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Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 31st, 2008

What: Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group “Retrofitting Australia’s homes for greater energy efficiency” with Lyn and Maurice Beinat from ecoMaster
When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2008/6.30pm (notice we have changed from our usual Monday time, due to Melbourne Cup)
Where: Top Floor, Kindness House 288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Charge: By donation

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A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households

Posted in Research by Devin Maeztri on October 20th, 2008

This abstract was recently listed on Australian Policy Online. To see the original document visit A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households.

A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households
KPMG, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Ecos Corporation

Posted: 25-09-2008

This report recommends the federal government implements a national energy efficiency program for 3.5 million low-income households over the next seven years. Although the government has committed to CPI indexation and cash assistance, cash assistant alone does not represent the best long-term solution for low-income households and government.

The program would involve a home visit that would determine the most appropriate package of energy efficiency measures for each household. Each household would receive energy efficiency improvements up to the value of $2,000 (including the cost of the visit). The energy efficiency improvements may include, compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) light bulbs, efficient shower roses, weather proofing, curtains, ceiling insulation and efficient refrigerators. Some households with special circumstances that need energy efficient water heating or air-conditioning may receive a grant of up to $6,000.

This report finds that the costs of energy will rise substantially even without the introduction of the CPRS. An improvement in energy efficiency provides an opportunity for an effective demand side response by households that can shield households from the impact of rising energy costs through a reduction of energy consumption.

To read the full document visit A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households – download full document


Dr Ruth Lane shares her research on waste, Sustainable Cities Round Table, 24 September

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on October 9th, 2008

Ruth Lane, Senior Lecturer in Enviroment & Planning at RMIT University spoke at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Waste Not Want Not on the topic of “The reuse of second hand goods in Melbourne households“. This paper gave an excellent research-based focus to the topic of waste complementing the other presentations on the evening. Please check out the video of Ruth’s presentation below. A paper that Ruth has also written that strongly correlates to this research is : Lane, R., Horne, R. and Bicknell, J. (in review) Routes of reuse of second hand goods in Melbourne households, Australian Geographer.

Households Waste
Survey of Households Waste

Survey of Households Waste

Households Waste

Australian Conservation Foundation’s Consumption Atlas

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on July 17th, 2007

The environmental not-for-profit, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), has recently released the Consumption Atlas, a new interactive online tool that reveals that “people living in Australias wealthiest metropolitan areas are responsible for the countrys highest household greenhouse pollution based on their levels of consumption of goods and services.”

Below is an article from the ACF website (or click here) with more details about the Atlas and household consumption. To go directly to the Atlas go to http://www.acfonline.org.au/custom_atlas/index.html.

ACFs Consumption Atlas enables Australians to view the greenhouse pollution created by households in their suburb. The Atlas shows that the more things people buy, the greater their contribution to climate change. ACF is encouraging householders to be smarter with how they spend their money, and consider the impact of their purchasing behaviour on the environment.
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