Veolia’s Danny Conlon details new water treatment plant project

The Mount Piper Power Station (MPPS) provides approximately 15% of NSW’s power, and the Springvale Water Treatment Plant (WTP) will be built under a ‘Build, Own, Operate and Transfer’ contract.

It was commissioned to enhance the quality of mine water discharged, ensure operational compliance in relation to water outflows and most importantly, enable continued operations of both the mine and the power station. Read more

Would I Li to you?

The lithium-ion market was less than 6GWh 10 years ago, yet by 2016 this market was estimated to have surpassed 70GWh and is expected to leap to 223GWh by 2025. China alone, has a target of five million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020, and further sales of around seven million vehicles sold annually by 2025.

Australia is currently the largest producer of lithium, with 14,300 tonnes of lithium extracted last year and home to the world’s largest hard-rock lithium mine, the Talison Lithium Greenbust mine, located in Western Australia. Despite the very clear and growing demand for lithium, very few mining projects globally are shovel ready, although there will be some new hard-rock developments in Australia by 2025. Australia, will for now, continue to be the significant supplier of lithium globally and particularly into China’s conversion industry which relies on hard-rock. However, with new countries such as Argentina now supplying the markets and new technologies with lithium from brine production (which is more cost-effective), where will that leave Australia? Read more

Efficient, low carbon energy could reduce Australia's reliance on gas

Efficient, low carbon energy could reduce Australia’s reliance on gas

The Solving the gas crisis: A big problem deserves a big solution report found that the national demand for gas could be reduced by 321PJ (petajoule) by 2030 through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and by switching to low carbon energy sources in industry and buildings.

It is expected that doing this could meet up to 70% of the projected gas supply shortfall of 465PJ by 2030, while lowering energy costs for all gas users. Read more

Where we're at with the NSW CDS

Where we’re at with the NSW CDS

While the map is now up – there were concerns a week ago about the lack of details –  there are still some questions on who will or should profit from the scheme.
Who should profit? 

Questions have been raised about which entity should be eligible to earn the refund values, MRFs or C&I waste collectors, as this is not factored into the MRF protocol. Read more

NSW needs fresh e-waste definition

NSW needs fresh e-waste definition

In December 2016, in Glassborow’s Inside Waste Legal Eagle column, she raised the problems caused by a lack of a statutory definition of e-waste. Since the article was published, there has still been no progress on the regulation of this unique waste stream.

Khoury has recently also spoken out, requesting that the NSW EPA provide a clear definition of e-waste as e-waste should be defined as a Special Waste within the NSW Waste Classification Guidelines. Read more

$5m invested for global knowledge sharing in renewables

$5m invested for global knowledge sharing in renewables

The Australian government, through ARENA, has provided $5 million to the International Engagement Program (IEP) to support knowledge sharing about renewable energy technology with researchers and industry leaders around the world.

The program’s focus will be to accelerate innovation in research and technology development and drive the commercialisation of Australian renewable energy technologies.

“The IEP is a gateway to opportunity,” said Ivor Frischknecht, ARENA chief executive. Read more

Legal Eagle: First unfair contract terms court case by the ACCC

Legal Eagle: First unfair contract terms court case by the ACCC

Back in November 2016, new legislation was passed with the intent to protect small businesses from unfair terms in business-to-business standard form contracts.

Contracts for the supply of goods and/or services will amount to a “small business contract” if, at the time of entering into the contract:

  • the counterparty is a business employing fewer than 20 people; and
  • the upfront price payable under the contract is no more than $300,000 or $1 million if the contract is for more than 12 months.

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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