envirosearch - Friday, October 18, 2013
The resources sector has welcomed the federal government's moves to establish a "one-stop shop" to streamline environmental approvals, but warned more needs to be done to scale back red and green tape.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday confirmed a framework for the one-stop shop, which will see the government work with the states to develop a single approvals process. The streamlined system will aim to cap the process to 12 months. Read More
envirosearch - Friday, October 18, 2013
Nations could kick-start the first global framework to oversee carbon markets as early as next month should they overcome resistance from some countries, according to a UN climate official.
A staged approach under the United Nations would begin with more transparency among countries favoring markets as a climate-protection policy, according to Niclas Svenningsen, manager of strategy, collaboration and communication in the Sustainable Development Mechanisms program at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn.
The European Union, Indonesia and the U.S. are among supporters of rules to ensure internationally traded emission credits properly represent greenhouse-gas savings, according to submissions to the UNFCCC.
A global overseer would boost private-sector confidence in the efforts, Anthony Hobley, president of the Climate Markets & Investment Association. Read More
envirosearch - Monday, September 16, 2013
Expressions of interest are now open for participation in the 2013/14 safesearch health safety and environment HSE remuneration survey. Read More
envirosearch - Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott has pledged to repeal the country's carbon tax to boost economic competitiveness, so it is ironic that Australia is about to host the world's most ambitious project for capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground.
Starting in 2014/15, Chevron will begin injecting 120 million tonnes of pressurised supercritical carbon dioxide 2.5 kilometres underground as part of its giant Gorgon LNG project. Read More
envirosearch - Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A very different approach is emerging between Australia and China’s treatment of jobs and industries providing goods and services for environmental protection. Read More
envirosearch - Wednesday, August 14, 2013
China's state council has announced plans to elevate environmental protection into a "pillar industry", in a new push towards a greener economy.
Under the scheme, investment in clean technologies to save energy and tackle pollution will receive government support. Read More
envirosearch - Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The Climate Commissions latest report The Critical Decade: Australia’s future – solar energy identifies the enormous, but largely underutilised, potential for solar generation in the world’s sunniest continent.
This report provides an overview of the rapidly changing solar industry, including international developments and opportunities for Australia to better utilise and benefit from solar resources in the future.
envirosearch - Wednesday, July 31, 2013
There has been no growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Australia over the last decade, despite economic growth of 31% over the same period, a new report has found.
The findings show that conversion to a green economy need not be painful and is already underway in Australian industry.
The report, released today by Monash University research unit ClimateWorks, said stable emissions levels despite economic growth was achieved through reduced deforestation, increased tree-planting, a big boost in industry energy efficiency and sharp drops in power emissions.
However, a lot more needs to be done if catastrophic climate change is to be avoided, the study found.
Despite the progress so far, Australia is on track to achieve only about 40% of the reductions needed to meet its minimum national target of reducing domestic emissions by 5% below year 2000 emissions levels by 2020. Read More
envirosearch - Monday, July 29, 2013
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council is seeking expressions of interest to design, build and operate a 30 hectare solar farm.
The proposed facility will be one of the largest in Australia and will be used to reduce the council's future energy costs by 50 per cent.
Mayor Mark Jamieson says expressions of interest for the project opened on the weekend and will close on September 13.
"The expressions of interest will go out to people involved in the development of facilities like this - obviously the provision of solar panels and the expertise and technology to effectively build the solar farm and they'll be available for interested parties to express their interest on," he said. Read More
envirosearch - Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The whole issue of how we use waste of all kinds is not just a concern for the eco-minded and the hard-core greenies among us. The efficient use of resources and the desire to minimise waste is something that comes up routinely in our research with consumers. It is a consequence of the now clear realisation among Australians that we have shifted from a resource rich to a resource constrained nation. Food, water, energy, land, space - all of these need to be used judiciously. And we need to find better, smarter ways to make new things happen with the things we no longer need. Read More