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Equilibrium offers sustainability consulting, strategies, management and tools to improve your sustainability and help you grow. With more 30 years collective experience in environmental management and sustainability, we bring together practical services and products that support sustainability, reputation and innovation.

Environment and sustainability

Equilibrium can assist you to improve your organisational performance and reputation from within.

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Compliance and Management

Equilibrium brings together practical services and products that support sustainability and innovation.

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Climate change and carbon

Equilibrium offers unique insight, developed over many years, to help your organisation operate with a carbon constrained economy while realising the benefits of reducing your climate change impacts.

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Engagement, communications, and Government

Equilibrium has extensive experience in Government environment and sustainability processes and can align this knowledge to assist you achieve your organisational goals.

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Recent BLOGS

May 2019

Perspectives on a Circular Economy

The thinking behind a circular economy is not new, but the policies and programs required to bring about positive change demand fresh approaches and system-wide thinking that can enable alternative business models. A growing number of governments worldwide, researchers and companies are recognising that the ‘take-make-waste’ model is failing society and the environment.  A throw-away … Continue reading Perspectives on a Circular Economy

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May 2019

Future fate of photovoltaic panels

As the uptake of renewable energy continues to grow and expand, so too does the need to consider how we manage end-of-life photovoltaic panels. Sustainability Victoria is leading a national project to examine photovoltaic (PV) systems and assess possible options for stewardship programs to potentially manage the products at end-of-life. PV panels and associated equipment … Continue reading Future fate of photovoltaic panels

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May 2019

China National Sword and its impact in Australia

The noise around China’s National Sword Policy has been significant and a trigger for diverse responses, some of which are measurable and forward-thinking, while others are more symbolic and reactive. A key question is whether or not Australia has adjusted its recycling habits? The China National Sword Policy formulated in September 2017, and announced by … Continue reading China National Sword and its impact in Australia

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April 2019

Waste-to-Energy: Is there a missing piece?

In the transition to a low-carbon economy, there is a constant search for energy that is not produced from fossil fuels. Australia’s renewable sector contributes roughly 17% of total electricity generation, 9.7% of which is produced by bioenergy. Biofuels also represents around 1% of Australia’s petrol and diesel production. It is well recognised that biofuels … Continue reading Waste-to-Energy: Is there a missing piece?

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    Another perspective on the status of waste management and recycling in Australia from Debbie Cuthbertson at the The Sydney Morning Herald #waste #recycling #recyclables #china #policy #productstewardship #sustainability

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    Waste to Energy ... is there a missing piece? Some insights on administrative gaps #biofuels #biofutures #waste #energy #wastetoenergy #policy #technology

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    The thinking behind a circular economy is not new, but the policies and programs required to bring about positive change demand fresh approaches that can enable alternative business models. Read more: https://lnkd.in/fTBQWHb #circulareconomy

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    China National Sword - Has this changed Australia's Recycling habits? Rick Ralph unbundles some of the facts around this complex policy decision with leading knowledge expert Nicholas Harford of Equilibrium https://lnkd.in/fPK4UCJ

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    New research by UNSW examines the economic barriers, the technologies and opportunities in recycling end-of-life silicon photovoltaic modules for profit. #photovoltaics #circulareconomy #ewaste #recycling #solarpanels #productstewardship

Case Studies

Green Bear Maribyrnong Planning Application

Green Bear requested Equilibrium to develop a council planning application for their light-fraction processing facility in Maribyrnong. The application assessed the facility against the Local Planning Scheme.

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Waste Recycling Industry Queensland – Queensland Secondary Resources Forum

Equilibrium was invited to present at the Queensland Secondary Resources Forum, focusing on Queensland’s Waste Recycling Industry.

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Beverage Packaging; Material Selection and Sustainability

Remedy Kombucha requested a packaging assessment of their beverages from Equilibrium. The project involved assessing the environmental impact of Remedy Kombucha’s primary beverage packaging materials, including aluminium cans, PET bottles and glass bottles.

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Recycling Proposal and Contract Negotiations

Equilibrium assisted EastWaste with recycling contract negotiations. We assessed contract variation options for kerbside recycling in light of changes to the export market, and provided various recommendations to EastWaste.

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Mary Kay Action Plan for the Australian Packaging Covenant

Mary Kay Cosmetics engaged Equilibrium to develop an Action Plan for the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC). This Action Plan outlined the packaging sustainability and waste reduction commitments of Mary Kay Australia.

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Materials Efficiency Assessment

Equilibrium delivered a materials efficiency assessment to Dulux Group through research and data analyses as well as the provision of recommendations to improve processes.

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About us

Equilibrium is a sustainability strategies and management company. We bring together expertise and experience across environmental knowledge, corporate, technical, government and communications to offer practical strategies and solutions that enhance sustainability, innovation and reputation.

Nicholas Harford

Managing Director; Principal Corporate &
Social Responsibility

BA (Communications), MA (Journalism)

Nick is a sustainability and corporate affairs professional who has worked across Government, corporate and media. With a focus on using a sustainability
platform to leverage business development, customer relations and corporate reputation, Nick has a record of successfully aligning improved commercial,
environmental, social and regulatory expectations with organisational goals and outcomes.

Prior to this Nick was Group General Manager Environment at Visy and previously worked as a corporate affairs manager in the recycling, manufacturing and
telecommunications industries and was an adviser to the New South Wales
Minister for the Environment and the Commonwealth Attorney General.

 

nick@equil.com.au

Damien Wigley

General Manager; Principal Environmental Management & Carbon Reduction

BSc (App Chem), MBA

Damien is an experienced carbon strategies and environmental management consultant. He has worked for and held senior and executive positions with a number of large national and multinational consultancies providing strategic advice on environmental management issues with a particular focus on the
impacts and opportunities of climate change.
He has implemented carbon emission measurement and reduction
management plans to address environmental and business risks for a large number of clients. Damien’s skills extend to identifying opportunities for energy, water and waste efficiencies taking into account behaviour related issues,
barriers to implementation and operational changes, particularly within
manufacturing environments.

damien@equil.com.au

John Gertakis

Director of Communications

John is a communications and sustainability professional focused on responsible prosperity and effective stakeholder engagement. He is a solution-oriented pragmatist with a long history in product stewardship policy and implementation. John thrives on interaction with business, communities and government and is an Honorary Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia. He authored Australia’s first report on e-waste recycling in 1995 titled: Short Circuiting Waste from Electronic Products.

Leigh Bernoth

Senior Environmental Consultant

Leigh is a sustainability professional with a career spanning 20 years working across the industrial/commercial business sectors, and government, including the development of highly successful business support programs whilst working for the Victorian Government.

 

 

 

Tom Pollock

Environmental Consultant

Tom is an environmental professional with a background in both environmental science and business management, and brings these skills to have an innovative outlook on environmental issues. In addition, Tom is an experienced and qualified Integrated Management Systems Lead Auditor.

Madelaine Waters

Environmental Consultant

Madelaine is a sustainability professional with a proficiency in data analysis, problem solving and knowledge transfer. In addition to her experience in environmental events and education, her work on  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) resulted in a published chapter by the CSIRO.

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Kensington Victoria 3031

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