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Water 'footprinting' will set new standards in the food and energy industries

While engineering firms with innovative solutions will benefit from the growing scarcity of drinking water, most companies will struggle to adapt to ever more stringent regulation. Building on lifecycle analysis, forward-thinking firms are working toward a standard for water 'footprinting' that will allow food and energy players in particular to show their sustainability credentials.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy retail: disconnection rates far lower than in foreign markets

UK energy regulator Ofgem has criticized npower for having the highest rate of energy customer disconnections within the UK. However, the domestic disconnection rates recorded by the UK utility fall well short of the Victorian market in Australia and the New Zealand national market.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2008
Expert View
Expert View

Time for Australia to unlock its geothermal energy potential

The Australian geothermal industry has recently received a double boost from the government, which has changed tax laws to allow companies to write-off exploration costs and increased the renewable energy fund in its 2010 budget. Australia now has a chance to become a world leader in the geothermal energy market, but doubts remain as to whether it can capitalize on its position.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2010
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Expert View

The EU ETS will require emissions to rise

As the cornerstone of EU emissions policy, the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will require emissions to rise to increase the price of carbon in order for the scheme to have the desired effect.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2013
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The Australian cuts to green programs are misguided

The Australian government's decision to replace ecological programs with carbon price legislation represents both injudicious thinking and a massive political gamble. This is another reversal of direction in national environmental policy, and will mean that businesses remain unsure of the market and thus reluctant to take significant climate change action in case the goalposts move yet again.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell/Coles Myer: alliance may prompt fuel price war

Coles Myer is going head to head with Woolworths in the fuel retailing business to drive growth among its supermarkets and other outlets. While the alliance may help grow sales, Coles Myer will need to be wary of the wafer-thin margins in fuel retailing while Woolworths will surely fight hard to maintain its share.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2003
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Rising commodity prices due to Queensland floods put pressure on utilities

Flooding in the Australian state of Queensland has covered an area the size of France and Germany combined. The floods are making a significant impact on the supply and prices of a number of commodities such as cotton, wheat, sugar, other foodstuffs, and particularly coal. The latter will place further pressure on utilities, which are reliant on coal-based energy generation.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Renewable energy: Australia's going green

Australians are among the most willing national groups to support the environment and use green energy. Indeed, the number of households in Australia consuming accredited green power is expected to expand rapidly over the next two to three years. However, Australians need to be better informed of the options available to them, and more accessible pricing options should be offered.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

New South Wales: the long road to power sector reform

Spanning three state Labor premiers and two treasurers since 2007, New South Wales' arduous power privatization process has stalled yet again, having become a victim of its own complexity. Despite expressions of interest being received in late 2009, state treasurer Eric Roozendaal's new timetable means that the process may drag into 2011, or at best conclude in late 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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New methods to capture and store carbon dioxide needed on a mass scale to meet emissions targets

Carbon capture and storage needs to account for nearly one third of all carbon emissions reductions if climate change targets are to be met, but the technology is still uneconomical and is years away from commercial deployment.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2012

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