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Direct Geothermal Systems pilot in Victoria: Prof. Ian Johnston

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on April 23rd, 2012

7 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Image from Direct Energy website

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Guest

Prof. Ian Johnston Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Melbourne

Prof. Ian Johnston leads a team of geothermal experts from the University of Melbourne demonstrating direct geothermal systems in Victorian conditions.  Earlier this month (3rd April 2012), the Victorian State Government announced a $1.6 million grant to support the work of the University of Melbourne and its industrial partners, Geotechnical Engineering and Direct Energy. This project will install geothermal heating and cooling systems into a range of buildings around Victoria and will monitor their performance.
Direct geothermal energy uses the ground to within several tens of metres below the surface to extract heat in winter for heating and to reject heat in summer for cooling. Prof Johnston will join us to explain how this technology works and what the project will achieve.
Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joining us in bringing you this event.

6:30- 8pm Monday 7 May

Entry: Gold coin donation
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

For more information about our guest, visit the discussion group at Beyond Zero Emissions

Green Technologies Manager: CERES

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs

Image: Biolytix System via EPA

CERES Community Environment Park is seeking a Green Technologies Manager.

Applications close September 28.

Green technology has been a source of inspiration and wonder at CERES since its earliest years. Its products form the basis for many of the displays and educational programs at CERES. In the early 1980s CERES had an intensive worm-farming and composting program. It had the latest in energy saving designs and technologies in the Low Energy House. It had a water management master plan aimed at collecting and storing water from roads and rooves. And it helped organize the first kerb-side waste collection pilot scheme for Melbourne.

Since those times the breadth of green technologies has continued expanding – embracing renewable energy production (PVs and wind), energy conservation, water harvesting and distribution, waste management and recycling (including composting and worm farming), organic agriculture (including aquaponics in recent times), sustainable building design and construction, and alternative transport (bikes and electric vehicles). Most recently CERES green technology work has focused on solutions to climate change – including exploring solutions in developing countries (in conjunction with CERES Global annual trips to India and Indonesia).

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Report on “Smart 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age”

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on February 24th, 2009

This report was recently published on Australian Policy Online. To view the full text of the document click here.

Transformation in the way people and businesses use technology could reduce annual man-made global emissions by 15 per cent by 2020 and deliver energy efficiency savings to global businesses of over EUR 500 billion (AUD 980 billion), according to a new report published by independent non-profit The °Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

The report – SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age – is the worlds first comprehensive global study of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors growing significance for the worlds climate. The reports supporting analysis, conducted independently by international management consultants McKinsey & Company, shows that while ICTs own sector footprint – currently two per cent of global emissions – will almost double by 2020, ICTs unique ability to monitor and maximise energy efficiency both within and outside of its own sector could cut CO2 emissions by up to five times this amount. This represents a saving of 7.8 Giga-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) by 2020 – greater than the current annual emissions of either the US or China.

To read the full report click here.