Awards and Recognition

Beyond Zero Emissions, our researchers, members and volunteers, have been recognised with a series of local and international awards.

2019 Premiers Sustainability Awards

We won the inaugural Environmental Volunteering Award at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards (Victoria). The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. The group of volunteers who helped produce our Electrifying Industry report showing that manufacturers can replace fossil fuels with renewable electricity and eliminate up to 8% of Australian emissions.

Prospect Think Tank Awards 2018

We won Best International Energy and Environment Think Tank 2018 for our Rethinking Cement report.

The awards, run by the UK’s Prospect Magazine, have been running annually since 2001 to recognise of the important and influential work carried out by Think Tanks around the world.

In their assessment, the judges noted that the report was “innovative, focussed and extremely well written” and referred to BZE as “a think tank from Australia who did a great job looking at what sounds like a narrow field, but finding enormous importance in there”.

Lauder Institute Think Tank ranking

Beyond Zero Emissions is one of only six Australian think tanks to be recognised by The Lauder Institute at University of Pennsylvania in 2017’s Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

We were ranked 50th out of more than 6500 international think tanks, among other high-profile Australian organisations such as the Grattan Institute and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

This index helps academics, journalists, donors and the public connect to the leading centres of public policy research around the world. The Lauder Institute conducts research into the role played by organisations and institutes play in governments and in civil societies around the world and publishes its annual index.

This recognition is a wonderful acknowledgement for our climate solutions research and advocacy, our staff, our large network of volunteer engineers and scientists, our research partners and our donors.

For information about the Go To Think Tank Index see www.gotothinktank.com.

2017

50th in Global Best International Think Tanks
25th in Global Think Tanks to Watch in 2018

2016

52nd in Global Best International Think Tanks
16th in Global Think Tanks to Watch in 2017

2015

In the list of Global Best International Think Tanks (rankings not applied in 2015)
6th in Global Think Tanks to Watch

2014, 2013

Listed in Global Think Tanks to Watch

Green Lifestyle Awards 2014

Beyond Zero Emissions was the Winner – Business Not-for-profit at the Green Lifestyle Awards in 2014 in recognition for the BZE’s plans for a high speed rail network around Australia.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Caitlin Howlett – Editor of Green Lifestyle magazine which runs the award – said: “Beyond Zero Emissions has recently developed plans for a high speed rail network around Australia that is 30 billion dollars cheaper than previous plans, and would cut carbon emissions from travel along the east coast by 30 per cent a year. So what they’re doing is pretty important work.”

“Beyond Zero Emissions has recently developed plans for a high speed rail network around Australia that is 30 billion dollars cheaper than previous plans, and would cut carbon emissions from travel along the east coast by 30 per cent a year. So what they’re doing is pretty important work.”

NSW Nature Conservation Council Award 2014

In 2014, the NSW Nature Conservation Council recognised Beyond Zero for its community-based work with an award, including a $1000 donation from Australian Ethical Investment, for activating the “most inspiring climate action initiative by a climate change community group.”

The Council described Beyond Zero Emissions as “creating a paradigm shift amongst the public and political leaders at all levels…showing that a zero emissions vision is not only desirable, but possible.”

BZE is “creating a paradigm shift amongst the public and political leaders at all levels…showing that a zero emissions vision is not only desirable, but possible.”

Wild Magazine Environmentalist of the Year 2011

BZE Executive Director Matthew Wright was Wild Magazine’s recipient of Environmentalist of the Year 2011 – an honourable achievement that places Matthew alongside Tasmanian author Geoff Law and The Wilderness Society’s Vica Bayley.

Wild Magazine’s Jane O’Connor said they look for a person who encapsulates passion for the wild:

“We looked for someone who had that big picture approach regarding effects on the entire environment. Matthew was awarded not only for the organisation’s zero carbon work, but because he is a fan of the great outdoors himself!” Jane said.

Mercedes Benz Environmental Research Award 2010 – finalist

BZE’s Stationary Energy Plan was selected as a finalist in the Banksia Foundation’s prestigious Mercedes-Benz Australia Environmental Research Award, 2010.

The award is presented to the submission that has been deemed to demonstrate significant contribution to understanding, or resolving local or global environmental problems, through high-quality research.

The Stationary Energy Plan details how Australia could be emissions free for its energy sector in a decade if it chooses.

Find out about the Banksia Foundation’s Sustainability Awards at http://banksiafdn.com/awards

 

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Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is an internationally recognised climate change think tank, providing independent and ambitious climate change solutions for Australia.

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