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The purpose of the consultation paper is to consult industry on the proposed changes to the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014 (NSW) (Waste Regulation). As many would be aware, the introduction of this legislation in 2014 was meant to “provide a level playing field for waste operators” but it is widely thought that this was not achieved.
The proposed amendments are promoted as being required to address the ongoing concerns in the construction and demolition waste sector and to meet the objectives of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) (POEO Act). Whilst the EPA has branded the proposed changes as being for the construction and demolition waste sector, it is apparent that, if legislated, the changes will extend to the operations of many more industry waste sectors. Read more
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With the climate warming before our eyes, it’s clear that climate change is happening – with annual global greenhouse emissions continuing to rise, or at best starting to stabilise.
It’s going to get significantly worse before it gets better, given the long time (many hundreds of years in some cases) that greenhouse gases linger in the atmosphere. Read more
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Manning, who chaired day one of the Waste Management Association of Australia’s (WMAA) national energy from waste conference on October 25 and 26, will be speaking at the Bioenergy Australia Conference in Brisbane this month on the potential for EfW in Australia.
She said her message to the delegates at the forthcoming conference will reiterate the consistent themes, topics and messages relayed at WMAA’s event. Read more
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The researchers were originally attempting to make a material called grapheme but failed because they did not have the correct equipment.
Instead, they created another new hybrid material consisting of tiny spikes of carbon and copper spears on a surface of silicon, only a few atoms thick.
According to ORNL’s Adam Rondinone, lead researcher on the project, the new catalyst was discovered somewhat by accident when they were trying to study the first step of a proposed reaction, and instead realised that the catalyst was doing the entire reaction on its own. Read more
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While the golden children of the renewables sector – wind and solar, will likely take the early glory and admiration of the public, many questions remain as to which other technologies will fill the void.
While it’s widely known that wind turbines don’t produce power with no wind, and solar panels don’t produce power without sunlight, what’s not widely understood is the potential for the ugly duckling of the renewable energy litter – biogas, to prove itself indispensable in providing a base load power supply. Read more
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Using blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer (P2P) trading to support this transition could be one of the solutions to those challenges, argued David Martin, co-founder and managing director of Power Ledger, during his keynote address at the All-Energy Conference in Melbourne.
According to Martin, the system that we’ve designed and the plans for the systems that we have set out in front of us are based on a historical and dated view of how the system worked. Read more
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Led by RepuTex head of research Bret Harper, the webinar event discussed the proposed design of energy and climate policy to meet Australia’s 2030 target, including discussion on the recent Framing Australia’s Energy & Climate Policy Mix to 2030 White Paper, and the RepuTex Energy & Climate Policy (ECP) Tool.
According to Harper, the Australian energy and climate landscape is witnessing rapid change, and the Paris Agreement’s set target of 26-28% could potentially grow to about 45-65%. Read more
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Released last week, ShapingSEQ seeks to “promote the things that SEQ residents value like a connected region, affordable housing, protecting our natural environment and our unique lifestyle”. It notes that by 2041, SEQ’s population is expected to have increased by two million people.
“One of the most important issues facing South East Queensland is the provision of diverse and affordable housing. The new ShapingSEQ broadens this to include the idea of affordable living. Affordable living is about more than just the cost of a house it’s about how we interact with services and engage with our community,” Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said. Read more
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Case study: refining the definition of waste
Clients regularly ask MRA why they need a waste licence for an activity which on the face of it might not look like waste processing.
Recent Land and Environment Court (LEC) and Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) decisions have clarified the meaning of “waste” in NSW and it is important that people working in the sector understand exactly what the EPA, the legislation, and Courts mean by the term. Read more
On May 12, two proclamations under the Act commenced and 19 newly amalgamated councils began operations, including Armidale Regional Council, the merger of Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councils, Inner West Council, comprising Ashfield, Leichhardt Municipal and, Marrickville Councils, and CanterburyBankstown Council, merging Bankstown City and Canterbury City Councils.
12 merger proposals are pending and the Minister has decided that 14 proposals will not proceed, including Manly, Mosman Municipal and Warringah Councils, as well as Tamworth Regional and Walcha Councils. Read more