Everyman's Right Brewery aims to be first carbon-neutral brewer

Everyman’s Right Brewery aims to be first carbon-neutral brewer

The process would see spent grains recycled to produce biogas, which provides energy for future production, with excess biogas used to generate electricity or also used in transportation.

The brewery will also collect and purify carbon dioxide, then recycle it into production. Excess carbon dioxide can be pressurised and sold to third parties.  Read more

New scrap metal laws - are they necessary?

New scrap metal laws – are they necessary?

To recap, if the standards are adopted, every site that stores or handles any scrap metal must comply with the Minimum Environmental Standards in Scrap Metal Industry (PMESSMI) – it will be an offence not to – and meet the following standards:

• all scrap metal (including end-of-life vehicles and white goods) must be stored and dismantled/processed on hardstands under covered areas with appropriate drainage infrastructure; Read more

Dr Steven Lapidge to lead Australia's fight against food waste

Dr Steven Lapidge to lead Australia’s fight against food waste

The CRC plans to achieve its goal by reducing food waste throughout the value chain, transforming unavoidable waste into innovative high-value products, and through engagement with industry and consumers to deliver behavioural change.

Involving 60 participants from across Australia and overseas, the CRC will also align with the National Food Waste Strategy, whose aim is to reduce Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill by 50% by 2030.  Read more

Australia's first NABERS Waste rating accreditation awarded

Australia’s first NABERS Waste rating accreditation awarded

The newly launched NABERS Waste rating compares the waste management and recycling performance of office buildings, measuring how much waste is diverted from landfill as a percentage of the total materials generated by buildings.

In 2017, 580 George Street generated 396 tonnes of waste, of which 44% was diverted from landfill through paper, cardboard, organics, mixed container and e-waste recycling services.  Read more

New guide details best-practice measures to achieve net zero buildings

A special report by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and consultants Norman Disney & Young (NDY) – Energy in Buildings: 50 Best Practice Initiatives – is intended to provide information and raise awareness about initiatives that can help property owners or managers reduce energy costs and cut emissions for their buildings.

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Australia is expected to reduce emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030, and with our built environment being one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions, there has been an increasing focus on making our existing and new buildings more energy efficient. Read more

Steward of change: a review that needs to deliver

Steward of change: a review that needs to deliver

While the public consultation phase of the Product Stewardship Act review is coming to a close, the review continues and at present the outcomes are difficult to forecast.

The Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department) has been seeking input from industry, governments and the general public to ensure the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act) is effective and delivering the best outcomes for business and the environment. Read more

Experts comment on recommendations to ban single-use plastics by 2023

Experts comment on recommendations to ban single-use plastics by 2023

The report did not place any limitations on the scope, meaning that any petroleum-based, single-use plastics could be affected should the government decide to accept the recommendation.

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who chaired the Senate standing committee, said it was a rare display of political consensus across all of the country’s political parties. Read more

Volvo commits to 25% recycled plastic used in cars from 2025

Volvo commits to 25% recycled plastic used in cars from 2025

The push will see the automaker offset its use of new plastic – both in the cabin and elsewhere in the construction of its vehicles – by introducing a greater percentage of reused materials.

The company also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with carmakers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics. Read more