A balancing act

A balancing act

When WMAA announced Sloan’s appointment in October, the association said it was a “credit to the waste and resource recovery sector that WMAA has been able to attract such a high calibre senior manager to the role”.

The association added that Sloan is a policy expert who has filled senior roles in both government and industry. Read more

How energy from waste can help the Australian generation mix, emissions intensity and network stability

How energy from waste can help the Australian generation mix, emissions intensity and network stability

Whereas previously annual growth in peak demand (the relevant metric for network investment) could be taken as given, consumption which relies on the grid has largely stalled since 2012 due to a perfect storm of improvements in efficient home appliances and lighting, widespread adoption energy efficiency improvements including insulation in existing housing, and rooftop PV installation, improved heating, cooling and water efficiency in new homes, adoption of in-home demand-side management systems, and economy-wide shifts from manufacturing to service industries. (See Figures 1 & 2) 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

Inside Australia's new waste and recycling council - what it is, what it's not and what's next

Inside Australia’s new waste and recycling council – what it is, what it’s not and what’s next

For now, the council comprises five foundation members – Cleanaway, JJ Richards, Remondis, Suez, and Veolia – and convenor Max Spedding told Inside Waste invitations have been sent to seven other companies to join the council.

Inside Waste has received a copy of the invitation, which amongst other things, stipulates that membership will be open to companies that are a financial member of three or more state-based organisations.

“The reason for that is to try to make sure that council members are not state-focused in their business and understand the difficulties in operating across more than one state,” Spedding explained. Read more

Inside Waste (Dec): Boom time for organics

Inside Waste (Dec): Boom time for organics

In the December issue of Inside Waste, now ready for download, Malan says growth is in large part due to the money that is flowing out of state governments. Just last month, the NSW government announced that it was extending its Waste Less Recycle More initiative which received $465.7 million in phase one. $337 million will now be allocated to the levy-funded initiative to take it to 2018.

“The funds are directly flowing to our customers who are getting plant or equipment,” Malan said.

“That’s good news for us because it effectively cuts the price of our equipment and de-risks the project for our customers. 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

Where to from here, WA?

Where to from here, WA?

Bringing together some 25 people, which included CEOs and chairs of regional councils, Keep Australia Beautiful, and private waste operators, the WIA for the first time, offered the sector’s stakeholders an opportunity to speak to the shadow minister about a dozen or so topics and outline their views on the various waste and resource recovery activities in the state.

“From our perspective, it provided opportunities on both sides. One, it gave the shadow minister the opportunity to discuss directly with the heads of industry what it is he’s considering for the waste industry if he were to become the environment minister,” Tim Piper, director at the Australian Industry (Ai) Group, which established the WIA, told Inside Waste. Read more

Security interests gone in the blink of an external administration. Can you fix it?

Security interests gone in the blink of an external administration. Can you fix it?

The Personal Property and Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) has revolutionised the way security interests in personal property (as opposed to land) are treated in Australia.

Security interests and timeframes for registration

Some examples of security interests in personal property include:

  1. Retention of title clauses;
  2. Charging clauses; and
  3. Leases over goods and equipment with a duration of over 12 months.

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