SENG QLD April 2018 Newsletter

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SENG QLD Newsletter - April  2018

Welcome to Newsletter Number 71

Dear SENG Qld members and friends,
On the 20th February, the 2018 SENG launch was held at the Green Beacon Brewing Co. This event provided the opportunity for new and existing members to network and discover what we each, individually and collectively, hope to deliver as SENG outcomes from this year's event program.
Information was presented about the committee and the nomination process for available positions as SENG hopes to increase attendance, broaden input at meetings, and welcome new commitee members.
The event very successfully provided members with the opportunity to learn from each other's industry experiences while making new connections with like-minded engineers from all disciplines. Following the evening's success, SENG plans to host similar networking presentations througout 2018.
This month’s newsletter includes:

Upcoming SENG Events

Other Events

Interesting Snippets

Open for comment

David's Blog

As always, we welcome input from members regarding topics or speakers of interest. Please contact one of the Qld committee members, or consider coming along to a committee meeting, held at Engineering House prior to each of our technical seminars. We hope to see you there!

Sustainable Engineering Society

Qld Branch
Engineers Australia.


Our proposed event schedule is below, note that this may change due to the availability of speakers.
April/May - Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, what does it mean to deliver a 'Sustainable Event".
July - WASTE - Closing the cycle - zero waste economy, this session will look at what is currently happening and how we can best manage our waste using the four R's as the basis.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Reduce - Richard Denniss - Curing Affluenza
- Reuse - Nu Grow - Recycing and reuse opportunities
- Recycle - to be confirmed
- Recover - All Energy - Anaerobic digestion for energy recovery from organics
September - Australians Renewable energy landscape
An overview of the current renewable energy landscape in Australia and the direction it is heading.
October - Annual Qld Environmental Engineering Student Awards Night
SENG and WMAA have been hosting the annual Environmental Student Award in Queensland since 1999. The event allows Environmental Engineering and Science undergraduate students from Queensland universities to showcase their thesis work to an audience of industry professionals and fellow students. This night also allows a demonstration of the directions in current environmental research and to show the diversity and quality of content in thesis studies from all over Queensland
Note that these might change due to the availability of speakers and venue.  Information on past events is available from our website.
November - Standards and Sustainability
How are changing standards affecting sustainability outcomes in the engineering/construction industry?

Other Events

Building A Wind-Farm: The Australian Context, held 11 April 2018
Large scale wind farms have been in operation within the country for over a decade, providing a reliable renewable energy source for Australia. This presentation aims to discuss the key project stages associated with building a wind farm in the Australian landscape. Read more or register here. Registration closes Tuesday 10th April, 16:00
OZWATER '18 is the the largest Australian gathering of water enthusiasts,
held from 8 - 10 May 2018 at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The event is run for water professionals, policy-makers, students, scientists and researchers, and will display the latest water industry science, innovation, technology, products and services. Find out more here.

Interesting Snippets

For your interest, horror and amusement. SENG makes no claims regarding the accuracy or currency of these items, but always refer to authoritative sources.
Thirsty Energy - Integrated Water and Energy Planning
Aurecon Group Global Services Leader for Water Dr James Cullis, will present onthe outcomes of the World Bank’s Thirsty Energy Initiative during Ozwater '18. Using the recent water crisis in Capetown, South Africa to support the urgency for sustainable water management, Dr Cullis addresses the increasing importance of integrated water and energy planning as resources become more constrained. Read more here, or select the link to register for Ozwater '18.
Record-Breaking Global Renewable Energy Divestment!
The global energy sector is breaking records as it transitions steadily towards renewable energy dominance. Wind and solar power are at record low cost, somewhat explaining why 155 gigawatts (GW) of new wind and solar projects were installed globally last year. For some persepctive, 75GW is greater than Australia's total electricity power capacity. Find more uplifting facts from this great article here.

No More Bad Investments - Presentation Recording Available 

A recording of Ian Dunlop's presentation on 'The Case for Emergency Action on Climate Change' from November 23rd's forum last year is now available here. The forum explored climate risk and examined the proposed No More Bad Investments (NMBI) model legislation drafted by Environment Justice Australia and Philip Sutton.

The legislation’s purpose is to facilitate a transition to a ‘safe climate economy’ through the prevention of activities with adverse climate impacts, and through driving a transition to activities without these impacts. The NMBI Q&A document can be downloaded here.

City by City – Climate Emergency Mobilisation Plans

The Climate Mobilisation organisation have drafted implementation plans, uniquely targeting specific cities, to provide clear guidelines for shifting key sectors of the economy toward zero fossil fuel consumption. Read about the plans or register your own city to be considered for the next climate mobilisation plan here.

New PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

A National Environmental Management Plan addressing Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has been endorsed by Australia's Environment Ministers and released to the public. These substances were recently used in firefighting foams, cloth material treatments, paper products and electroplating, but have now been recognised as high risk to huan and environmental health. Find a copy of the PFAS NEMP here, as well as guidelines, a consultation summary report, and much more.

EDO Win - New Acland Mine Expansion Rejected 
 The Qld Environmental Defenders Office recently celebrated a cautious victory in one of Australia's highest environmental public interest case. In February 2018, the Environment Department in Queensland upheld an historic May 2017 Land Court decision refusing the New Acland Mine coal expansion, situated in fertile agricultural land in the Darling Downs. However, a judicial review application, to be heard 19 March 2018, may render the Land Court’s decision invalid. Stay tuned, read more here.
Community Virtual Power Stations
Lendlease have developed a new housing project with its own virtual power station (VPS). The solar and battery storage and energy monitoring system connects 67 homes into one power supply. the energy is monitored and managed, then dispatched to all.  This allows neighbourhoods and communities to use electricity more intelligently and become more power-independent, by optimising supply and shifting demand patterns. Find more details here
Clean Energy Regulator's National Greenhouse and Energy Report
The Clean Energy Regulator have released their 2016/2017 report regarding National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting data. Visit the website here to find factsheets outlining key findings regarding Australia's 10 highest greenhouse gas emitters, State and Territory emissions, changes in the Energy sector and much more. 

Household Wastewater May Disrupt Aquatic Ecology

A range of evidence-based links within a study published in Elements, indicate that Pharmaeutical and Personal Care Pollution (PPCP) is harmful and potentially ecologically disruptive to aquatic life. These findings support the urgent need for investment and innovation in wastewater infrastructure and treatment facilities. Find out more here.

Global Resources Company Shuns Coal Projects
South32, a global resources company, are diverting their interests from thermal coal due to increase demand for renwables. Four coal mines in South Africa are to be sold. CEO Graham Kerr was quoted, saying that South32 and he "believe in climate change and that over time the world does need to de­carbonise". "Thermal coal is not for us". The tide is turning, read more here.

Innovatively Greening Melbourne's West
The Stony Creek project in Melbourne's West, known as Greening the West, aims to create a community green space by applying stormwater harvesting and tree planting principles. They plan to measure the project's success with a range of social and ecological crieteria. Find out more details of this innovative project here.
Germany - Clean Energy Superpower
Over the past three decades, Germany has cemented its role as a trendsetter for clean energy. See why.
Prosecution: Individual Fined $45,000 for Illegal Waste Activities. 
A Mount Morgan land owner has been convicted and fined $45 000 in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court, on charges relating to the illegal storage and handling of regulated waste on his property. Read more here.
Prosecution: $36,000 Fines and Costs for Unlawfully Transporting Asbestos. 
The Ipswich Magistrates Court imposed a $36 000 fine on an individual for unlawfully transporting asbestos and for failing to record the proper information about the transport in a waste transport certificate. The transport of asbestos is regulated because asbestos has the potential to release contaminants into the environment and cause harm to human health.
Prosecution: $30,000 Fines and Costs for Contravening a Condition of Approval. 
The Beenleigh Magistrates Court imposed a $30 000 fine on a composting company for not managing dam water levels to prevent overflow, especially at a time of year when extreme weather events are common. The dam posed a risk of environmental harm to the catchment and nearby waterways. 

How many Children should you have if you Care About the Planet?

How do you balance your desire to have kids with concerns about their impact on the environment? We get a range of perspectives on this thorny question. Read the full story

Queensland Waste Levy introduced to Curb Interstate Waste.

A proposed new tax is targetting unscrupulous businesses transporting waste into Queensland to take advantage of the cheaper dumping fees. Read more here. introduced How do you balance your desire to have kids with concerns about their impact on the environment? We get a range of perspectives on this thorny question. Read the full story

Awards and Open for Comment

Annual Qld Environmental Engineering Student Awards Night - October 2018
SENG and WMAA have been hosting the annual Environmental Student Award in Queensland since 1999.  The event allows Environmental Engineering and Science undergraduate students from Queensland universities to showcase their thesis work to an audience of industry professionals and fellow students. This night also allows a demonstration of the directions in current environmental research and to show the diversity and quality of content in thesis studies from all over Queensland. Find out more about this fantastic honorary event here.
2018 Young Environmental Engineer of the Year Award nominations are now open. Read about eligibilty requirements and judging criteria here. Nominations close 5pm Tuesday, 1 May 2018. Apply for the Award here

Drawdown EcoChallenge
is a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction, from April 4 - 25. Following actions highlighted in the book Drawdown, participants track and share their progress online in a spirit of comaraderie, friendly competition and fun, while promoting collective action. It's free for everyone to join a team, register a team, or join their community team. Find out more here

Petition to enact legistlation to ban new investments in coal - Sign the  petition here for the Queensland Government to enact legislation banning all new investment in coal, oil, and gas projects within Queensland, that contribute to global warming.

Moment for Action 

Sign the petition

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