Sustainability

Carbon offset providers under the spotlight

10 September, 2008

Australian carbon offset providers will be placed under the spotlight with an independent ranking of the sector to be released in September. It aims to increase consumers' confidence about whether what they’re buying will actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


CSIRO chief executive appointed

08 September, 2008

Dr Megan Clark has been apponted the next chief executive of the CSIRO.


A smarter grid for greener power

29 August, 2008

The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures is leading a national research project to develop an electricity network for Australia that is smarter, greener and more efficient.


Irrigation water use down by 29%

28 August, 2008

In 2006–07, irrigation water use decreased by 29% from the previous year to 7636 gigalitres, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


Invention to save 40% of household water used

26 August, 2008

Australian inventor Geoffrey Foster believes the Waterfuse Watersaver, which claims to save 40% of household water use, is the 'silver bullet' governments are seeking to manage the looming water crisis.


Brisbane-based CSIRO research hub announced

18 August, 2008

Research into climate change, water management and managing Australia's ecosystems are some of the CSIRO science to be conducted at the Ecosciences Precinct at Boggo Road Urban Village, Brisbane, due for completion in 2011.


September release for vision for emissions trading

13 August, 2008

The next instalment of climate change adviser Ross Garnaut's vision for emissions trading will be released on 5 September. Garnaut released his first draft report on emissions trading in July, but the 550-page document did not contain proposals on the pace of cutting emissions.


Smarter air traffic to save fuel

06 August, 2008

Smarter air traffic control could save 500 kg of fuel and reduce airport noise by 35% for a typical Boeing 747 flight between Sydney and Melbourne ,according to a team of Canberra-based researchers.


Sustainable design and development acknowledged

06 August, 2008

Hyder Consulting and The New Rouse Hill have won top spots in the sustainability category at the 2008 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Award for Excellence Gala Dinner.


Australian accredited carbon accounting course introduced

05 August, 2008

In response to the community's growing awareness of climate change, Swinburne University of Technology has introduced what is claimed to be Australia's first accredited course in carbon accounting.


$75 million Climate Ready program opens for business

30 July, 2008

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has announced that the Rudd government’s $75 million Climate Ready program is open for applications.


Challenges hold waste industry back from making investment

28 July, 2008

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme green paper may be the trigger for a billion-dollar investment in waste industry infrastructure but the industry flags major challenges in measuring and assessing the liability.


Australian ETS could be worth $11 billion

17 July, 2008

On the basis of proposals outlined in a green paper issued by the Australian government, the annual value of trades in Australian emissions units (AEUs) could amount to as much as $11billion within the first few years of operation, according to Point Carbon.


Government gives the green light to act on climate change

17 July, 2008 by Kylie Wilson-Field

The government delivers its green paper on climate change.


Sink wins national award for water saving

15 July, 2008

The Hughie Sink, a simple moulded-plastic sink insert invented in Queensland, has won the national awards recognising Australia’s outstanding water-saving products or services.


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