Despite the drawback of a regulatory framework that lags behind other states, Waste 2 Resources Group is hard at work cleaning up Queensland and managing waste on behalf of its growing clientele both state-wide and beyond…
Citisolar is an all-Australian company with its head office in Brisbane. There is a purpose built facility here for its distribution business; the company also has branches in Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne and South Australia, a satellite operation in Tasmania, and an office in Perth planned for next January.
Abu Dhabi is the second largest of the Gulf’s United Arab Emirates. But that is not saying a lot – it’s just 970 square kilometres in area and its postage-stamp size houses just 620,000 people. Its wealth, as we all know, derives from oil; older readers may remember the shock felt around the western world in the early 1970s when the price of the Black Stuff rocketed and the UAE was formed partly to protect the fantastic incomes being generated.
According to the Clean Energy Council, more than one in ten households is generating electricity from rooftop solar panels. As of January 2013, installed capacity of solar PV (photovoltaic, the standard panels) was a whisker short of 2,500 MW, with an average system size of 3.5 kW. Householders and businesses alike cite concerns about the rising cost of energy as a major reason for investing in solar units.
It may be difficult to believe that the fur trim on a jacket or a pair of gloves sold in Australia may well be from a domestic cat or dog. Unfortunately, this is no urban legend and it does not just revolve around clothing and accessories.
Energy minister Martin Ferguson promised more than $83 million for collaborative projects between Australian and US researchers. The funding, made available through the Australian Solar Institute (ASI)’s United States-Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC), includes $68 million for two, eight year research programmes and $15.5 million for 11 collaborative research projects.
At time of writing, it would appear that the first effect of Australia’s new policy to avert a climate catastrophe will be felt in July with the introduction of carbon pricing, described by Canberra as “the most environmentally effective and economically efficient way to reduce pollution. This means our economy can continue to prosper – without our pollution continuing to grow.”
When speaking of a building’s environmental sustainability, it has become common practice to describe its green “envelope”. The outer shell of a building, separating the interior from what lies beyond, the envelope includes such elements as the roof, walls, foundation, and floors. All of these features can be “greened” in various ways – and in previous issues we’ve explored both green roofs and living walls – yet the installation of windows is akin to punching giant holes in that envelope.
Australia has long been a popular destination for travellers from around the world, thanks to its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and thriving culture. But with new environmental awareness comes a whole new breed of travel: ecotourism.
For centuries, people around the world have been building homes out of straw. Historically, reeds, grasses and straw have been used in thatch roofing, as wall insulation, and woven into flooring materials; following the invention of baling machines in the late 1800s, the compact, easily managed bales enabled walls to be constructed out of this renewable and versatile material.