Asphalt made from 99% post-consumer recovered material, such as printer toner cartridges, old tyres, glass and re-used asphalt, is cheaper, better-performing and will generate less than half the CO2-e emissions of equivalent products, its creator says.
Federal Parliament has empowered NOPSEMA to regulate the environmental performance of near-shore oil and gas projects, while in its latest bulletin, NOPSEMA has warned companies that they are failing to properly consult.
Major beverage manufacturers including Coca-Cola Amatil, Schweppes and Lion have had a resounding victory this afternoon in their battle against the Northern Territory's container recycling scheme, with the Federal Court ruling the legislation is invalid and needs re-drafting.
A court has invalidated the development consent for a pilot wood pelletising plant in southern NSW because of three errors by Bega Valley Shire Council, although it rejected arguments the council failed to consider climate change impacts from native forest logging.
The Australian Green Infrastructure Council is looking for companies to join round-two trials of its sustainability rating tool, and is also hosting a masterclass on sustainable procurement for infrastructure projects.
The 2010-11 budget delivers money for a new national environmental information system and for waste programs but makes an $80 million cut to the Caring for Country program and reduces funding for an urban water and desalination program.
If you want big wins from sustainability initiatives then trial projects, train staff - and don't just hire one sustainability manager and 'wish them luck', Harvard University's Green Campus director Leith Sharp told a Sydney seminar.
* Federal Court upholds appeal over 'secondary boycott' environment defence * Anti-mill lobby group moves on class action * Government moves to ban carbon storage in reef * Garrett launches new urban planning website * National Water Commission sets out priorities * Infrastructure Australia seeks submissions EPA Victoria issues domestic wastewater code
The Federal Government should double the size of its Green Car Innovation Fund to $1 billion if it proves successful, recommends the Bracks review of the automotive industry. The review, released today, backs including transport in the emissions trading scheme, but warns that imposing vehicle emissions targets as well would be 'overly burdensome'.