Sustainability

Solar power and LED lighting a hit for meat facility

27 March, 2015 | Supplied by: Enhar

At the Tip Top Butchers meat facility in Melbourne, a 202 kW solar PV array and 108 high-bay LED lights were installed in 2013 with grant funding support from the Clean Technology Innovation Program (CTIP).


AWA sets water innovation challenge

23 March, 2015 | Supplied by: AWA

The Australian Water Association has set the Australian Water Innovation Challenge: entrepreneurs and established companies have been challenged to enter their most innovative water technology solutions in this new competition.


One extra day of shelf life equals 250,000 tonnes of food waste prevented

16 March, 2015

Increasing the shelf life of certain foods by just one extra day could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food going to waste each year, according to British sustainability organisation WRAP.


Tea company selects bio-based packaging for organic range

11 March, 2015 | Supplied by: Innovia Films Pty Ltd

US company Carrington Tea has selected bio-based NatureFlex packaging films for its Carrington Organics Tea line.


Waste sucks! How vacuum technology can reduce wastewater

06 March, 2015

In a bid to reduce the amount of wastewater produced in food processing, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has launched the BioSuck project that uses vacuum technology to suction off non-edible waste. The captured waste can be recycled or converted into energy.


Energy Efficient Loans boost productivity for manufacturing, agriculture

24 February, 2015

The Energy Efficient Loan program, a joint initiative from the Commonwealth Bank and Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is financing technologies that reduce energy costs.


Tetra Pak obtains FSC CoC certification for all 92 facilities

20 February, 2015

Tetra Pak has obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for all of its converting plants and market companies. The certification means the company can now supply FSC-labelled packages from anywhere in the world.


Tetra Rex Bio-based carton makes world debut in Finland

20 February, 2015

Tetra Pak's plant-based carton packaging has hit shelves for the first time, as Finnish dairy producer Valio becomes the first company in the world to adopt it.


Frazer-Nash to provide engineering support to sustainable greenhouse project

17 February, 2015

Sundrop Farms has selected Frazer-Nash Consultancy to provide Owner's Engineer support to its 20 ha sustainable greenhouse project in Port Augusta.


Powerstar Virtue energy storage system

13 February, 2015 | Supplied by: EMSc Australia Pty Ltd

Powerstar Virtue is an energy storage system which harnesses the excess voltage supplied from the grid, stores the excess and deploys it at times when the cost of power is at peak tariff.


Powerstar Virtue energy storage system

13 February, 2015

Powerstar Virtue is an energy storage system which harnesses the excess voltage supplied from the grid, stores the excess and deploys it at times when the cost of power is at peak tariff.


Proven wastewater technologies combine to double green energy and environmental benefits

29 January, 2015 | Supplied by: CST Wastewater Solutions

Proven DAF technologies can be very profitably combined with the latest anaerobic waste digestion technologies which not only extract very high levels of harmful COD contaminants from wastewater streams and sludge by-products, but also convert them into profitable green energy.


Wheat yields to drop as global temperatures rise

16 January, 2015

What do climate change and your morning toast have in common? It looks like more of one will lead to less of the other: for every degree that the world's temperature rises, the global wheat crop will decrease by 6%, according to a new study.


What happens when we hit peak soy? Renewable resources running out

16 January, 2015

While using renewable substitutes for non-renewables is a great way to reduce our environmental impact, there's no escaping the fact that renewables are finite. So what happens when we hit 'peak soy' or 'peak corn'?


Reduce water use in food production, engineers urge

09 January, 2015

How much water is in your food? Not the actual liquid content, but how much water does it take to produce the sandwich you had for lunch? A UN Water study suggests that each person 'consumes' between 2000 and 5000 litres of water through their food each day.


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