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Battery power is the answer: Mercedes

Battery power is the answer: Mercedes

The German automaker has made short-term plans to launch and support its F-Cell range of fuel cell vehicles, but in the long term, Mercedes says they are more uncertain, due to hydrogen fuel cell technology losing relevance, and batteries becoming much more capable.

Like many of the other major car manufacturers, Mercedes had invested heavily in hydrogen technology as they worked towards production of zero-emissions vehicles. Read more

Engie announces large-scale renewable projects in Australia and beyond

Engie announces large-scale renewable projects in Australia and beyond

The announcement was made not long after Engie confirmed preparations to shut down their 1500MW Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, with more than 800 set to lose their jobs in March when it closes.

Engie announced in November 2016 that it would shut down the Hazelwood coalmine and power plant in March 2017, as part of a global decision to get out of fossil fuels. Read more

Q&A: Evolution and convergence of tech - changes to look out for in the ICT sector in 2017

Q&A: Evolution and convergence of tech – changes to look out for in the ICT sector in 2017

This is according to Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association’s (AMTA) manager of recycling Spyro Kalos, who spoke to Inside Waste News’ Jan Arreza about what he’s been working on, the current state of Australia e-waste sector, and his expectation for 2017 and beyond.

Inside Waste: What are you currently working on? Read more

Talking shop with Stan Krpan

Talking shop with Stan Krpan

Krpan has spent five years at the helm of SV and is now ready to charge forward in his new term as CEO.

Inside Waste spoke to Krpan to find out what’s in store for SV and the sector as a whole.

IW:  2015-16 was a big year with the release of a number of documents, policies, and the like. What can the sector expect from SV in 2017? Read more

CoR and the waste sector

With maximum penalties set to rise to $3 million for corporations, and $300,000 and up to five years in jail for individuals, participants in the waste supply chain can’t afford to continue to overlook their CoR compliance obligations.

CoR recap

The CoR laws make every party in the waste supply chain responsible for heavy vehicle safety. If a heavy vehicle breach of mass, dimension, load restraint, maintenance or driver speed or fatigue occurs, every person in the chain for that load can be held liable, even if they did not own/operate the vehicle and even if they were not contractually responsible for the particular process which caused the breach. Read more

Managing fly ash from EfW plants

Managing fly ash from EfW plants

Speaking at the Waste Management Association of Australia’s national energy from waste conference in October last year, Reece detailed how geological repositories could be used to manage fly ash and pointed to a rock salt mine in Winsford in England’s north west as a positive example.

Tellus is also in the process of developing two repositories in Australia, one in WA and the other in the NT for the long-term containment of hazardous waste. Read more

Tracking EMRC's WtE journey

Tracking EMRC’s WtE journey

However, EMRC’s director of waste services Stephen Fitzpatrick hopes that the lessons learnt in the process might help others who have the same aspirations to enter the wood waste to energy space.

Fitzpatrick fronted a crowd of delegates in Sydney at the WMAA Energy from Waste national conference in October 2016, speaking about the technological and regulatory considerations EMRC had to go through during the development of the Hazelmere plant.

In March, the plant received environmental approval from the WA EPA. Read more

Sustainable goods could represent $1T market opportunity

Sustainable goods could represent $1T market opportunity

The study suggests that brands that move to promote the sustainability credentials of their products more clearly can tap into the $1 trillion dollar market opportunity, which will be catalysed by a growth in awareness amongst consumers.

The study, performed by Europanel and Flamingo, surveyed 20,000 adults and asked how sustainability concerns affected their shopping decisions and product use. Read more

Ageing kerbside collections

Ageing kerbside collections

The stats

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys information from people with disability, carers and older people to determine not only how ageing impacts a person’s life, but how the combination of age and other factors affect the quality of life a person experiences (see the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers [SDAC]). Within this survey, older people are defined as those aged 65 years or over. Read more