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Cool customers: UTS gets its cooling energy from across the road in Aussie first

September 28, 2016 1:25 pm

The University of Technology Sydney will source cooling energy from the Central Park thermal plant across the street, in what is being billed as an Australian first for precinct-scale sharing. The university on Monday announced it had signed a contract with Brookfield Energy to source a proportion of its chilled energy requirements from Brookfield’s central energy plant at Central Park, which is expected to provide energy efficiency, carbon and cost

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Podcast Update on Australian Cities, Towns and Communities Going Renewable

September 8, 2016 6:55 pm

On the 31st August 2016, co-hosts Steve Moore and Kris Wozniak held a very interesting conversation. The podcast “Go Renewable and Save” featured a special guest Barbara Albert, who is a seasoned expert within the sustainability field. This podcast will provide our listeners worldwide, the knowledge of what sustainability means and how your organisation can benefit from a number of quick wins, the overall objective being saving your organisation money!

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Canberra Liberals Back ACT’s 100% Renewable Energy Target

September 7, 2016 5:27 pm

The Canberra Liberals have pledged to continue with current legislated targets of 100 percent renewable energy for the ACT by 2020 if elected, and achieving zero net emissions by 2050. The commitment was announced by Shadow Minister for Environment Nicole Lawder on Tuesday. “The Canberra Liberals are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging the use and advancement of renewable energy. It’s important to lead the way here in

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In time, all cars will be electric, driverless and running on renewables

September 7, 2016 1:25 pm

Speculation about the future of transportation, like common flu, appears to becontagious. Not a week goes by without another celebrity, business guru or executive predicting that future of transportation is electric. That, you may say, is probable and not newsworthy. What is newsworthy is that many of the same people are predicting that the transition is likely to be at a pace much faster than many had expected. In July

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Why Amsterdam’s The Edge is a model for green offices worldwide

September 1, 2016 12:48 pm

Ahead of the International Green Building Conference 2016, Dutch architect Ron Bakker explains why the architecture of office spaces should be rooted in the aim to help people enjoy, and be more efficient at, work. Imagine buildings that can sense where its inhabitants are, what their schedule is at a given time of day, and direct them to spots that are most productive for their tasks. These buildings are not in

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All cars on Australian roads will be driverless by 2030

August 17, 2016 12:38 pm

The chief scientist at Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has joined the increasing number of industry watchers and insiders predicting not only that autonomous vehicles are the future of road transport, but that this future will arrive sooner than we think.All cars on Australian roads will be driverless by 2030: Telstra exec : Renew Economy In comments made at a Perth roads seminar on Friday, Tesltra chief scientists Hugh Bradlow predicted

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Sydney Opera House to go carbon neutral by 2023

August 17, 2016 12:33 pm

Sydney Opera House to go carbon neutral by 2023 : Renew Economy Australian cultural treasure and global design icon the Sydney Opera House has revealed plans to mark its 50th year by going carbon neutral, and has launched an updated sustainability strategy to help get it there. Released on Monday, the Opera House’s new Environmental Sustainability Plan aims, by 2023, to reduce the building’s total energy use by 20 per

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Renewables offer “unrivalled opportunity” to grow rural jobs, economies

August 17, 2016 11:55 am

Renewables offer “unrivalled opportunity” to grow rural jobs, economies : Renew Economy A new report has called for an increased rollout of renewable energy in Australia’s rural communities, not just for the purposes of generating cheaper and cleaner power, but as a major new driver of economic growth and jobs. The Climate Council report, published on Tuesday, warns that Australia’s rural communities are on the front line in the battle

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Nissan: There will be more EV charging stations in the UK than petrol stations by 2020

August 17, 2016 11:43 am

Charged EVs | Nissan: There will be more EV charging stations in the UK than petrol stations by 2020 As EV adoption accelerates, some parts of the world already have more charging facilities than gas stations, including Japan and Manhattan. Now Nissan is predicting that the UK will follow suit by 2020. The maker of the LEAF (and a tireless promoter and financer of public charging stations) forecasts that in

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Large-scale solar could meet two-thirds of Australia’s renewable target

August 15, 2016 4:51 pm

As much as two-thirds of the 6GW of new-build renewable generation still needed to meet Australia’s 2020 renewable energy target could come from large-scale solar, according to First Solar’s head of project management in the Asia Pacific region, Jack Curtis. In an interview with RenewEconomy on Thursday, Curtis said that the investment environment for large-scale solar in Australia was the most positive First Solar had witnessed since entering the market a

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