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A documentary film about transforming the world's energy systems

Transitioning to a low carbon world economy involves two major undertakings: restoring the biosphere, and transforming the world's energy systems – processes that, if left alone, would take many decades.
No Carbon Nation is an intensive primer on the key technical, regulatory and financial levers used by progressive governments and industries to accelerate the transition.

With appearances by Chris Bataille, Mark Delucchi, James Hansen, Connie Hedegaard, Mark Jaccard,
Sean Kidney, Barack Obama, John Robinson, David G. Victor, and others. Original music.

No Carbon Nation - pathways to sustainable energy

an independent production written, produced and directed by Peter Sircom Bromley
- first online release December 2014

- last updated March 2016
94 minutes

Key concepts
watch this 3.5 minute short


     Video Time Audio
Naderev Sano 00;08;13 In 2015, the Kyoto Protocol was superceded by the Paris Agreement – a framework that includes developing nations. The Paris Agreement saw 188 nations submit emission reduction goals for the year 2030.
However, when added up, those national goals fall short of the science.
Connie Hedegaard 01;21;26 Connie Hedegaard: By showing the good solutions, delivering the good solutions, and by disseminating the best practices, I think that's where we need the industry to engage even more...Because there are so many good solutions out there, but they are not always very much known.
Mark Jaccard 01;05;21 Mark Jaccard: it’s going to be, look you guys, you have an endowment that’s valuable. If we can figure out a way to get that to zero emissions, then let’s do that, or we’ll do renewables, we’ll do whichever one we can do fastest and cheapest, and that gives the best benefit to our jurisdiction.
James Hansen explains taxing fossil fuels 01;30;10 James Hansen: Well the fundamental difficulty is that fossil fuels are presently the cheapest energy. But they're cheapest only because they don't pay for their cost to society. So we should put a tax, a fee, on fossil fuels.


including from people who appear in the film, or who were consulted during development:

"Dense and unrelenting"

"One of the best primers on the climate issue I've seen."

"When you have the final cut, I would encourage discussing distribution with the UNFCCC Secretariat communications people."

"I thought it was really good. Very clear message. Interesting. Need to keep giving the message that this won’t happen without policy."