Green Box Thinking: Tackling circularity

Green Box Thinking: Tackling circularity

The beautiful infographics make circular economies look easy – screw A goes into hole B and, hey presto, you have a new coffee table. But as anyone who has ever self-assembled furniture can tell you, things can go awry, and in the case of circular economies there are significant fracture points. Let’s start with packaging …
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Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

B Corp certification recognises purpose-driven businesses that run with the highest level of transparency and accountability, and are committed to improving social and environmental conditions for all. B Corps are driven by the value they add to the wider community and not-for-profits which operate at a higher social and environmental level, while considering and being …
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Mobile Conversations: How old is my mobile phone?

Mobile Conversations: How old is my mobile phone?

As the Manager of MobileMuster I take environmental and social issues seriously. I often get asked what mobile device I am using, maybe with the expectation that I should be using the original Nokia 3310 or some other vintage item. That certainly brings new meaning to extending the life of your mobile and avoiding waste. …
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CEFC support for new climate bonds signals growth in renewables investment

CEFC support for new climate bonds signals growth in renewables investment

FlexiGroup has issued a climate bond with an underlying asset base of residential rooftop solar, with the CEFC making a cornerstone commitment of $20 million to the $50 million tranche, which was certified by the global Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). More recently, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has successfully issued its first climate bond – …
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South East Water joins newly formed CRC to boost farm productivity

South East Water joins newly formed CRC to boost farm productivity

The Co-Operative Research Centre for High Performing Soils (CRC-HPS) will bring together 42 organisations from Australia and around the world spanning industry, government, research, not-for-profit, and business sectors to help bridge the gap between soil science and farm management. As the only representative from the water sector, SEW aims to advance soil health in Australian …
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Redback Technologies supplying energy management services in the UAE

Redback Technologies supplying energy management services in the UAE

Duserve FM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai South, an emerging city with an expected population of one million that will be home to what is planned to be the largest international airport in the world. With a focus on setting a global example as a sustainable city, predominantly powered by renewable energy, the …
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Future Focus: Getting from a linear to a circular economy

Future Focus: Getting from a linear to a circular economy

We need to make changes to both, particularly the recycling system, at both the macro and micro level, if we are to grow into a more resilient and sustainable circular economy. In a circular economy, already used materials and products are renewed, reprocessed and integrated back into the economy for overall greater productivity. According to …
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Sydney Markets' environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

Sydney Markets’ environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

The 640kW structure will save 936 tonnes of carbon each year – the equivalent of taking 522 small cars off the road annually – and was built as part of Sydney Markets continued commitment to environmental sustainability. The extension will provide an additional 350 parking spaces in the multi-level car park, as well as a …
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Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra's upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair's LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr's first live smart meter trial on the new network. Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the new network. "These smart meter trials will mean we can get the benefits of Cat-M1, such as low power consumption and deep coverage out to the market even quicker," Wright said. Telstra is the first to complete network software deployment nationally to enable one of the world's largest Cat-M1 IoT footprints, and has commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Australia. According to Landis+Gyr's Australia, New Zealand and South East Asian CEO Adrian Clark, the Cat-M1 technology is absolutely critical for the organisation's smart meters. "Sierra Wireless' modules made it easy to migrate from 3G to Cat-M1 technology seamlessly, allowing us to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of Cat-M1 network features," Clark said. "We are really excited by the results and the role this partnership plays in Landis-Gyr's rollout of the next generation of advanced metering infrastructure." The Cat-M1 network has the ability to connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions and services such as wearables, water meters, agri-sensors, smart appliances, asset monitoring, industrial automation, and more. Cat-M1 technology enables lower cost devices greater breadth and depth of coverage, and up to 10 years of battery life for many use cases, while leveraging the secure existing LTE infrastructure. Senior vice president and general manager of embedded solutions at Sierra Wireless, Dan Schieler, believes the Cat-M1 network makes LTE the superior option for connecting IoT solutions nationwide. "With improved coverage and battery life, the Cat-M1 network will benefit existing applications and enable many new ones," Schieler said. "Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3 form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra's network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to Cat-M1." Utility customers rely on robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollouts, and the Cat-M1 network is perfectly suited for this. When deployed on a 4G network, the solution will continue to be enhanced to significantly extend breadth and depth of coverage, while balancing data speed and latency. Altair's vice president of worldwide marketing and sales Eran Eshed is proud to continue to spearhead wireless IoT semiconductor development with the latest Cat-M1 standards, and looks forward to working with the project partners in this endeavour. "This cooperation with three innovative ecosystem partners enabled the most significant milestone to date on the path to commercial readiness."

Bringing forth the IoT era in Australia

Leading IoT solutions provider Sierra Wireless will deliver modules for Telstra’s upcoming Cat-M1 network using Altair’s LTE platform to enable Landis+Gyr’s first live smart meter trial on the new network. Telstra’s group managing director of networks Mike Wright is excited to be working with their partners to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on the …
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Mobile Conversations: Can social causes motivate us to recycle more?

Mobile Conversations: Can social causes motivate us to recycle more?

You would think that recycling would be a priority for most of us. Not only does recycling help recover much needed precious resources that can be reused, but it also helps us declutter – that in itself will make us feel good. So then why aren’t more Australians recycling? Why are we holding onto old, …
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