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Turning Wine into Biofuel

The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, according to University of Adelaide researchers. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the Australian researchers showed that up to 400 liters of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of one metric ton of grape marc (the leftover skins, … Read more »

CDEnviro Road Sweeping Recycling Plant

CDEnviro Installs Southern Hemisphere’s First Road Sweeping Recycling Plant

CDEnviro has installed a road sweeping recycling plant in Australia — the company says it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s first — to help divert waste from landfill. The recycling plant is currently being commissioned at Australian physical services company Citywide’s Dynon Road Waste Transfer Station in West Melbourne as part of … Read more »

IBM

IBM to Help Utility Improve Water Management, Customer Service

IBM has formed a business consulting and technology partnership with Yarra Valley Water to help improve its water management and customer service to more than 1.7 million people and 50,000 businesses throughout Melbourne. Faced with disparate and aging business systems, Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne’s largest water and sanitation utility, looked … Read more »

US Coal Exports Aiding Global GHG Emissions

As the US shifts its emphasis to natural gas power plants and exports its coal to other parts of the world, it may be simply moving the potential for greenhouse gas emissions to another country, according to the Associated Press. The multi-billion dollar fossil fuel trade has thrived under the Obama administration. … Read more »

Australian Carbon Tax Repealed

Companies in Australia will no longer have to pay for their carbon emissions, following the government’s repeal of the so-called carbon tax, the New York Times reports. Scrapping the carbon tax was a key election promise made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who, upon election last year, demanded the upper … Read more »

DICE

Technology Aims to Halve Coal Emissions

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and its industry partners plan to conduct a trial of the Direct Injection Carbon Engine (pictured) intended to reduce emissions from brown coal-generated electricity by 50 percent compared to current technology. Industry partners include Exergen, Ignite Energy Resources, AGL , MAN Diesel & Turbo and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Report, Carbon Tax, EPA and Duke Energy

A draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, likely to shape climate talks for years to come, makes the starkest warnings yet about global warming’s effects, the AFP says. The report will be formally published March 31. The EPA will join the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Mandatory CSR, Oil Spill Fines, Flood Report

India is mandating that companies with an annual turnover of INR 10 billion ($164 million) or more, or a net worth of INR 5 billion and more, or a net profit of INR 0.05 billion or more during any financial year, set aside two percent of their net profits for socially beneficial activities in … Read more »

New Carbon Farming Website Launched

Australian landowners can now participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative through the new myCFI website. myCFI aims to simplify the carbon farming process and create a forum to share knowledge and help build this initiative. The launch of the myCFI website is seen as a one-stop shop for Australian farmers … Read more »

Consultants to Monitor Pilbara Olive Python

Perth, Australia- based ecologia Environmental Consultants has been awarded a three-year contract by Fortescue Metals Group for monitoring of the Pilbara Olive Python. Fortescue require three years of annual monitoring of the Pilbara Olive Python at their Christmas Creek operations, to comply with relevant approvals and management plans.  ecologia has recently conducted the … Read more »

Algae.Tec Receives Purchase Order

Australian algae fuel developer Algae.Tec has received a $2.4 million purchase order from an affiliate of Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (RIIHL) in connection with an investment announced in January. This purchase order is for supply of Algae.Tec algae production technology and technical expertise. Algae.Tec is to build a pilot biofuels plant … Read more »

Pollution Control Partners Team Up

Total Air Pollution Control (TAPC) and Anguil Environmental Systems (Anguil) have teamed up to meet emission control requirements of Australian companies. Both Anguil and TAPC specialize in technologies, products and services that destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from a broad range of applications. When released … Read more »