freight) equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen fuel – stored on-board – into the electricity needed to propel the vehicle..”

 

 

Inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security

About the inquiry

Conducted by: Australian Government: Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Date of submission: August 2017

BZE submission

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Extract:

“Current Australian research has found that unmitigated climate change will lead to severe humanitarian crises, forced migration, political instability and conflict. The Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, is considered one of the worst affected areas. To mitigate the impact of climate change, Australia can show the way in moving from a carbon intensive economy to a ‘zero carbon economy’. The Zero Carbon Australia Plan by Beyond Zero Emissions and research partner organisations is a series of publications which show how Australia can rapidly decarbonise.”

Further information

Government website: Implications of climate change for Australia’s national security

Review of Australia’s climate change policies

About the inquiry

Conducted by: Australian Government: Department of the Environment and Energy

Date of submission: May 2017

BZE submission

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Extract:

“Beyond Zero Emissions submits that the Australian Government should commit to clear, long term climate change policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, and then reduces atmospheric greenhouse gases to pre-industrial levels.

In 2017 there is demonstrable evidence that our climate system is warming: sea level rises, global temperature rises, warming oceans, shrinking ice-sheets, extreme events, ocean acidification and decreased snow cover.

We agree with the Australian Government’s statement “Climate change is a global issue that requires international action.” To play its part, Australia must achieve its COP21 targets, and commit to new policies and targets that drive a rapid decarbonisation across all sectors of the economy.”

Further information

Government website: Review of Australia’s climate change policies

Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory

About the inquiry

Conducted by: Northern Territory Government

Date of submission: April 2017

BZE submission

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Further information

Government website: Northern Territory Government: fracking inquiry

Review of the National Electricity Market

About the inquiry

Conducted by: Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market was conducted by:

  • the Australian Government
  • Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Dr Alan Finkel

Date of submission: March 2017

BZE submission

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Extract:

“Beyond Zero Emissions submits that the Council of Australian Governments commit to securing Australia’s electricity through a National Electricity Market powered by 100% renewables.

Energy security cannot be considered separately to the other core objectives of the electricity system – affordability and emissions reduction. We need to rapidly secure an energy supply that supports a thriving Australian economy while meeting our international commitment to limit warming to well below 2°C.”

Further information

Government website: Review of the National Electricity Market

Climate Council: Unpacking the Finkel Review, June 2017

Climate Council Fact Sheet: 10 Basic Electricity Facts To Help You Navigate the Finkel Review, June 2017

SA Select Committee on the Port Augusta Power Stations

About the inquiry

Conducted by: South Australian Government

Date of submission: December 2012

BZE submission

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Extract:

“Replacing the coal power plants in Port Augusta with solar thermal power and wind will make Port Augusta a globally significant centre for innovation in an industry that is experiencing exponential growth that is certain to continue.”

Further information

Government website: Port Augusta Power Stations

BZE report: Repowering Port Augusta

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