BZE Newsletter: February 2018

BZE ranks with the best

Beyond Zero Emissions is now ranked 50th Best Independent Think Tank in the world, and the 25th Think Tank to watch in 2018! This is an amazing achievement that celebrates the impact of our volunteers and donors. Thank you, everyone.

Carbon emissions from cement.

One year ago it was widely accepted that there wasn’t much anyone could do about carbon emissions from cement. Fast forward a year, and Beyond Zero Emissions has demonstrated that a zero carbon cement industry is entirely possible. We’ve started a conversation with hundreds of construction and infrastructure professionals who are now engaged and interested in pursuing low carbon cements.

Rethinking Cement continues to achieve concrete results.
(Disclaimer. I love puns. Rethinking Cement has been a dream come true.)

Last Monday, Beyond Zero Emissions and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia announced the new IS Innovation Challenge. This new challenge will reward infrastructure projects that replace at least 50% of Portland cement with alternative, low carbon cements. This is a big deal, because it provides an incentive for local and state governments to design projects that use low carbon cements. You can read more here.

Legislative threat

This month I’d like to ask for your help.

Beyond Zero Emissions – along with hundreds of Australian charities – is facing a big threat. Federal legislative proposals currently being considered risk tying us up in red tape and silencing us.

It would be wonderful if you could take a moment to help. You could sign the Hands Off Our Charities petition, call or write to your Federal MP, or write a letter to the editor. Every voice will help.

My best regards,

Win tickets to see the film “The Race is On”

The Transitions Film Festival started in Melbourne yesterday, with an inspirational line-up of world-changing films.

To celebrate, we have a double pass to give away to The Race is On screening, Thursday 1st March at 6.15pm – followed by a panel discussion with Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. (Our CEO, Vanessa, is a panel participant.)

For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘win’ page and enter the code MRACEISBZE.

For more info, see

Donate to BZE and keep changing the conversation on renewables!

BZE a leading voice in the electric car debate

We’ve been busy setting the facts straight about electric cars.

Which is vital, because there really should be no debate. Replacing diesel and petrol cars with electric cars is achievable and affordable, and will have many benefits for Australia.

Our CEO penned this article for the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph and joined BZE Radio to discuss the benefits with Senator Janet Rice. Michael spoke with John Faine, and BZE Melbourne hosted a rocking stall at the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) Electric Vehicle Expo.

And a huge shout out to the ATA for running an excellent expo. Around 5,000 people had a great time learning the latest in all things electric, from cars, trucks, scooters and bikes.

BZE Discussion Group in March

Lock the 5th March, 6.30 pm in your diaries to discuss Climate Action! with Ellen Sandell and Rachel Deans.

Where is our effort, time and money most effective?

Ellen Sandell, Greens State MP for Melbourne, holds the portfolios of Climate Change, Energy, Resources, Water and Environment, and is passionate about creating Australia’s clean economy, with targets of at least 90% renewables by 2030.

Rachel Deans of Market Forces is a campaigner, with expertise in working with and empowering shareholders. If you own shares in banks, insurance companies or mining companies, Rachel will show you how to ensure that your money is used to protect, not damage our environment.

Monday 5 March 2018 6:30 – 8pm
Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, Corner of Swanston and Elgin Sts
University of Melbourne

The Hunter Region NSW

We are grateful for our volunteers who are helping communities in the Hunter to lower their carbon emissions:Brian, John, Christine, Kathryn, Steve and Alec.

Former BZE volunteer joins Victorian Parliament

Ms Huong Truong was sworn in as a Member of the Legislative Council for the Western Metropolitan region on Wednesday.

Ms Truong contributed to the Stationary Energy Plan and Energy Freedom. Our congratulations!

Check out our coming events

Want to prove once and for all we don’t need gas?

Our next report Electrifying Industry will show how industry can be powered by renewable electricity, not gas. Every dollar you donate will help us make a huge and positive impact with this report.

BZE current projects are generously supported by:

  • Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation,
  • Hamer Family Fund,
  • Robert Hicks Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees,
  • Pace Foundation,
  • Zeromow,
  • Melliodora Fund (sub-fund of the Australia Communities Foundation),
  • The Mullum Trust,
  • Robin Friday,
  • Stephen Whately,
  • Donations in memory of Jen Bates,
  • Pixel Seed Fund,
  • David Lewis &
  • Our many monthly and occasional donors.

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