City of Sydney demands Trigeneration rules be relaxed

By Julian Bajkowski The City of Sydney is again ramping up its promotion of trigeneration as a viable alternative means of producing energy in the heart of the city. Having parked a wider electricity overhaul critics claimed would cost up to $5 billion, the CBD council is now pushing the New South Wales Parliament to […]

Combet moves to measure fugitive CSG

By Julian Bajkowski The Federal Government has moved to start overhauling the way greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere from highly controversial coal seam gas (CSG) sites are measured and reported, a move that could reshape the economics of the financially cheap fuel. Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet has released a […]

Garnaut to update climate change review

The Australian Government has released the terms of reference commissioning Professor Ross Garnaut to update his 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review. Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Greg Combet, said the review update delivers on the commitment made to the Member for New England, Tony Windsor, following the Federal election. “The updated Garnaut review will […]

CSIRO unveils Australia’s first ‘zero emission’ house

The AusZEH demonstration house. Image: CSIRO. By Angela Dorizas Australia’s first zero emission house, situated in the Victorian community of Laurimar, will soon be put to the test by its new occupants. Designed and built by the CSIRO, the demonstration house has an eight-star energy-efficiency rating and includes off-the-shelf building and renewable energy-generation technologies and new future-ready energy management […]

Calls for organic waste policy

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government needs to set a national target on organic waste recovery and rapidly increase greenhouse gas capture on landfill sites, according to the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA). Speaking at the Zero Waste Summit in Sydney yesterday, WMAA NSW president, Mike Ritchie, urged governments to develop policies that would […]

NSW leads on solar tariffs

By Staff Writer The New South Wales Government’s scheme to reward households for the solar energy they produce has been hailed as one of the most generous solar feed-in tarriffs in the country. Premier Nathan Rees said the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme would deliver the most generous payments to families in the country. “A gross scheme is […]

Include capital cities in Copenhagen agreement, say Mayors

By Angela Dorizas Capital city Lord Mayors have called on the Federal Government to include local government in the global Copenhagen agreement. In the lead up to the global climate summit in Copenhagen, the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCLM) committed to collectively slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 57 megatonnes a year by 2020, which […]

Queensland a world leader in carbon capture and storage

By Staff Writer The Queensland Government’s ZeroGen carbon capture and storage project has received international recognition at a meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) in London. The CSLF representing 22 countries has officially added ZeroGen to its portfolio of carbon capture and storage (CCS) research projects. Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy […]

Not enough being done to reduce emissions, says report

More stimulus is required to reduce carbon emissions, according to ALGA. By Rob O’Brien   More stimulus measures should be directed towards reducing carbon emissions to keep Australia economically competitive, according to a supplementary report prepared for the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) by National Economics. The annual State of the Regions Report contains a snapshot of […]

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