QLD’s EIS Generic Terms of Reference (ToR) amended to give more importance to Climate and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   The American Meteorological Association defines Climate Change as any systematic change in the long-term statistics of climate elements sustained over several decades or longer. The most obvious evidence of Climate Change in the world is undoubtedly the global warming, which is led by an increase in the…

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Are the zero emissions from electric vehicles really zero?

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   In Australia, more than 55% of NOx and 12.9% of PM2.5 emissions to air that are caused by human activities are due to motor vehicle traffic. Higher concentrations of these pollutants tend to occur in the morning and evening because peak traffic volumes can coincide with times…

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Pros and cons for air quality of waste-to-energy

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   Waste-to-Energy (WtE/W2E) or Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities have faced historical resistance. The potential of WtE as an alternative energy source is gaining momentum including the recent introduction of the Energy from Waste Policy in NSW.   W2E relies on a range of proven and emerging technologies that have…

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In Memory of Karen Lunney

Karen Lunney

One of Katestone’s founders, Karen Lunney, passed away at the end of last year. She had been battling cancer for over 10 years.   Karen was an amazing woman and if it wasn’t for her and Peter’s vision Katestone wouldn’t be the business it is today. In fact, it wouldn’t exist at all! Karen had…

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Our Journey with Power

Power Generation

How do you power your day? You might look at your long-finished cup of coffee or the half eaten toast on your desk – the items that keep your battery going – but what about the power that lights up your home and office, or charges the battery in your car that takes you to…

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Cooling off CBD peak demand ~ Industry breakfast: Nov 12, 2014

photo of Brisbane river

Examining Innovation in Energy Systems What will our energy system look like in 50 years, 20 years or even 5 years from now? In terms of electricity – will it look much the same as it does today, or will it be a diverse mix of centralised and distributed generation plants? Energy efficiency across the…

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Gigajoule saved more than a gigajoule earned

Just days before Prime Minister Rudd called the election, participants at Katestone’s Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry seminar were thinking through scenarios for handling greenhouse gas emissions from gasfield developments in Queensland. Katestone Senior Consultant Lisa Smith showed how a combination of unknowns, like carbon price, reporting method selection and methane global warming potential might…

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Enthusiastic discussion at mining sustainable development seminar

Scott Losee presenting Mining Sustainability Seminar

Last Wednesday evening, March 13, we held our first industry seminar at Marie St with excellent participation by clients and mining industry representatives. Scott Losee delivered an engaging powerpoint, connecting mining and sustainable development. He canvassed the business case, highlighted public statements by mining companies and compared guideline and rating tool approaches. Our guests were quick to…

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Seminar: Mining Sustainable Development – what have we come to?

Photo of open cut coal mine

An influential sustainability group once said, ‘In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing materials drawn from the Earth’s crust’ (TNS) – thus pinpointing an inherent incongruity between mining and sustainability. The reactions of mining companies to sustainable development have ranged from embracing it (at least publicly) to seeding scepticism. Are head…

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