Q&A: APC's new strategic plan a "game changer"

Q&A: APC’s new strategic plan a “game changer”

The Strategic Plan identifies priorities that align with the aims and goals of the Covenant over a five-year period, and will commence on January 1 2017.

Inside Waste News’ Jan Arreza caught up with Australian Packaging Covenant CEO Trish Hyde to talk about the significant update to the APC and what we can expect from this space moving forward.

Inside Waste: What are the significant updates of the APC and the new industry-led five-year strategic plan? Read more

202020 Vision recognised for work in improving urban green space

202020 Vision recognised for work in improving urban green space

According to Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) CEO and 202020 Vision member Peter Vaughan, this collaboration goes beyond just one person or organisation – it’s the biggest urban greening collaboration in all of Australia and it’s great to see the hard work of so many people being recognised.

“It is so important to have a combination of organisations and individuals working together, as you can’t enact positive change unless you’ve listened to as many voices as possible,” Vaughan said. Read more

A solar Christmas comes early for the Ronald McDonald House

A solar Christmas comes early for the Ronald McDonald House

The installation is a collaborative effort between Dynamic Solar, Trina Solar, Tigo Energy, and Solar Justice.

According to partner at Dynamic Solar Leah Tinson, the installation of the solar system will allow Ronald McDonald House to redirect where they are spending their dollars into sometime more useful.

“Ronald McDonald House services a huge percentage of NSW children who are unwell – particularly in the area of mental health issues, in which they service something like 86% of NSW,” Tinson said.  Read more

Peninsula sports reserve's solar-powered pressure sewer trial a success

Peninsula sports reserve’s solar-powered pressure sewer trial a success

The Peninsula ECO project involves the connection of more than 16,500 properties on the Mornington Peninsula to an intelligent pressure sewer network that is able to cope with the region’s peak season usage, while also tackling the issue of failing septic tanks that can cause pollution of ground water and waterways.

With Morning Peninsula Shire Council facing repairs to an ageing septic tank system serving the reserve’s busy club rooms, SEW saw an opportunity to showcase its solar powered pressure sewer technology, which uses solar PV panels as the source of energy for the pressure sewer pump and OneBox controller. Read more

Growing a sustainable biogas sector in Australia

Growing a sustainable biogas sector in Australia

Last month, Australia hosted its first meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 37: Energy from Biogas.

The group seeks to promote the deployment of anaerobic digestion (AD) technology for renewable energy production and environmental protection, and the provision of expert scientific and technical support to policy makers in member countries.

Globally, there is no single driver for the production and utilisation of biogas. Read more

MAR system trials aim to enhance water security and sustainability

MAR system trials aim to enhance water security and sustainability

Golder is working with clients in New Zealand’s North and South Islands on the MAR trials, which focuses on conjunctive management of ground and surface water at the catchment-wide scale.

Drought is estimated to cost the Australian economy $6.3 billion a year, and the pilot studies are showing potential long-lasting benefits for drought-hit large-scale water users, farmers, and the greater community across Australasia. Read more

Kalbarri to improve grid reliability with microgrid project

Kalbarri to improve grid reliability with microgrid project

The proposed microgrid by Western Power would include a large-scale battery with a minimum capacity of 2MW/h, as well as renewable generation sources such as the Kalbarri wind farm, and rooftop solar on Kalbarri households.

According to Energy Minister Mike Nahan, Kalbarri was chosen because of its reliability issues stemming from being on the end of a very long feeder line.

“Kalbarri is a very popular tourist spot – the population always goes up and down, but it is at the end of a 140km power line that has issues,” Nahan said. Read more

Disrupting renewable energy for the property sector: Nu-tility

Disrupting renewable energy for the property sector: Nu-tility

Aspiring to effectively become a one-stop-shop for landlords and tenants looking to drive down building costs and operations, the business was started in 2014 by co-founder’s Daniel Barber and Toby Greenane.

The duo combine technologies, products and services – including energy audits, lighting upgrades, energy storage, and solar panel installations – to help clients reduce and manage their energy needs. Read more

Veolia assists Sydney Markets with becoming greener

Veolia assists Sydney Markets with becoming greener

Sydney Markets generates 12,000 tonnes of waste a year, and the increasing cost of waste disposal was a primary motivator in encouraging the markets to look at doing things differently.

Over the past decade, both organisations have been working together to find solutions to everything from the market’s general waste and recycling services, trucks and motorised equipment for waste collection and delivery, cardboard recycling, and daily site clean-ups. Read more