Effective monitoring is key to effective wastewater odour control

Effective monitoring is key to effective wastewater odour control

Spreading urban areas are increasingly occupying what until now have been odour buffer zones that separated houses and treatment infrastructure.

As a result, operators are having to allocate more resources to odour monitoring and control.

A key challenge they face is that most environmental management systems focus only on the collection and storage of information. Read more

Melbourne's tram network to be powered by the sun

Melbourne’s tram network to be powered by the sun

The Victorian government have announced they will run a tender to build the new large-scale 75MW solar power plant, with about 35MW of the new solar farm being linked and used to sufficiently cover the energy needs of the state’s tram network by the end of next year.

It is expected that this venture will deliver about $150 million in new capital investment, create around 300 new jobs, and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80,000 tonnes annually. Read more

Australia's first renewable energy accelerator launches in Sydney

Australia’s first renewable energy accelerator launches in Sydney

Founded by Piers Grove and Nick Lake, EnergyLab is a not-for-profit business that will be located at the University of Technology Sydney’s Chippendale campus.

The program promises to support entrepreneurs striving to commercialise renewable and advanced energy solutions to the national energy crisis.

EnergyLab recently became the recipient of a $120,000 grant from Jobs for NSW, which the state government has tasked with providing $190 million worth of financial support for start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises with a view to generating new jobs. Read more

Ecoult awarded $4.1M to further support transition to renewables based economy

Ecoult awarded $4.1M to further support transition to renewables based economy

The new funding through ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program, will enable it to develop its solar battery monitoring and management systems, and further extend innovations of the CSIRO-pioneered UltraBattery technology.

Ecoult will use the funding to increase the utilised battery range of charge, performance characteristics of energy storage systems, and increase competitiveness via improved measurement, understanding, and management techniques. Read more

CER warns electricity retailers on RET obligations after ERM's "intentional failure"

CER warns electricity retailers on RET obligations after ERM’s “intentional failure”

The decision by the Queensland-based electricity retailer to opt for the fine rather than meet their obligations is the first major act of non-compliance with the country’s renewable energy laws.

According to a Regulator spokesperson, ERM Power risks reputational damage with their hugely disappointing decision to undermine the RET by paying the fine instead of buying certificates of green-power generation, and unfortunately, it could lead to other organisations following suit. Read more

SEW turns to solar for Frankston head office's energy needs

SEW turns to solar for Frankston head office’s energy needs

Officially switched on by member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke at WatersEdge, the 384 panel installation will generate an average electricity output of more than 350kWh per day to help with SEW’s head office operations.

According to SEW managing director Kevin Hutchings, in summer this figure is expected to rise to 30% of their energy requirement during office hours. Read more

CEFC invests $150M into large-scale solar projects in NSW

CEFC invests $150M into large-scale solar projects in NSW

In a joint statement released by both organisations, it said that Prime Minister Turnbull had called on them both to focus on encouraging the development of these projects to help the country transition to a low-carbon electricity market.

During a speech to the National Press Club, Prime Minister Turnbull declared that the key requirements for Australia’s electricity system are that it should be affordable, reliable, and able to help meet national emissions-reduction targets. Read more

Better management of climate risks needs higher standard of disclosure: TCFD

Better management of climate risks needs higher standard of disclosure: TCFD

Today, more companies are looking for guidance on how to incorporate climate change into their financial reporting, existing regulatory frameworks, corporate governance and reporting guidelines.

Recently, Energetics partnered with the Investor Group on Climate Change to host a briefing in Sydney and Melbourne featuring a presentation by Dr Fiona Wood – a member of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and an author of their most recent Recommendations Report. Read more

IKEA achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK

IKEA achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK

In the UK and Ireland, IKEA achieved zero waste to landfill and recycled 90.6% of the 33,944 tonnes of waste produced – with 9.4% being used for energy recovery.

IKEA aims to produce as much energy from renewable sources as the energy it consumes across all operations worldwide by 2020.

According to IKEA’s head of sustainability Joanna Yarrow, sustainable expansion is a key focus for IKEA, and that waste in recent years has become an extra revenue stream for retailer. Read more

Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever commits to 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025

Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said that the company would ensure that “it is technically possible for its plastic packaging to be reused or recycled, and there are established, proven examples of it being commercially viable for plastics re-processors to recycle the material.”

“Our plastic packaging plays a critical role in making our products appealing, safe and enjoyable for our consumers,” Polman said. Read more