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√Not enough study of environment, water and energy in top scientific institutes: Australian Research Council

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Australia’s peak research funding body wanted more scientists to apply for grants to study climate change issues, reported The Courier Mail (15/9/2007, p. 34). Broadened portfolio desirable: Professor Margaret Sheil, the new head of the Australian Research Council, said the growing recognition of the prob­lems associated with climate change would open up many avenues of study. “If you look at some of our flagships, our centres of excellence, there probably aren’t enough there in some of the more recent issues around the environ­ment, around water, around energy, so we’ll be looking to broaden our portfolio in that respect in the next centres round,” Professor Sheil said.

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Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Return of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: Roof gardens a new green statement Roof gardens had become the latest architectural statement, reported The Australian (15/9/2007, p. 1). Market gardens in the sky: Even celebrity gardener Jamie Durie was getting in on the act, the newspaper reported. Durie’s company, Patio, was currently working, or had worked, on roof garden projects in Sydney, New York and Chicago, where they had already cottoned on to the idea with greater gusto. In Chicago the Department of Environ­ment had been giving away $5000 grants to building owners who wanted to start a green roof project. One New York entrepreneur, Ali Zabar, supplied his restaurants and grocery store with vegetables he grew in greenhouse gardens on the roofs of his New York establishments. He employed two farmers full-time to tend 2000sqm of sky gardens.

Self-sufficiency aim of eco city: “Leading the way on a larger scale, however, will be Dongtan, at the mouth of the Yangtse River on China’s third largest island, Chongming,” said The Australian. “It will be the world’s first purpose-built eco­city and stage one will be built in the next four years — when Shanghai will host the 2010 World Expo. Buildings will be no more than eight storeys high, with gardens on their roofs. It will be pedestrian friendly and generate all its own energy needs. Meanwhile, most of the city’s waste will be recycled and organic waste will be composted or burnt in incinerators to generate electricity.”

The Australian, 15/9/2007, p. 1

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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:
Carbon Reduction Institute:

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Nine Federal grant funds for research, development and deployment of low emission technologies, including renewable energy technologies

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull, responding to written questions from Labor MP John Murphy, said in the Federal House of Representatives on 11 September 2007 that he was aware of the article titled “Call to put more money into renewables”, which appeared in The Australian Financial Review on 15 August 2006.

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Giant CO2 dump planned for North-West Shelf as Woodside plots LNG profits-pathway

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

According to Stephen Wisenthal in The Australian Financial Review (27/8/2007, p.14), Woodside Petroleum managing director Don Voelte sees the latest next big thing, the $12 billion Pluto LNG project, as the ticket to an almost permanent growth path.

Strategy is merely a concept: Voelte insists the strategy he describes for sharing the gas produced from its 50 per cent owned Browse project, 1000 kilometres north of the North-West Shelf, is merely a concept. Still, he’s got a pretty clear idea. Thirty per cent could go to a 6 million tonne a year LNG expansion of Pluto, of which Woodside owns 100 per cent, leaving the rest of Browse to supply an expansion of the North-West Shelf Project.

Conveyor-belt approach: The early production could come from the North-West Shelf fields which, when depleted, Woodside would potentially use to store waste carbon dioxide it stripped out during processing. The conveyor-belt approach of building a new plant every couple of years will also help Woodside get ahead in the battle for skilled people, says Voelte. “In the LNG business, people have jumped from company to company as projects come along, once every 10 years,” he says. “What we’ll be able to do is offer them a career. We’ve hired a few people recently, some of the best in the industry, because they know they’ve got five or six trains coming to work on, and they can stay in one company, in lovely Perth, lovely Australia, to raise their families, and let their kids go continuously to schools.”

The Australian Financial Review, 27/8/2007, p. 14

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Climate change boom business: sale of shade shelters up, as cities get hotter: Tokyo temps up 3pc over this century

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

According to chief executive officer James Taylor, Acrosail takes on about 500 projects a year, altogether worth between $1 million and $2 million, reported The Australian Financial Review (6/9/07, p. 9. The Australian shade market was worth about $20 million, compared with a global pot of $2 billion.

Heat island effect good for business?: The company’s second biggest market after the US was Brunei, where the price of oil spurred a free-for-all on luxury and lifestyle goods. And shade was increasingly sought-after in Japan.

Tokyo temps up 3pc over this century: In the past century, temperatures in the Japanese capital have increased by about 3 per cent and, according to Taylor, by as much as 10 per cent in the summer in the past 50 years. In response, city councils and governments were investing in solutions that shade buildings and other structures prone to absorbing heat.

The Australian Financial Review, 6/9/2007, p. 9

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New NSW NGAC rules cut-back give-away light bulb, showerhead trades after trades spiked to 2.8 million CFLs, 60,000 showerheads, in June 2007 quarter

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

Changes to the Demand Side Abatement (DSA) Rule, implemented in October 2006, had resulted in an increase in the proportion of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and water-efficient showerheads directly installed, reported NSW government greenhouse registry GGAS Newsletter, Issue 5 (10/9/2007).

Fewer giveaway programs: “In the quarter to June 2007, over 80 per cent of CFLs and 70 per cent of showerheads distributed by GGAS accredited Abatement Certificate Providers (ACPs) were installed rather than given away. Only two ACPs are now conducting giveaway programs,” the newsletter reported. “2.8 million CFLs were distributed in the quarter to June 2007, double the number distributed in the March quarter. In total, over 16 million CFLs have been distributed since the Scheme commenced. Over 60,000 showerheads were distributed in the same period, bringing the total number of showerheads distributed under the Scheme to 1.3 million.”

Varied business models: “There are now 10 ACPs accredited for projects distributing CFLs and showerheads, with nine applications currently under consideration by the Scheme Administrator,” the newsletter said. “In response to the growing variety of business models used by ACPs and applicants, the Scheme Administrator recently circulated for comment proposed minimum requirements for Default Abatement Factor (DAF) installation programs. These seek to achieve consistency across the Scheme with respect to legal relationships between ACPs and installers, installer training, and customer service. Currently, the Scheme Administrator is evaluating the feedback received. Accredited ACPs will have a two month period to adjust their programs before the minimum requirements are introduced. The Scheme Administrator would like to thank all those who provided feedback on the proposal.”

Reference: GGAS Newsletter, Issue 5, September 2007

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