Call for nationwide mattress recycling
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A survey by not-for-profit mattress recycler Soft Landing Mattress Recycling has found that a majority of Australian respondents would be prepared to pay more when purchasing a new mattress if the retailer collected and recycled their old one. The ‘Mattresses Matter’ Sustainability Survey revealed a high degree of concern about mattress sustainability, with 93% of Australian consumers saying they would be more likely to purchase a new mattress from a retailer that collects and recycles their old one. Of the 1016 people surveyed, 62% said that sustainability was important when purchasing a new ..read more
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Australia failing to act on alternative proteins
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20h ago
When it comes to government support for alternative proteins, Australia is lagging behind other countries, according to recent research from Food Frontier, a Victorian not-for-profit organisation that advocates for the alternative protein industry. The group’s ‘Government support for alternative proteins scorecard’ found that Australia came last out of the 10 countries examined. In contrast, countries such as Singapore, Israel, US and Canada are picking up the pace in supporting the transition towards more alternative proteins, driven by health, environmental and economic benefits. Australia ..read more
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Future Made in Australia needs water to make it happen
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4d ago
McLachlan is urging a whole-of-society perspective to ensure adequate water supplies for drinking as well as industrial, agricultural, mining and general commercial needs. “Ramping up Australian manufacturing is much-needed blue-sky thinking, but as part of that discussion we need to be talking about how we manage water today and into the future. The average person would be stunned to know how much water is needed for manufacturing processes: clothing, food production and mining extraction, for example,” McLachlan said. “Our country already harnesses a range of approaches and technologies — f ..read more
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Sustainability rating tool for small infrastructure projects
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4d ago
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council, Australia and New Zealand’s authority on sustainable infrastructure projects and assets, has released a digital rating tool designed to help small infrastructure projects in the region keep track of their sustainability. The tool, ‘IS Essentials’, is an extension of the ISC’s globally recognised IS Rating Scheme, which is a collection of third-party-assured rating tools evaluating the social, cultural, environmental and economic performance of infrastructure assets across their life cycle. Geared towards infrastructure projects valued at $5 million t ..read more
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Aussie innovation tests seabeds for offshore wind farms
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4d ago
Australian engineers have unveiled a device, based on a modified spear gun, which aims to be a cheap and efficient way to test seabed soil when designing offshore wind farms. The RMIT University invention launches a probe into the seabed to provide valuable data on what lies beneath. This testing is normally done by winching or dropping probes — known as penetrometers — from the deck of a support vessel. But for wind farm projects in shallower water, these lightweight probes are less effective in penetrating the sandy seabed, while heavy-duty probes that do work can cost up to $200,000 a day ..read more
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Feedback sought for updated B-cycle scheme
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4d ago
Australia’s Battery Stewardship Council (BSC) has begun to consult with industry on its proposal to update the B-cycle Scheme. Launched in 2022, B-cycle is Australia’s first nationwide, government-backed battery stewardship scheme. The B-cycle Scheme Review is being conducted due to significant market changes and the evolving risk profile of batteries, which call for adaptations to the current Scheme design. The review will explore the inclusion of new battery categories such as loose batteries under 60 kg, including in portable energy storage; embedded batteries not covered by existing regul ..read more
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Low-income tenants go solar in Vic
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1w ago
Solar Victoria, the organisation that delivers the Victorian Government’s $1.3bn Solar Homes program, has undertaken a significant solar installation through the government’s Solar for Community Housing program. This has involved Haven Home Safe, which provides affordable rental housing to low-income households, installing solar PV systems across 152 of its properties. Haven Home Safe said the installation has helped its tenants cut their energy bills by more than 50% — in some instances by more than $1000 a year. “Our bills before the solar were approximately $600 per quarter, now they are d ..read more
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Schneider Electric 'BESS' battery energy storage system
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1w ago
Schneider Electric’s battery energy storage system, BESS, is the foundation for an integrated microgrid solution driven by the company’s controls, optimisation, electrical distribution, and digital and field services. BESS is offered as a 20-foot NEMA 3R enclosure that is AC coupled and available from 250 kW–2 MW in 2 h and 4 h configurations. Comprising battery modules, battery racks, a battery management system, power conversion unit and controller, BESS has been tested and validated to work as an integral component with Schneider Electric’s microgrid systems. It is also integrated into the ..read more
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Qld harnesses quantum tech for a sustainable future
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1w ago
Queensland’s Miles government has announced a $50 million quantum technology program for the state, which among other objectives has the aim of speeding decarbonisation. The $50m in funding covers five competitive grant programs directed at: aiding decarbonisation; enhancing quantum technology applications; attracting investment and collaboration; developing a skilled workforce; and promoting quantum-based innovations in sportstech in preparation for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These five programs form part of the Queensland Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy, a $8 ..read more
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WMRR recognises leaders in sustainability
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1w ago
The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) has acknowledged the outstanding contributions of those in the sustainability field through its inaugural 2024 ENVIRO Awards. Celebrating innovation, excellence and leadership in the circular economy, the awards were part of WMRR’s national circular economy conference, ENVIRO. WMRR Chief Executive Officer Gayle Sloan said the awards identified those people, organisations and projects that exemplify the three circular economy principles, driven by: designing out and eliminating waste and pollution circulating products ..read more
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