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Adelaide To Become The World’s First Carbon Neutral City

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South Australia’s Premier is to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at Paris Climate Conference 2015. Adelaide is set to become the world’s first carbon neutral city, according to the Premier for South Australia, Jay Weatherill. The announcement is at the centre of a bold environmental plan for the region to become a global laboratory for world environmental projects, thinking and innovation.

The Premier made the announcement on route to the forthcoming 2015 Paris Climate Conference where he will meet UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon and lead discussions about how regional Governments can lead the way in taking action towards addressing climate change. Weatherill is also Co-chair of the States and Regions Alliance which is part of an international NGO (based in London) called The Climate Group.

The Climate Group States & Regions brings together sub-national government leaders from around the world in a powerful, high-profile network that shares expertise, demonstrates impact and influences the international climate dialogue.

Before travelling to Paris, the Premier spent time at Second Home in London with its founder Rohan Silva and met Ecotricity boss and eco entrepreneur Dale Vince at Forest Green Football Club in Stroud, Gloucestershire to discuss environmental innovation and renewable energy.

Jay Weatherill said: “I believe that we should use this moment to boldly declare Adelaide/South Australia as the global laboratory for creating the world’s first truly low carbon economy. It shows the world what a small, but committed jurisdiction of just 1.7 million people can do. It points the way to more to come and it’s real, not wishful thinking.”

South Australia’s environmental programme is set to include:

A commitment for Adelaide to become the world’s first carbon neutral city

A target for South Australia to achieve net zero emissions by 2050

41% of current energy needs met by renewables (wind & solar)

An ambition to become a low carbon electricity powerhouse and net exporter of renewable energy

Proposals sought for low carbon electricity to meet up to 100% of the State Government’s electricity usage

Already one in four households with solar PV systems and growing

The highest rate of re-cycling and lowest level of per capita land fill disposal in Australia

World’s best practice of container deposit legislation that supports a recycling industry

A commitment to electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles as the preferred mode of transport in the CBD, starting with the greening of government cars

Commenced on-road trials on the southern expressway for driverless cars (Volvo) – the first in the Southern Hemisphere

Introducing smart lighting for streets

Increasing use of recycled water in gardens and homes

Water tanks mandated for all new homes and house extensions

Building upgrade finance scheme to improve energy balance in buildings

Industry sector greenhouse agreements across the economy

Parliamentary endorsed climate change and greenhouse gas emissions reduction legislation

Ecological sustainability principles enshrined in planning laws

Extensive geothermal research and development underway in the far north of SA

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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