Energy Category

Australia’s Fuel Security Risk – 3 days of hospital pharmacy and 7 days of food

I thought it might be timely to highlight the risk of our liquid fuel security, it is a “high risk, high likelihood” that we still aren’t taking seriously. Why is it timely? Asia Pacific extreme weather events. In February this year the NRMA (yep, the stalwart of liquid fuel use) produced an excellent report that […]

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Time to beef up Sydney – lessons from Hong Kong

I heard an interesting fact over the weekend – over 3 million people live above the 14th floor in Hong Kong. Wow, that’s almost 2/3rds of the population of Sydney living above the 14th floor. It got me thinking, how does Sydney compare to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has a population density of 6,100 people […]

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Sustainability versus Climate Change

A quick post on my recent experiences in the different perceptions of climate change and sustainability. I recently ran a sustainability workshop in a town located in Northern NSW, beautiful town, on a river prone to flooding, near the ocean but low lying and in an area most hit by the global financial crisis. So […]

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Regulation drives innovation – proof is in the storage

A couple of days ago almost every news channel in Australia reported in a very positive light the pathetic news that “despite political uncertainty, the latest research indicates that Australia has managed to reduce greenhouse emissions levels to zero growth over the past decade”. But the media also stated that our climate change initiatives “still […]

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How to be green – use energy savings not energy credit

In the awesome book “Is sustainability still sustainable?” there is a chapter on the Energy Trap – the fact that it takes non-renewable energy to harness renewable energy – and how the energy trap requires huge political will to overcome it. But the book also ponders whether our individual behaviour could overcome the energy trap. […]

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The negative consequences of energy efficiency policy

I’m going to touch on a couple of things in this post – a recently formed research group out of the US about how people impact energy efficiency and also how house energy efficiency policy such as Basix is increasing the use of air conditioning. First up the impact of people Researchers from the MIT […]

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How to be green – Green It Yourself

One of the great things about our technology revolution is the increased connection and sharing of ideas, particularly the sharing of ideas about how to be green. In this post I will cover three examples of online movements about how to be green from improving what you already have, to repurposing what you are about […]

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