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Waste Expo Australia’s conference goes digital once again in 2021

Following the cancellation of Waste Expo Australia 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s largest gathering of waste management and resource recovery professionals will migrate its conference online to provide a platform for some of the most important issues affecting the sector to be addressed. Taking place from 19-21 October, Waste Expo Australia 2021 [...]

Is the circular economy transition fast enough?

A recent survey by global independent assurance and risk management provider DNV and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reveals that circular economy is rising on corporate agendas across geographies. Despite the growing attention that the circular economy is gaining in the public domain, for many legislators and companies, the shift to [...]

Investing in Australia’s net zero future

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) recently launched its new Investment Plan that sets out how ARENA will support technological innovation that will underpin Australia’s shift to net zero emissions. In line with the Australian Government’s Low Emission Technology Roadmap, under the new investment strategy, ARENA funding will be directed towards projects that: optimise the [...]

More than $6 million in grants available to boost NSW organics processing

Grants of up to $2 million each are now open for projects that increase processing capacity for food and garden waste, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced. Eligible projects must build, upgrade or expand organics processing infrastructure for source separated organics, such as facilities that will process kerbside food and garden organics (FOGO) [...]

Action on ‘mountains’ of furniture waste

The Australian Furnishing Association (AFA) has the support of industry leaders, representing all areas of furnishing, to help tackle the problem of excessive waste, product contamination and unsustainability in the sector. The Australian Furnishing Industry Product Stewardship Taskforce was convened earlier this year, in support of Australian Government initiatives aimed at establishing a Centre of [...]

Engineers devise new method to remove harmful E. coli from water

Engineers at Monash University have come up with an improved method to remove potentially deadly bacteria, such as E. coli, from water using graphitic carbon nitride and sunlight. The international team, led by Professor Xiwang Zhang in Monash University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, combined graphitic carbon nitride with polyethylenimine (PEI) to destroy harmful pathogens [...]

World bushfire breakthrough as Adelaide company launches new pre-emptive fuel load technology

Adelaide aerial mapping specialist, Aerometrex, has developed what is believed to be a world-breakthrough in new technology able to determine, in three dimensions, the exact fuel load densities in any bushfire prone region. The move is expected to bring a critical new pre-emptive fire-fighting tool in time for emergency and government authorities to use during [...]

Average cost of lithium-ion battery cell set to fall below $100 per kilowatt hour

The average cost of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cell—used to power electric vehicles and to provide flexibility in the power grid as more renewables, such as solar and wind, are added—will fall below $100 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the next three years, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. The average cost of [...]

Mack LR Electric to begin production in 2021

Volvo Group’s American subsidiary Mack Trucks has announced plans to commercialize the Mack® LR Electric, its revolutionary refuse model equipped with a fully electric integrated Mack drivetrain. Orders for the Mack LR Electric will open in Q4 2020, with deliveries beginning in 2021. “Mack’s leadership in the refuse segment goes back more than a [...]

Cement-free concrete beats corrosion and gives fatbergs the flush

Researchers from RMIT University have developed an eco-friendly zero-cement concrete, which all but eliminates corrosion. Concrete corrosion and fatbergs plague sewage systems around the world, leading to costly and disruptive maintenance. But now RMIT engineers have developed concrete that can withstand the corrosive acidic environment found in sewage pipes, while greatly reducing residual lime [...]

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