Biogas: The ugly duckling of renewable energy

Biogas: The ugly duckling of renewable energy

While the golden children of the renewables sector – wind and solar, will likely take the early glory and admiration of the public, many questions remain as to which other technologies will fill the void. While it’s widely known that wind turbines don’t produce power with no wind, and solar panels don’t produce power without …
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Blockchain P2P trading to support transition to a distributed energy future

Blockchain P2P trading to support transition to a distributed energy future

Using blockchain-enabled peer-to-peer (P2P) trading to support this transition could be one of the solutions to those challenges, argued David Martin, co-founder and managing director of Power Ledger, during his keynote address at the All-Energy Conference in Melbourne. According to Martin, the system that we’ve designed and the plans for the systems that we have …
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Framing Australia's climate policy and energy mix

Framing Australia’s climate policy and energy mix

Led by RepuTex head of research Bret Harper, the webinar event discussed the proposed design of energy and climate policy to meet Australia’s 2030 target, including discussion on the recent Framing Australia’s Energy & Climate Policy Mix to 2030 White Paper, and the RepuTex Energy & Climate Policy (ECP) Tool. According to Harper, the Australian energy …
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Absence of waste issues in draft plan "beyond belief"

Absence of waste issues in draft plan “beyond belief”

Released last week, ShapingSEQ seeks to “promote the things that SEQ residents value like a connected region, affordable housing, protecting our natural environment and our unique lifestyle”. It notes that by 2041, SEQ’s population is expected to have increased by two million people. “One of the most important issues facing South East Queensland is the provision of …
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The problem of illegal dumping

The problem of illegal dumping

Case study: refining the definition of waste Clients regularly ask MRA why they need a waste licence for an activity which on the face of it might not look like waste processing. Recent Land and Environment Court (LEC) and Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) decisions have clarified the meaning of “waste” in NSW and it …
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Giving insights into what prompts significant change in water management

Giving insights into what prompts significant change in water management

Wastewater infrastructure enables cities to develop economies to grow and communities to thrive, but is also a major source of global greenhouse gas emissions – primarily due to inherent inefficiencies. According to a new research paper by Xylem, Australian provider of water and wastewater solutions, the answers to some of these challenges are already available today, with …
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Top tips for planning recycling communications

Top tips for planning recycling communications

The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) was faced with this challenge after being awarded funding to deliver a set of five region-wide waste campaigns across its population of 1.6 million people, including one focused on improving household kerbside recycling. SSROC planned to commission an agency to develop strong marketing and communications strategies for …
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Insights into GHD's transformational engineering projects in WA

Insights into GHD’s transformational engineering projects in WA

The project diverts water from Bayswater Brook into the reconstructed wetland, which passively treats the water and reduces pollutants flowing into the Swan River. The project is expected to prevent 1.35t of nitrogen, 200kg of phosphorous, and around 40t of sediment and other rubbish from entering the river. Key considerations and advice (technical/technology/processes, etc) provided …
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Building momentum to drive improvement

Building momentum to drive improvement

Come October, Venhoek will celebrate his first anniversary as CEO of Suez in Australia and New Zealand. He told Inside Waste he “really liked” Australia’s ambition and drive, as well as the acknowledgement from clients, stakeholders, and colleagues that the industry could change for the better. Venhoek is an industry veteran, entering the sector in 1992 after …
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Industry "blindsided" by waste tracking charges

Industry “blindsided” by waste tracking charges

The charge is associated with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Connect service launched last month. Connect includes the ability to track waste online, which Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said would make it more efficient for operators to lodge regulated waste transport data and track their operations in an easy-to-use online platform. The department …
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