Ramboll advises Kwinana in structuring Australia’s first WtE project

Since 2014, Ramboll has provided consultancy services to Kwinana’s Waste-to-Energy project, which reached its financial close recently on October 17, 2018. Australia’s first large-scale project of its kind, the plant has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 200,000 tonnes per year. The company was instrumental in structuring the project, as well as negotiating the …
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Legal Eagle: Getting tough on polluters and their profits

The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) have recently announced that they have developed a new protocol whereby they will be able to calculate the profits gained by a waste operator who has deliberately not complied with environmental legislation in order to gain significant financial benefit. Under Section 249 of the Protection of the Environment Operations …
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Catalysing new business models

EY’s recent research into best practice product stewardship schemes has lessons for the review of the Product Stewardship Act. The context for product stewardship and waste management has changed dramatically since the Product Stewardship Act came into effect in 2011. As the Australian government prepares to report on its review of the Act, recent global …
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Steward of change: stewardship tools and economic outcomes

Recent pressures on Australia’s waste industry and some local councils reveal thought-provoking views about the desired remedies and solutions. Some of them are well considered, commercially sound and informed; others seem opportunistic and motivated by self-interest. As part of the scramble for solutions, ambitions for achieving a circular economy are to be commended and pursued, …
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Legal Eagle: an EPL checklist

Legal Eagle: an EPL checklist

In this instalment of Legal Eagle, Kim Glassborow goes back to basics, simplifying and breaking down NSW’s Environment Protection Licences (EPLs). First, a brief introduction. What are EPLs? EPLs are regulated under Part 3.2 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act (POEO Act) and are issued by the NSW EPA. EPL condition are specifically …
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The state of waste reform in NSW - a review from the past

The state of waste reform in NSW – a review from the past

Waste and recycling reform is on the move. The federal government has announced it will revive the National Waste Strategy by the end of 2018. Queensland is developing a new strategy linked to its proposed $70/t landfill levy. Victoria, SA and WA are variously developing energy from waste (EfW) and infrastructure policies, CDS and plastic …
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