Sustainability > Carbon management

Hindmarsh embraces sustainable design

13 August, 2013

When Hindmarsh Shire Council in Nhill, north-west Victoria, required new council facilities incorporating public services, council chambers and corporate offices, they turned to Melbourne-based architecture firm k20 Architecture to deliver a sustainable building.

The impact of bringing forward the ETS on landfill operators

07 August, 2013 by Tim Pittaway, principal, RSM Bird Cameron

Bringing forward the emissions trading scheme (ETS) in Australia will affect landfill operators in two ways: by reducing certainty due to potentially volatile carbon prices and by reducing viability for Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) projects due to the lower value of Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) generated.

Manufacturing towards a green economy

04 August, 2013 by Amanda Keogh*, Head of Sustainability, Asia Pacific and Australia, Fuji Xerox

Consumer preference, regulation, emerging valuation models, organisational change agility and the simple pragmatics of closing the product loop influence the development of the ‘green economy’ in the manufacturing sector. This thought piece unpacks some of those drivers as we begin the conversation to better understand what the challenges and opportunities of the green economy mean for Australia.

Bindaree Beef beats the carbon tax

19 July, 2013

A more energy-efficient rendering plant and directing all of its organic waste through a digester to generate clean energy from biogas will reduce Bindaree Beef’s carbon emissions by 95% and deliver annual operating cost savings of $2.44 million.

CCS in agricultural soil is impractical, says experts

18 July, 2013 by Lauren Davis

Both the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative and the Opposition’s Direct Action Plan recommend offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by increasing carbon storage in agricultural soils. But experts from the University of Melbourne have claimed that this method is both technically and economically very limited.

Nanomaterial to separate and store CO2 emissions

16 July, 2013

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a nanomaterial that could help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power stations. Their work has been described in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Network of CCS research facilities announced

04 July, 2013

Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray yesterday announced a network of research facilities to boost Australian development of commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) during a visit to the CO2CRC Otway Project.

Web-based tool helps redesign sustainability within foodservice operations

08 April, 2013

FirstCarbon Solutions, a pioneer in environmental sustainability business solutions, and Compass Group, a food and support services company, have announced the launch of the software tool being used to support Compass Group’s Carbon FOODprint toolkit. The web-based tool is designed to help Compass Group’s food operations staff lower their environmental impact and their operational costs.

China’s pilot carbon-trading market taps UNSW expertise

03 April, 2013

China has laid out an ambitious road map to reduce emissions by 40-45% by 2020, including the world’s largest national carbon-trading scheme, at a high-level bilateral conference held last week at the University of New South Wales.

Seamless exchange trading of top-tier carbon credits now available through revolutionary partnership

03 April, 2013

The Climate Action Reserve, North America’s premier carbon offset registry, and Carbon Trade Exchange today announced a partnership that allows carbon market participants to seamlessly trade Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs) through a commodities exchange for the first time.

CO2 Australia acquires Ecofund from Queensland Government

15 March, 2013

CO2 Australia, a division of CO2 Group, has reached agreement and settlement with the Queensland Government to acquire its 100% share of the independently operated Ecofund Queensland (Ecofund).

CSIRO ‘solar sponge’ soaks up CO2 emissions

08 March, 2013

CSIRO scientists have created a ‘solar sponge’ that captures and then releases carbon dioxide using the power of natural sunlight, as published in scientific journal Angewandte Chemie.

Putting the tea tree industry under the spotlight

17 January, 2013

Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and building soil carbon in the tea tree industry will be the subject of a collaborative project between Southern Cross University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Iron fertilisation sunk as an ocean carbon storage solution

14 December, 2012

A University of Sydney engineer has ruled ocean iron fertilisation an uneconomical solution to carbon storage, despite its early promise.

Data to accelerate development of CCS technology

11 December, 2012

Geoscience Australia has released new pre-competitive data that will contribute to Australia’s efforts to accelerate the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which will help reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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