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Kangaroo burgers can save the planet: switch from beef cuts GHGs by 12mt, says UNSW report

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

A report by the director of the sustainability centre at the University of NSW, Mark Diesendorf, said a 30 per cent reduction in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 was achievable but would need both energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as a change of diet, wrote Mathew Murphy in The Age (11/10/2007, p.B1).

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5 Star Plus scheme: greener house to cost $8,000-$15,000 more than ‘normal house’, says WA Liberal MP

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

The application of the Building Sustainability Index was fraught with difficulties about who was to pay for and administer it, said Liberal MP Norman Moore, in the Legislative Council of Western Australia (5/9/2007).

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‘Your Building’: property website shows how to profit from enviro-friendly design

Posted by gmarkets on 10 October, 2007

The tendency to protect proprietary knowledge in green building techniques and technologies would be broken down with the launch of an interactive property website on how to green commercial building stock, consultants said, wrote Tina Perinotto in The Australian Financial Review (2/10/2007, p.54).

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Grow ivy, cucumber, passionfruit on walls of city buildings: leafy walls and roofs could lower temperatures by up to 11°C, depending on the city

Posted by gmarkets on 10 October, 2007

The greenest cities should be, well, green. Leafy walls and roofs could help people turn down the air conditioning on hot days, saving huge amounts of energy. It could lower temperatures by up to 11°C, depending on the city. Eleftheria Alexandri and Phil Jones at the Welsh School of Architecture at the University of Cardiff, UK, used computer models to compare the impact of “greening” buildings in nine cities, including temperate London in the UK, humid Mumbai in India, and tropical Brasilia in Brazil, reported The Economist, 6/10/2007, p. 6

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40pc of Aus homes lack ceiling insulation: wasting energy, producing emissions, says ICANZ

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

The Insulation Council of Australia & New Zealand (ICANZ) welcomed the announcement by the ALP of a $300 million energy efficiency package for Australian households, said Dennis D’Arcy, ICANZ president.

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Cash incentives on offer to Victorian commercial building owners to upgrade properties and have them assessed for energy and water use ratings

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

Cash incentives were to be offered to Victorian commercial building owners to upgrade their properties and have them assessed for energy and water use ratings, reported The Age (1/9/2007, p.5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Change in building-sector energy end-use; energy efficiencies could slash emissions by 30 per cent to 35 per cent

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

A landmark report, com­missioned in a collaboration between key players in property, state and federal government departments, under the umbrella of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, estimated the key parts of the built environment contribute 23 per cent of greenhou­ses gases in their operation, reported The Australian Financial Review (17/9/2007, p.62). Read the rest of this entry »

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WorleyParsons annual profit gain more than 60 per cent for third year running; 75pc of earnings from oil and gas

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

Engineering consultancy WorleyParsons cemented its place among Australia’s best-performing companies yesterday, reporting an annual profit gain of more than 60 per cent for the third year running, reported The Australian Financial Review (28/8/2007, p. 14).

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Policy must control food and price increases: von Braun warns subsidies for agriculture and biofuel will push up price of grains and feedstock

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Growth in biofuels could significantly push up food and grain prices, Dr von Braun, director-general of the International Food Policy Research Institute told the The Canberra Times(15/08/07, p. 15). Read the rest of this entry »

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Around $300 can render a large family household “carbon neutral” for a year

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Rather than changing your lifestyle, there was another way to clear your conscience about the size of your carbon footprint: via your wallet and carbon offsets, reported The Australian (15/9/2007, p.1). Selling savings back to consumers: For around $300 companies such as Easy Being Green could render a large family household “carbon neutral” for a year. This equated to reducing the amount of CO2 pollution a home produced by nearly 15 tonnes. Other companies in this space included the Carbon Reduction Institute and Neco. These companies undertook energy efficient projects and installed energy-saving technologies — such as compact fluorescent light globes and water-saving showerheads — into homes and businesses across the country. Easy Being Green offers energy-efficient light globes, installed in homes free of charge, via its website. Each of these globes is then calculated as providing 15,000 hours of energy-saving light that will cut CO2 pollution by 900kg in its lifetime. The company is then authorised to sell that 900kg saving back to customers for $20 through any one of its carbon-neutral packages (it offers a $297.15 package for a 4+ person family home). Devilishly clever and everyone wins, including the planet — or does it?

Consumers buy clean consciences: As George Monbiot, author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning has said: “Any scheme that persuades us we can carry on polluting delays the point at which we grasp the nettle of climate change and accept that our lives have to change… By selling us a clean conscience, the offset companies are undermining the necessary political battle to tackle climate change at home. They are telling us we don’t need to be citizens; we need only to be better consumers.”

Reference: Easy Being Green: http://www.easybeinggreen.com.au
Carbon Reduction Institute:
http://www.noco2.com.au
Neco: http://www.neco.com.au

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