Beware the booming industrial sector and its poor carbon profile

The booming industrial sector is going great guns under Covid with people shopping more online and forcing up demand for more logistics space, but will the low carbon profile of many of these buildings as flagged by the Green Building councils of Australia and New Zealand potentially lead to unintended consequences. As the need for […]

McCain Foods go big in Ballarat with renewables

In the race to decarbonise the economy, industrial processing is a tough nut to crack given the amount of heat needed to process goods. But there’s signs of progress, with frozen food giant McCain Foods committing to what it claims is Australia’s largest behind-the-meter renewable energy system.

Industrial sector waking up to wellness – and not a moment too soon

Now that the wellness message has permeated much of the commercial office sector, you’d be hard pressed to find an office without an indoor plant (at the very least). But what about workplace wellness for warehouse and factory workers?

Logistics must be part of any circular economy strategies

The Victorian government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan for the state that will be released later, this year. But critics say the strategy is missing a key component – logistics – and it’s one that is often missing when people think about a circular economy. RMIT Professor Scott Valentine tells The […]

Are data centres still big energy guzzlers?

Data centres consume 3 per cent of the world’s energy so it’s fortunate these buildings are becoming increasingly energy efficient. Sadly these efficiency gains might disappear when the world’s appetite for data is expected to accelerate with the proliferation of artificial intelligence and autonomous cars.

Managing Sydney’s industrial land – striking the balance

The debate about Sydney’s employment lands isn’t over, with urban planner Benjamin Craig advocating for greater flexibility in the city’s approach to industrial and urban services land to better accommodate the jobs of the future.

Why Sydney needs to keep its sheds and industrial lands

Sydney is the manufacturing capital of Australia, worth $21.5 billion, but left unchecked the industrial land that supports so many important activities could be swallowed up and lost forever by rapidly encroaching residential development.

Toyota installs Victoria’s largest solar system

By Cameron Jewell

4 June 2013 — Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Altona, Victoria is now home to a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, the largest roof-mounted PV system in Victoria, and the third-largest nationally.

Stockland bids for full control of Australand

By Tina Perinotto 28 May 2014 – Stockland today (Wednesday) launched a bid for full control of Australand with a $2.4 billion “final and non-binding bid” for remaining shares, after its 19.9 per cent stake acquired in March.

Government axes “cost-effective” Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program

By Cameron Jewell

14 May 2014 — In amidst a budget of shocks and shockers, the government has slipped through a decision to axe the successful Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program, which acts to raise industry’s awareness of energy efficiency savings and has been responsible for at least 40 per cent of industrial energy efficiency improvements since the program began – with associated net financial benefits of $808 million a year.

CEFC biogas investment to help Australian manufacturing

5 March 2014 — With debate raging on how to protect against more manufacturing closes, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, in its first public investment move since the federal election, has stepped in to announce it will finance new biogas infrastructure designed to cut energy costs for agribusinesses and manufacturers.

Airport sustainability? Carbon accounting explained

By Willow Aliento

25 February 2014 — Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney International airports – and newcomer Wellcamp – are all vying for the title of “the most sustainable airport in Australia” with their design, construction and energy-efficiency initiatives.