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100 Climate Conversations: Heidi Lee Beyond Zero Emissions

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Accelerating the uptake of renewable energy while aiding the transition for workers is a vital step in addressing the climate crisis. CEO of think tank Beyond Zero Emissions and former architect Heidi Lee leads industry and government plans for a just transition away from fossil fuels, demonstrating economic potential for industries, regions and communities.

Heidi Lee will be in conversation with journalist Yaara Bou Melhem, recorded live at Powerhouse as part of 100 Climate ConversationsExternal link icon. Entry is free, but bookings are essential as places are limited.

100 Climate Conversations is a two-year survey of visionary Australians who are accelerating the net zero carbon revolution. To find out more and subscribe to the podcast visit


Heidi Lee was appointed chief executive of think tank Beyond Zero Emissions in 2020. Beyond Zero Emissions’ independent research and innovative solutions show how Australia can prosper in a zero-emissions economy. Its 2020 publication, Million Jobs Plan, lays out a plan for how renewables and low emission projects could deliver 1.8 million new jobs around Australia in the next five years. Lee, a former architect, is an expert in sustainable buildings and urban design. She is passionate about low emission, locally made materials that can diversify and strengthen the local manufacturing sector.

Yaara Bou Melhem is a Walkley award-winning journalist and documentary maker who has made films in the remotest corners of Australia and around the world. Her debut documentary feature, Unseen Skies, which interrogates the inner workings of mass surveillance, computer vision and artificial intelligence through the works of US artist Trevor Paglen, was screened in competition at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival. She is currently directing a series for the ABC and is the inaugural journalist-in-residence at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas working on journalistic experimental film.



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Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

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22 September 2023


Doors open at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. No late admittance.


We encourage visitors with accessibility requirements to contact us via or (02) 9217 0222 for help in planning your visit. We accept Companion Cards.

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