History of BZE

Since its formation in 2006, Beyond Zero Emissions has been working to produce research that shows how each sector of the Australian economy can rapidly get to zero emissions using technology that is proven and affordable.


  • We release NT: The 10 Gigawatt Vision, showing how renewable energy can power jobs and investment in the Northern Territory.
  • We release Collie at the Crossroads, Planning a Future Beyond Coal. The report describes how a renewable transition and creating a circular economy can lower costs, diversify WA’s economy and create healthier, more sustainable regions.
  • In partnership with Ironbark Sustainability, we release Snapshot, providing greenhouse gas emission profiles at the municipal level. Through offering a snapshot of local emissions, communities are equipped with the information they need to continue to drive change.
  • Our team of volunteers who helped produce the Electrifying Industry report are recognised by winning the inaugural Environmental Volunteering Award category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards (Victoria).


  • We bring government, manufacturers and allied industries together at our first Electrifying Industry Summit, looking at how renewable energy can improve efficiency and reduce costs for manufacturers.
  • Our latest report is Electrifying Industry, showing how industrial heat can be electrified and powered by renewable electricity.
  • We release the Australian Local Government Climate Review – our assessment into how Australian councils and communities are tackling climate change.  
  • Our Rethinking Cement report is recognised as Best International Energy and Environment Think Tank in the Prospect Think Tank Awards.


  • We publish a guide for communities who want rapid progress towards zero emissions: Zero Carbon Communities Guide.
  • Our pioneering Rethinking Cement report presents a pathway to zero carbon cement in Australia.
  • Lauder Institute names us 50th in their Global Best International Think Tanks and 25th in Global Think Tanks to Watch in 2018 (see Awards and recognition.


  • We show how at least 6% of Australia’s greenhouse emissions can be eliminated by moving to electric vehicles in our Electric Vehicles Report.
  • BZE states support for the Australian government’s Climate Emergency Declaration.
  • We rank 52nd in the Lauder Institute’s Global Best International Think Tanks and 16th in their list Global Think Tanks to Watch in 2017.


  • We release The Energy Freedom Home – a practical guidebook for renovators and builders to creating comfortable and healthy homes powered by renewable energy.
  • Our realistic vision for a prosperous Australia, powered by renewables, is released in the Renewable Energy Superpower Report.
  • In our Carbon Crisis report, we show that Australia has a 50% chance of systemic economic crisis caused by ignoring the global shift to clean energy.
  • Lauder Institute includes us in their list of Global Best International Think Tanks and names us 6th in Global Think Tanks to Watch.


  • We release new research in our High Speed Rail Report, showing how Australia could have a high speed rail connection from Melbourne to Brisbane within a decade.
  • We publish a report showing the potential shortfall in revenue from Australia’s emissions-intensive exports: Fossil Economy Report.
  • In our new report, Carbon Capture and Storage, we explore the promise of “clean coal” and show that renewable energy is already cost-competitive.
  • We appear again in the Lauder Institute’s list of Global Think Tanks to Watch.
  • The NSW Nature Conservation Council recognises BZE for our community-based work with an award and $1000 donation from Australian Ethical Investment.
  • Our plans for a high speed rail network make us Business Not-for-profit winners at the Green Lifestyle Awards.
  • Focusing on the high-emissions agriculture sector, Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry demonstrates how Australian greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and forestry can be reduced to zero net emissions within 10 years.


  • Our Buildings Plan shows how we can achieve zero emissions from Australia’s buildings within a decade through retrofits, renewable energy generation, and replacing gas appliances.
  • BZE is included for the first time in the Global Think Tanks to Watch list by the Lauder Institute.


  • We turn the spotlight on the health implications of burning coal in the Harms of Coal Mining report, about the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
  • We challenge current thinking with our Laggard to Leader Report, exposing the true extent of Australia’s contribution to the climate problem and demonstrating our extraordinary potential to forge solutions at home and abroad.
  • Our influential report Repowering Port Augusta is released, providing a blueprint for replacing two coal power stations with renewable energy.


  • BZE Executive Director Matthew Wright receives the award of Wild Magazine’s Environmentalist of the Year 2011.


  • Our Stationary Energy Plan is shortlisted as a finalist in the Banksia Foundation’s prestigious Mercedes-Benz Australia Environmental Research Award.
  • Our first report, the Stationary Energy Plan, is released, providing a detailed and practical roadmap for Australia to provide 100% of our electricity from renewables.
  • A national conversation about 100% renewable energy starts following the release of Stationary Energy Plan


  • We begin work on the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) plans – initially with the Climate Emergency Network, with generous support from Climate Positive. This develops into a research collaboration between us and the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute.


  • We join the Climate Emergency Network – a collection of climate groups in Melbourne that takes a coordinated approach to climate change science and solutions
  • Our first monthly BZE discussion group takes place in Melbourne to allow for the free exchange of mainly technical climate solutions information and ideas


  • 3CR community radio invites BZE to create live weekly programs. Since then we have broadcast two radio shows each week, featuring many well-known local and global climate education and climate solutions practitioners.
  • Beyond Zero Emissions was established by Matthew Wright and Adrian Whitehead with the guidance of Phillip Sutton.


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