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13 June 2019

New waste-related regulations for Queensland

How your business can identify early opportunities to improve environmental performance and prepare accordingly. The schedule of waste-related Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERAs) has remained largely unchanged since they were introduced on 1990s. Since this time there have been significant changes in waste management practices, the emergence of new waste technologies and improvements in risk-based waste … Continue reading New waste-related regulations for Queensland

9 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

9 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

8 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

16 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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