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Progress to 100% renewable energy in Victoria

Progress to 100% renewable energy in Victoria

These are ambitious targets and the following questions need to be asked:

  1. Are these targets being aimed for elsewhere?
  2. If so, what progress are these other countries making toward achieving these targets?
  3. In those countries what are the distinctive developments that are allowing such progress to be made?
  4. Does Victoria have similar policies, programs and progress to allow these goals to be met?
  5. What real actions are needed in Victoria to improve the chances of meeting these targets and goals?

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Future Focus: Getting from a linear to a circular economy

Future Focus: Getting from a linear to a circular economy

We need to make changes to both, particularly the recycling system, at both the macro and micro level, if we are to grow into a more resilient and sustainable circular economy.

In a circular economy, already used materials and products are renewed, reprocessed and integrated back into the economy for overall greater productivity.

According to the National Waste Report 2013, for the period between 2010-11, around 40% of what we produced and used in Australia went to landfill or incineration. Read more

The state of the waste data

The state of the waste data

The SOE concludes that: “Despite an overall increase in waste generation, Australia’s total disposal tonnage decreased from about 21.5 megatonnes to about 19.5 megatonnes (about 9.5%) between 2006-07 and 2010-11. During this period, the resource recovery rate in Australia increased from 51% to 60%. The quantity of material recycled increased significantly from 21.4 megatonnes to 27.3 megatonnes per year, or by about 27%.” (Australian State of the Environment 2016, p.90) Read more

Sydney Markets' environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

Sydney Markets’ environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

The 640kW structure will save 936 tonnes of carbon each year – the equivalent of taking 522 small cars off the road annually – and was built as part of Sydney Markets continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

The extension will provide an additional 350 parking spaces in the multi-level car park, as well as a new 4.5 tonne goods lift.  Read more

Building a clear vision for waste and resource recovery infrastructure

Building a clear vision for waste and resource recovery infrastructure

One issue that should be high on the public and government agenda, which requires further debate and discussion is who really is responsible for the provision and planning for waste and resource recovery infrastructure in Australia?

Increasingly, we hear “let’s leave it to the market”. Is this, however, really the right approach, given the importance of waste and resource recovery facilities for both public health and amenity, as well as the need for these facilities to support the urban growth predicted by governments in almost all Australian states? As we all know, if there is ever an industry that encounters NIMBYism, it is this industry. So, is it really appropriate for government to simply “leave it to the market”? Read more

Inside Waste (Feb): A tight race to the top

Inside Waste (Feb): A tight race to the top

Six years ago, Inside Waste launched the annual review and over that time, it’s been a process of constant refinement.

If you have followed the review since its inception (thank you for your support!), you’ll notice that this year, the survey was only sent to non-consultants, meaning consultancies big or small were not allowed to participate. Firms that slipped through the cracks were removed at the end of the survey. Read more

Waste Opportunist: The salt of the earth

Waste Opportunist: The salt of the earth

In January 2015, Queensland began exporting Coal Seam Gas (CSG, otherwise known as coal bed methane) to Asian markets. The volumes with these exports are expected to realise 1400BCF in 2017 alone, and combined with gas (including off-shore conventional gas) developments in Western Australia and the Northern Territories, are expected to ensure Australia’s elevation to be the world’s leading exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by 2020.  Read more

Green Box Thinking: Outcomes from the APC think tank

Green Box Thinking: Outcomes from the APC think tank

Say the word green to most people and they think of trees, the environment, the earth, and sustainability.

However, before you reach for a tree to hug, we need to challenge this belief.

Dr Leyla Acaroglu (2016 UNEP Environment Champion of the Earth), speaking at the Australian Packaging Covenant’s (APC) inaugural Packaging Sustainability Think Tank last month, reinforced the true meaning of sustainability. Read more

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra's upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair's LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr's first live smart meter trial on the new network. Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. "These smart meter trials will mean we can get the benefits of Cat-M1, such as low power consumption and deep coverage out to the market even quicker," Wright said. Telstra is the first to complete network software deployment nationally to enable one of the world's largest Cat-M1 IoT footprints, and has commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Australia. According to Landis+Gyr's Australia, New Zealand and South East Asian CEO Adrian Clark, the Cat-M1 technology is absolutely critical for the organisation's smart meters. "Sierra Wireless' modules made it easy to migrate from 3G to Cat-M1 technology seamlessly, allowing us to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of Cat-M1 network features," Clark said. "We are really excited by the results and the role this partnership plays in Landis-Gyr's rollout of the next generation of advanced metering infrastructure." The Cat-M1 network has the ability to connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions and services such as wearables, water meters, agri-sensors, smart appliances, asset monitoring, industrial automation, and more. Cat-M1 technology enables lower cost devices greater breadth and depth of coverage, and up to 10 years of battery life for many use cases, while leveraging the secure existing LTE infrastructure. Senior vice president and general manager of embedded solutions at Sierra Wireless, Dan Schieler, believes the Cat-M1 network makes LTE the superior option for connecting IoT solutions nationwide. "With improved coverage and battery life, the Cat-M1 network will benefit existing applications and enable many new ones," Schieler said. "Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3 form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra's network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to Cat-M1." Utility customers rely on robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollouts, and the Cat-M1 network is perfectly suited for this. When deployed on a 4G network, the solution will continue to be enhanced to significantly extend breadth and depth of coverage, while balancing data speed and latency. Altair's vice president of worldwide marketing and sales Eran Eshed is proud to continue to spearhead wireless IoT semiconductor development with the latest Cat-M1 standards, and looks forward to working with the project partners in this endeavour. "This cooperation with three innovative ecosystem partners enabled the most significant milestone to date on the path to commercial readiness."

Bringing forth the IoT era in Australia

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra’s upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair’s LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr’s first live smart meter trial on the new network.

Telstra’s group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. Read more

Legal Eagle: Resource recovery orders and exemptions - how do they work?

Legal Eagle: Resource recovery orders and exemptions – how do they work?

Currently, there are two separate types of documents that set out the strict conditions required to be met before specific types of waste can be used for a particular purpose. These are called resource recovery orders and resource recovery exemptions which are made under clauses 91 to 93 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (NSW).

Resource recovery orders outline conditions that must be met by generators and processors of waste in order to lawfully supply recycled waste for the purposes of land application, use of the waste as fuel or in connection with a process of thermal treatment. Resource recovery exemptions set out the conditions that must be met by consumers and receivers of recycled waste who wish to apply this waste to land, or use the waste as fuel or in connection with a process of thermal treatment. Read more