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- International clean-up conference
A September 8 to 12 conference in Adelaide on all aspects of site contamination and remediation, including the latest on PFAS.
- Environment professionals management workshop
A September 12 and 13 conference in Sydney, hosted by the Australian Sustainable Business Group.
- Australian hydrogen forum
A September 18 to 20 conference in Sydney.
- New environmental laws, obligations and funding from across Australia
A September 20 conference in Melbourne, hosted by the Australian Environment Business Network.
- Healthy hospitals forum 2019: Integrating quality, OHS and environmental sustainability
A September 23 and 24 conference in Melbourne.
- Australia's national hydrogen strategy
A September 24 lunchtime event in Adelaide, hosted by CEDA, with speakers including chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel.
- Investor Group on Climate Change summit
An October 14 and 15 summit in Sydney.
- Energy efficiency expo
An October 23 and 24 event in Melbourne, hosted by the Energy Efficiency Council.
- Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand annual conference
A November 4 to 6 conference in Adelaide.
- The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has awarded a $6.2 million grant to Logan City Council to install a $17.28 million sewage biosolids gasifier at its Loganholme wastewater treatment plant. The facility will reduce the volume of biosolids by about 90%, producing a biochar that will be sold as soil conditioner.
- The Clean Energy Regulator has officially confirmed the Renewable Energy Target has been met (see background here).
- The condition of the Great Barrier Reef has deteriorated, mainly due to climate change, says an outlook report released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (see background here).
- The federal government is convening a new working group to explore how organisations might earn carbon credits from projects that protect mangroves and tidal marshes (see background here).
- There has been barely any improvement in the CO2 emissions intensity of new passenger and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia in the last two years, a new government report reveals (see background here).
- National greenhouse gas emissions for the year to March 2019 were 0.6% higher than the previous year, according to a government quarterly update (see background here).
- Of the 872 NGER reports submitted by businesses for FY18, a total of 57 had to be resubmitted due to erroneous emissions data (see background here).
- New resource: UNSW scientists have released a framework to guide the construction and management of coastal infrastructure that can resist the impacts of climate change.
- New resource: The NZ government has released a hydrogen green paper.
- New resource: The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has released a briefing note on taxpayer subsidies provided to Adani for its proposed Carmichael coal mine.
- Have your say!: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Energy is inviting submissions by September 16 to its inquiry into nuclear energy in Australia.
- Have your say!: The Australia NZ Biochar Initiative has released a draft industry standard on biochar for soils, with the aim of presenting it to Standards Australia as the basis for a national standard. Comment closes November 30.
- Grant opportunity: The Communities Environment Program, which provides each electorate with up to $150,000 for small, community-led environment projects, will accept applications until October 10.
- Grant opportunity: Applications for recycling infrastructure grants of between $50,000 and $5 million will be accepted until September 22, under round two of the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program.
- Have your say!: Comment closes October 25 on a draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commercial fishing development policy.
- Statutory development: The NSW government has rushed through a bill giving it new powers to compulsorily acquire a heavily contaminated site from a company that it expects will soon be liquidated (see background here).
- The Independent Planning Commission has approved the expansion of a coal project with a condition that applies to indirect 'scope 3' emissions from burning the coal overseas (see background here).
- The EPA and Department of Planning, Industry and Environment have fined Warkworth Mining Ltd a total of $30,000 over a wet weather discharge of saline water from a dam into a creek.
- Court ruling: The Court of Appeal has rejected arguments by Muswellbrook Shire Council that a rehabilitation plan for a BHP mine was inadequate and invalid (see background here).
- The EPA has gazetted a new order exempting underground tanks for back-up generator fuel, residential heating oil and waste oil from some requirements that apply to underground petroleum storage tanks.
- Have your say – last chance!: Submissions are due by September 15 to an inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Environment and Planning Committee's into the sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW.
- Have your say!: Comment closes October 31 on a regulations, standards and protocols that will support the state's new environmental law, due to take effect in mid-2020 (see background here).
- The EPA has released a new guide to a guide to the management of combustible recyclable and waste, and a bulletin on its approach to delegating powers.
- Have your say!: Parks Victoria is inviting comments by September 29 on its plans to develop a land management strategy for the parks estate.
- Have your say!: Comments are due by October 7 on a draft waste plan that proposes the introduction of a waste levy (see background here).
- Have your say!: Submissions are due by September 21 to a review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act.
- Have your say!: The state government has invited comment by October 31 on its healthy Coorong action plan.
- Have your say!: Comment closes October 2 on a new discussion paper on carbon farming and the resource industry (see background here).
- The EPA plans to release draft guidance on greenhouse gas assessment in November, after receiving 6,500 comments on a discussion paper (see background here).
- Have your say!: Comment closes November 29 on a discussion paper about the state's proposed climate policy (see background here).
- Grant opportunity: Applications close September 23 for grants of up to $250,000 under a $1.17 million funding round for waste and recycling infrastructure.
- The state government is inviting applications by September 20 to join the state's independent Contaminated Sites Committee. Five committee positions will become vacant by the end of the year.
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- The ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate has several vacancies for climate change policy, carbon neutral government and energy efficiency policy/program officers ($84,257 - $96,430).
- EPA Victoria is hiring a chemicals and waste team leader ($108,726 - $119,052).
- Major Road Projects Victoria is seeking a senior manager, planning and environment ($163,931 - $222,948).
- Bradken is hiring a Brisbane-based sustainability manager.
- Transport Canberra and City Services is seeking a assistant director, waste policy ($106,043 - $114,146).
- Sustainability Victoria is recruiting a project officer, resource recovery infrastructure ($85,279 - $96,759).
- EPA NSW is hiring a principal legal officer and a manager, stakeholder engagement (both $140,323 - $150,304).
- Victoria's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking a manager, wind farm noise ($120,692 - $161,511) and a senior policy officer, wind farm noise ($98,396 - $119,052).
- Beon is recruiting a solar proposals engineer, based in Melbourne.
- The proponent of the Star of the South offshore wind project is hiring a Melbourne-based environmental and approvals manager.
- The JV delivering Melbourne's West Gate tunnel project is hiring a senior environmental advisor.
- Enel is seeking a Sydney-based commercial advisor (renewable energy).
- The Carbon Market Institute is hiring a communications manager.
- World Vision is hiring a Melbourne-based senior advisor to integrate environmental safeguards, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into all programs and policies.
- The WA Department of Transport is seeking a Perth-based maritime environmental emergency response operations officer ($100,966-$111,590).
- TasPorts is recruiting a Devonport-based health, safety and environmental advisor.
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council is seeking an environmental officer ($71,000 - $82,000).