Beyond Zero Emissions


On Wednesday 6th November Kiama's Ss Peter and Paul Social Justice Group, together with Transition Towns Kiama, hosted a presentation by Gillian King from Beyond Zero Emissions, which explained a fully costed blue-print for Australia's transition to 100% renewable energy.

Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. is a not-for-profit research and education organisation known for its work designing and implementing a zero emissions economy for Australia. It's goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based, emissions intensive, economy to a 21st-century renewable-energy-powered clean-tech economy.

Through the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) research project, BZE is encouraging climate change policy that is in line with the latest science. By sharing this research with thousands of Australians via its public engagement program, BZE is engaging, educating and inspiring the community with real solutions to climate change. In partnership with the University of Melbourne's Energy Institute, BZE has published the Stationary Energy Plan, a fully costed transition plan for getting Australia to zero emissions in ten years using commercially available technology. Research in progress includes zero carbon buildings, transport with High Speed Rail, land use for carbon storage, industrial processes and export industries.

The BZE plan is AMBITIOUS and ACHIEVABLE; CLEAR and AFFORDABLE. It needs commitment from our policy makers with community backing

They are involved in the following activities:

  • research
  • education
  • transition planning
  • corporate education
  • network building
  • solutions development

The findings of the most current science, shows that we have already allowed climate change to go too far, and must act immediately to reduce our levels of greenhouse gas emissions to zero and below.

The Social Justice Group and Transition Towns goal was to provide accurate information for the community and a knowledge base for the community to argue the case with the policy makers for a carbon emission free Australia. The 70 people from the community were enthusiastic and engaging. The formal presentation was followed by another hour of questions and discussion and finally a short summary of some local power generation initiatives.