Australia pushes for biofuel increase for billions in economic growth

Australia pushes for biofuel increase for billions in economic growth

The announcement comes as part of a drive from Australia to bring to life a biofuel industry that has been neglected for more than a decade, according to economists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). They state that increasing bioethanol production could play a huge part in lifting the country’s energy security.

“It is clear that biofuels industries can grow economies, particularly in regional and rural areas where there is an abundance of agriculture residue that can be transformed into high-value bio-products,” they add. Read more

New research explores potential of plastics and glass for concrete footpaths

New research explores potential of plastics and glass for concrete footpaths

Recovering and reusing resources is a key focus for the Victorian government and Sustainability Victoria, and as such, has been exploring ways to increase the use of recycled materials in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, railways and footpaths.

“The problem we’ve found is that there have been a lot of recycled plastics and glass bottles that have been stockpiled on sites, to the point that there’s no more room available,” said Swinburne University of Technology’s Dr Yat Choy Wong.  Read more

MobileMuster recycled over a million handsets & batteries in 2017

MobileMuster recycled over a million handsets & batteries in 2017

MobileMuster’s manager Spyro Kalos says that in the past 12 months MobileMuster has collected and recycled 79 tonnes of mobile phone components, including over one million handsets and batteries.

As the industry product stewardship program moves into its 20th year, the mobile telecommunications industry continues to invest and lead the way in product stewardship providing a free take back and recycling service for all mobile phone users, along with retailers, workplaces and local councils within Australia. Read more

ANU study finds 100% renewable energy is Australia's cheapest option

ANU study finds 100% renewable energy is Australia’s cheapest option

Led by ANU’s Andrew Blakers, Bin Lu and Matthew Stocks, the study suggests that with most of Australia’s current fleet of coal generators due to retire before 2030, a mix of solar PV and wind energy that is supported by pumped hydro storage would be the cheapest option for the country moving forward.

According to ANU lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers, the zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar PV technology, with support from pumped hydro storage, and would eliminate Australia’s need for coal and gas-fired power. Read more