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Category: Resource Efficiency

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Welcome to zero waste world - the new circular economy

Welcome to zero waste world – the new circular economy

Inspired by nature, a circular economy aspires not merely to limit waste but to eliminate the very idea of waste: Everything, at the end of its life, should be made into something else.

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ACT govt releases plan to go carbon neutral by 2020

ACT govt releases plan to go carbon neutral by 2020

ACT government releases framework for carbon neutrality in own operations by 2020, ahead of plans for whole of Canberra to be carbon neutral by 2060.

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Victorian govt failing workers in traditional and emerging industries

Victorian govt failing workers in traditional and emerging industries

Having failed to support manufacturing, Victoria is now discouraging two of the fastest growing new industries – renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Most Australian businesses don't recycle, don't care: study

Most Australian businesses don’t recycle, don’t care: study

New study finds that 80% of Australian companies have no green policy in place and don’t care enough to recycle waste when possible.

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Energy policies turned Fukushima into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

Energy policies turned Fukushima into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources, but produces nine times less electricity from renewables. That’s because Japan’s government allows utility monopolies to protect their profits by blocking competitors.

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Off-grid, clean energy access market valued at $12bn

Off-grid, clean energy access market valued at $12bn

Fastest, cheapest, and most effective means of ending energy poverty is CES4all – and it’s going to create a $12 billion annual industry by 2030.

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CEFC funds switch to 70% cheaper street lights for Vic city

CEFC funds switch to 70% cheaper street lights for Vic city

Warrnambool will replace around 2,000 standard street lamps with LEDs, as part of CEFC-backed move to slash street lighting costs by almost 70%.

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Can light-weight cars be made of "renewable" bamboo?

Can light-weight cars be made of “renewable” bamboo?

Could bamboo replace carbon fiber in many common auto-industry applications in the near future?

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Tech giant Apple details its progress on climate targets

Tech giant Apple details its progress on climate targets

Apple says 94% of its corporate facilities and 100% of its data centers now powered by renewable energy sources such as solar power.

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World's coal resources rapidly running out of water

World’s coal resources rapidly running out of water

Water risks are already impacting the world’s coal industry, including in Australia, but how will these change over time?

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AER cracks down on poles and wires to cut electricity bills

AER cracks down on poles and wires to cut electricity bills

AER cites decreased demand and ‘over-estimated capital expenditure’ in decision to downgrade revenue allowances for NSW electricity distributors.