While the fortunes of the mineral industry in Australia have risen and fallen several times between 2008 and 2012, five universities working with the CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship have been developing a range of answers to questions about the long-term future of minerals in Australia.
Concerns over energy security and the high cost of upgrading transmission lines are motivating rural communities in northern New South Wales to investigate local energy generation, energy conservation and efficiency.
Having been involved in the research underpinning some of the sustainability initiatives for the new Central Park development, we have been interested to watch the installation of the large green wall across the road from our office.
The results of a year-long research study examining the underlying factors and processes shaping the adaptive capacity of Australian Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to climate change and associated sea level rise have just been published.
The University of Technology, Sydney is developing strong long term relationships with a selection of overseas universities. TheseKey Technology Partnerships aim to strengthen ties, increase the number of inbound students and establish mutually beneficial research relationships. The Institute is involved in two of these KTP relationships.
Over the past 15 years, the scientific community has increasingly invoked the idea of ‘ecosystem services’ to convince policy makers to take action to conserve nature based on the “value” of biodiversity and ecosystems to humans.
Sustainability Victoria has just released the DANCE model recently developed by Institute researchers. The Dynamic Avoidable Network Cost Evaluation model consists of time series maps that highlight value hotspots in both time and space where decentralized energy (DE) resources could potentially be applied most cost-effectively by deferring network investment.
Following a very successful recruitment round we are pleased to welcome several new staff to the Institute. A large number of candidates with impressive qualifications and experience applied for each of the advertised positions.