WA SENG August 2018 Newsletter No. 2

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WA SENG Newsletter #2 - August  2018

Welcome to the WA SENG Division Newsletter

The WA SENG committee has had a very busy few months planning some great events and looking at opportunities to provide more value to our members. This month's newsletter includes:

An overview of our June Event: "Implementation of EEI - Anammox process for wastewater treatment"

An invitation to our August Event: "PFAS: Sustainable Management and Remediation"

An overview of our Upcoming Events

Information on the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2018

Interesting Snippets

Awards and items Open for comment

If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding what you would like WA SENG to be doing more of, please let me know at  

Michelle North
Chair, WA Sustainable Engineering Society

June event: Implementation of EEI - Anammox process for wastewater treatment
This fantastic event "Implementation of EEI - Anammox process for wastewater treatment"  was held in at the WA Engineers Australia Auditorium on 20 June 2018. Dr Raj Kurup delivered a fascinating presentation about the award-winning anammox process technology that his company, Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd (EEI), has developed for treating high nitrogen effluent streams.

WA SENG wishes to thank Dr Kurup for his time and inspiring contribution to sustainable engineering practice.

 August event: PFAS: Sustainable Management and Remediation


Managing Director & Principal Environmental Scientist of Western Environmental Pty Ltd, James Gibson will be presenting “PFAS: Sustainable Management and Remediation” on Thurs 30 August 2018 (5:30pm start, with refreshments 6:30-7pm) at the WA Engineers Australia auditorium. James will provide a succinct summary of PFAS chemistry, where to expect these compounds to be present, and the current limitations in assessment methodologies that feed into management decision making. James will also discuss the:

Current state and national framework for PFAS assessment and management. 

Risk drivers for remediation and management. 

An overview of current PFAS treatment technologies and management options and their overall sustainability. 

Register HERE.

Upcoming Events

Asbestos Training Workshop
17 September 2018, 5:30pm for a 6pm start to 7pm
Auditorium, WA Engineers Australia, 712 Murray St West Perth
A joint event with the Construction Panel, WA SENG and Risk Engineering Society, this presentation will by Aurora Environmental will increase member’s knowledge and awareness of asbestos identification and risk assessments. More details coming soon!
Enviro Drinks
6 September 6, 2018, 5:30 PM - LateWolf Lane, 321 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000
An "Enviro Drinks" event has been arranged for Perth, providing a networking platform across the whole environmental industry.  The event is hosted by the Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) in collaboration with Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA), Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and Environmental Consultants Association (ECA).  Regiser here  
Arbor Centre WA Presentation: Protection of Trees on Development Sites
October/November 2018
Auditorium, WA Engineers Australia, 712 Murray St West Perth
At a time when we are losing urban trees at a rapid rate, often unnecessarily, the Australia Standard AS 4970 - Protection of Trees on Development Sites - 2009, can provide a powerful tool for initiating and guiding, the tree retention process.  This AS 4970 presentation by Charlie Firth of the Arbor Centre Pty Ltd is targeted at a more executive, decision making level (for those in roles such as Planners, Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects and Parks managers etc.) and is formulated to provide:

A broad overview of AS 4970; what it models; what it actually says; and the staged process it recommends for tree retention;

An overview, and examples of how to manage the tree retention process, from planning and decision making, through to implementation.

Over all, the aim of the presentation is to equip participants, with a broad understanding of how to utilise this Australian Standard AS 4970, to support the successful retention of worthwhile trees in the urban environment.   This should:

increase participant understanding of the tree retention process and;

Increase participant capacity to ask the right kind of questions, at the right times.

Note - if there are any aspects that you would like the presentation to focus on, please let us know at  

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2018

During the month of August, the Australia’s Science Channel is presenting the “SCINEMA” International Science Film Festival. SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere, celebrating international science-related drama and documentary films.  SCINEMA 2018 provides FREE screenings of amazing films about the human body and movement, energy and transport, environment and nature, health and medical, space and astronomy, innovation and technology, which you can watch in the comfort of your own home or arrange a workplace screening. The Environment Program comprises of the films “Grassroots”, “Nature Calls”, “Planet Earth II: Grasslands”, and the “The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World”. These are recommended for nature and environment enthusiasts who wants to witness the beauty of our world, as well as those making an effort to understand and preserve it.  More info here:­program/

Interesting Snippets
For your interest, horror and amusement, WA SENG makes no claims regarding the accuracy or currency of these items, but always refers to authoritative sources.
The War on Waste
Click here to access the ABC’s War on Waste podcasts, sign up to the email newsletter (for great waste-saving tips), and do what’s "Good for your ‘Hood" by downloading the Action Toolkit to fight the war on waste in your area. 
Engineers Australia Report on the National Energy Plan
Read here about the Finkel Report’s major shortcomings, as identified by the Chair of Engineers Australia’s Electrical College.
Read about the Engineers Australia's recently released submission for the Australian Government's final draft of the NEG Detailed Design Consultancy Paper here.
Linc Energy directors face criminal charges
Five directors of the now-liquidated Linc Energy have been criminally charged and face up to 5 years jail for actions that may be summarised as ecological vandalism undertaken for commercial reasons. Read more about the prosecution’s outcomes regarding Linc’s failure to acknowledge the damage and attempts to hide it from the regulator, here.
Weak Australian climate policy losing billions in health benefits
Professor Capon of the University of Sydney explains how the implementation of less-polluting modes of transport and energy sources would significantly reduce the associated health costs, benefitting Australia's budget bottom line. Find out more here.
Green economy reaches 6% of global listed equity market
The chief executive of FTSE Russell has declared the green economy now holds a share of the global equity market that is equivalent to the oil and gas economy, as they increase and decrease, respectively. Find more authoritative details regarding the world’s transition to sustainable industries here.
California is Exceeding its Emissions Targets
Greenhouse gas pollution levels have been reduced to 1990 levels ahead of its 2020 deadline and its Carbon Intensity is down 38% from 2001 levels. Read more details here.
Scotland Breaking Renewables Records
According to WWF Scotland, energy harvested from wind turbines over 6 months in 2017 produced enough electricity to fulfil the entire nation’s power demands for six days. Find more encouraging statistics about Scotland’s successful transition process here
Two huge solar farms for NSW
German renewable energy giant Innogy will soon begin construction of two solar farms in NSW expected to contribute 460MW to the power grid. Find out more here.

Awards and Open for Comment

Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) Awards
ISCA's Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards recognise and reward projects, assets, organisations and individuals who demonstrate leadership in advancing infrastructure sustainability.  There will be six awards this year: IS Outstanding Achievement Award - Design IS Outstanding Achievement Award - As Built IS Organisational Leadership Award  IS Individual Leadership Award IS Individual Emerging Leadership Award (Aged 30 or under) - NEW IS Innovation Award - NEW 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.

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