Dr Stephen Bygrave

Beyond Zero Emissions is looking for a new chief executive after Stephen Bygrave was snapped up by the Queensland government to be executive director of climate change in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Acting CEO will be Michael Lord, lead researcher for the organisation.

BZE said that in Dr Bygrave’s time BZE had launched five major research reports, the Energy Freedom and Zero Carbon Communities initiatives, and was named one of the top 10 global think tanks to watch.

The move for Dr Bygrave follows a series of projects by BZE for local councils in Queensland to cut emissions.

Noosa Council last week said BZE experts had started auditing council buildings, waste service, fleet and infrastructure in the hunt for opportunities to reduce emissions.

Mayor Tony Wellington said the local community had enthusiastically embraced the challenge of achieving “ZEN – zero emissions Noosa.

“Councils across Australia are beginning to realise the need for local climate change action to make up for a lack of leadership at the state and federal levels,” Mr Wellington said.

BZE had also worked with Byron Shire, Mitchell Shire and Cairns.

Dr Bygrave was at BZE for three years and starts his new role on 15 August. He has a strong background in climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Qualifications include a PhD in Resource and Environmental Management from ANU and Bachelors of Economics and Science. He is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Science, UNSW Australia.

Dr Bygrave’s work has included designing the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target in the late 1990s and managing Australia’s first major renewable energy and sustainable transport programs, on international climate change issues at the OECD between 2002-04 and as a senior executive setting up the Clean Energy Regulator.

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