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Taking advantage of our city's untapped opportunities

Taking advantage of our city’s untapped opportunities

This is the message from a broad coalition of industry associations and local governments that have developed a new policy framework to realise new sources of energy efficiency and reliability for Australia’s mid-tier building stock, using existing policy levers.

Opportunity Knocks: Accelerating energy efficiency for mid-tier buildings is supported by a broad coalition of industry associations and leading local governments, including the Green Building Council of Australia (GCBA), Property Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), Energy Efficiency Council, Facility Management Association of Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne and CitySwitch. Read more

Three's (good) company

Three’s (good) company

Garwood is a household name in the waste trucks space and many would have seen or used its range of side and rear loaders, including the Dual Pact and Miner. McHugh told Inside Waste the acquisition of these new sweeper brands made sense because it now allows Garwood to offer a full package of equipment, from rear and side load trucks to sweepers.

He added that Garwood has maintained a long and healthy history of collaboration with these brands over the years, pointing to its maintenance and servicing work undertaken for the Schwarze brands over the past two decades. As such, McHugh has always been confident that these companies could do business together. Read more

Are you ready for responsive collections?

Are you ready for responsive collections?

Rubbish bins featuring compactors and fill sensors, powered by solar panels, are on the cusp of widespread deployment across Australia. Densely populated or highly-trafficked councils are leading the way, with the beachside tourist hotspots of Bondi and the Gold Coast joining a spate of recent or ongoing trials.

It’s prompted a sudden boom in Australian smart and solar bin competitors, with players big and small rushing to provide at-source compacting, sensor and telecommunications technology, monitoring software, or a power source of some kind. The concept is well over a decade old, but the slow development of the local market has meant little appetite until recently. Read more

Beyond Plastic Pollution: populism, policy, opportunities discussed

Beyond Plastic Pollution: populism, policy, opportunities discussed

If the takeaway coffee cup sculpture or Globelet’s returnable lanyards and reusable cups weren’t enough to signal this was an environmental conference, the compost bin for food scraps sure did.

Speaking to attendees, the strength of the Boomerang Alliance’s three-day Beyond Plastic Pollution: Pathways to Cleaner Oceans conference was its ability to gather an incredibly diverse range of people working on the issue. NGOs, businesses, industry, community groups and government sectors all gathered, with many a business card changing hands and promising collaborations discussed.  Read more

Steward of change: position vacant - product stewardship commissioner

Steward of change: position vacant – product stewardship commissioner

It’s not just because of resource scarcity. The current review of the Product Stewardship Act is a golden opportunity to put Australia on a more circular footing that will, ultimately, make it more competitive.

If we’re serious about expanding product stewardship and increasing the adoption rate, we need a new approach. Up to now, we’ve seen various stakeholders argue for regulation, while others advocate voluntary programs. It’s clear either way that engaging and enthusing industry is the key and that’s a compelling reason to look at a product stewardship commissioner. Read more

Why a connected home is an efficient home

Why a connected home is an efficient home

We’ve seen rapid innovation of commercial and residential solar solutions over the last few years, with the latest renewable statistics demonstrating a clear and unstoppable trend towards a grid dominated by renewable power.

We’ve seen a proliferation of households install solar solutions over the last five years, and our homes are also becoming smarter through the adoption of intelligent solutions including smart lights, locks and voice-activated systems. Australians are open to making their lives more efficient through innovative and smart technologies and as our homes become smarter, so should our energy systems. Read more

MobileMuster recycled over a million handsets & batteries in 2017

MobileMuster recycled over a million handsets & batteries in 2017

MobileMuster’s manager Spyro Kalos says that in the past 12 months MobileMuster has collected and recycled 79 tonnes of mobile phone components, including over one million handsets and batteries.

As the industry product stewardship program moves into its 20th year, the mobile telecommunications industry continues to invest and lead the way in product stewardship providing a free take back and recycling service for all mobile phone users, along with retailers, workplaces and local councils within Australia. Read more

Rising above the flames

Rising above the flames

In Coolaroo, 19km north of the Melbourne CBD, SKM’s site went up in flames for the third time this year in July, with the most recent fire covering an area about the size of a football field, blanketing much of the city in ash, and taking 11 days for firefighters to bring under control. Experts have put the damage to the plant at about $32 million.

In an attempt to manage these incidents, Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio launched the audit, designed to identify other facilities with dangerous stockpiles of paper and plastic. The government has also increased the power of the state’s EPA, giving the regulator additional interim powers to manage facilities, while a new licencing regime will be introduced to create an additional layer of obligation. Read more

Vector & EnergyAustralia partner to deliver smart metering services

Vector & EnergyAustralia partner to deliver smart metering services

Vector Limited Group chief executive Simon Mackenzie said they’re excited to be working with EnergyAustralia as part of the company’s long-term commitment to the Australian market.

“We pride ourselves on our proven and innovative delivery of advanced metering services in New Zealand and Australia, alongside our huge focus on health and safety,” Mackenzie said. Read more

NB-IoT makes smart metering as easy as connecting to a mobile phone

NB-IoT makes smart metering as easy as connecting to a mobile phone

NB-IoT is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed to enable a wide range of devices and services to be connected using cellular telecommunications bands.

According to managing director of WaterGroup Guenter Hauber-Davidson, these new water meters will play a key role to help water utility managers successfully tackle the huge water loss in Australia.  Read more