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Category: Resource Efficiency

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Coal generates just 1.2% of Qld jobs – not 13%

Coal generates just 1.2% of Qld jobs – not 13%

Despite fossil fuel spin about coal’s economic importance, report finds more Queenslanders work in Arts and Recreation than in the coal industry.

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Solar PV at 40c/W? SunEdison claims world's cheapest solar

Solar PV at 40c/W? SunEdison claims world’s cheapest solar

SunEdison says polysilicon breakthrough will slash costs of module production, and enable solar power to become the lowest cost energy solution.

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ACT energy efficiency scheme saving households $1,600 a year

ACT energy efficiency scheme saving households $1,600 a year

Review of ACT’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme finds it cuts equivalent of 237,908 tonnes of CO2, saves participating households $1,600.

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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?