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Beyond Zero Emissions

Diversifying The Hunter


Boosting jobs, industry and wellbeing with renewables and clean technology

The Diversifying The Hunter project will empower communities to create their own vision for a renewable, diversified and resilient Hunter Valley

It will also serve as a case study to show how other fossil fuel dependent regional areas of Australia can thrive and benefit from diversifying their economy and taking advantage of the opportunities of a decarbonised economy.


Co-designed by the Hunter community and Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), the aim of this project is to: 

  • diversify the local economy and reduce its reliance on coal
  • empower the Hunter community to set the agenda to accelerate and scale up low-emissions industries, jobs and economic activities and become a clean industry hub
  • develop a zero-emissions economic, social, cultural and environmental plan that details strategies for establishing new industries that can create jobs and generate revenue that matches or exceeds the current coal industry

Why BZE?

BZE has a unique model of creating credible, actionable zero carbon transition plans, and empowering communities to engage with climate action with hope and positivity.

BZE also has an impressive record of success. For example the NT 10GW plan which showed how the NT can grow a local renewable industry, a strategy that creates over 8,000 new jobs and over $2 billion in revenue by 2030. A second example is the Repowering Port Augusta blueprint for replacing coal with solar, galvanised the Port Augusta community to run a five-year campaign.  This resulted in the South Australian Government backing a 100% renewable energy solution for Port Augusta. The blueprint paved the way to energy security, power price stability, increased jobs, emissions reductions and beneficial health and economic outcomes.

Why support this project?

With your support we can:

  • enable the people in the Hunter Valley to have the sustainable future that they desire
  • make the momentum towards renewable-based economic development irresistible and irreversible so that  a zero-carbon economy is seen to be inevitable and the only way forward
  • enable BZE to guide us to a safe climate for a maximum quality of life for all, and 
  • help turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower in the zero-carbon global economy. 

Please help us deliver climate solutions that inspire hope and action. Donate to Beyond Zero Emissions and be a part of our movement.

Meet our team!

Thank you,

Heidi Lee (CEO) and the Beyond Zero Emissions team.



PS... Thanks to your support we’ve had great success, here are just a few of our recent publications:

The Million Jobs Plan - a framework that can restore our economy, modernise our industry, reskill our workforce and deliver a bright and secure economic future.

The 10 Gigawatt Vision -  released last year, showed how the Northern Territory can put renewable energy at the centre of a sustainable growth strategy, creating over 8,000 new jobs and $2 billion in revenue by 2030. 

Electrifying Industry - The report shows how electrical heating can be used in the manufacturing of everyday products such as food, paper, bricks, plastic and steel.

The Zero Carbon Communities Guide - quickly inspired community confidence and action at the local level.

Rethinking Cement - is the world’s first report showing how cement can be decarbonised - generated national interest and support across the construction and infrastructure sector within months of its release.

For a full list and access to Beyond Zero Emissions research (2010 – 2020) please visit our website.

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