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2019 Winner - Environmental Volunteering

Electrifying Industry Volunteer Working Group

Electrifying Industry

Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) is a small research organisation that engages expert volunteers to produce and promote independent, innovative research solutions demonstrating that a zero emissions Australia is achievable and affordable.

Its report, Electrifying Industry, is a world-first that shows how to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing.

Electrifying Industry is influencing the wider community and industry about the environmental benefits of using renewable electricity to eliminate emissions. It is available for free download from BZE's website and is licensed under Creative Commons.

This project demonstrates the capacity of volunteers to undertake a major research project with significant social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Many more volunteers have been engaged in disseminating the report to the community via discussion groups, community radio shows, podcasts and events.

The groundbreaking report demonstrates that by electrifying industry, Australia can eliminate up to 8% of national emissions. The cost of solar and wind energy has fallen to a level where any manufacturer can reduce power bills and reduce emissions by switching to renewables and using electricity to power any industrial process.

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Environmental Volunteering finalists 2019