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Life cycle assessment for improving sustainability of infrastructure
Date:
Monday, October 17, 2022 - 13:00
Event:
National Events
Presenter:
Barrett Moulds (MC)
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/event/2022/09/life-cycle-assessment-improving-sustainability-infrastructure-45066 To avoid worsening impacts of climate change, the world needs to rapidly transition to low carbon design. In this webinar, case studies will be presented on the use of life cycle assessment by engineers, including carbon accounting, to inform design alternative reviews. The objective of presenting these case studies is to promote the benefits of LCA and educate engineers in the practice of carbon accounting.
Exporting solar energy worldwide
Date:
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 13:30
Event:
National Events
Presenter:
Jeswant Brahamanandam
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
This event will focus on the engineering challenges to be overcome in delivering the Suncable project, including: Overall sustainability goals/objectives of the project (e.g. expected emissions abated in Australia and Singapore) Specific engineering challenges with HVDC (losses, grid connection across 3 countries etc) Environmental challenges – ie seabed protection from cabling, any habitat considerations on land/ sea / and at the land/sea transition point
Sustainable procurement and the role of engineers in the circular economy (Online)
Date:
Monday, August 8, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:30
Event:
National Events
Presenter:
Catherine Caldwell - Australian Government Department of Agriculture Water and Environment, Resource Circu, Monica Richter - Senior Manager, Low Carbon Futures, WWF Materials and Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance, Sophie Degagny - Associate Director, KPMG
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
About the event In this session we will present an overview of the National Waste Policy as a driver in Australia’s transition to a circular economy, explain why the use of secondary materials is important in this transition, and how engineers can open opportunities and influence the transition. We will also introduce WWF’s Materials and Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA) and discuss how it is bringing Australian government and industry together to decarbonise Australia’s built environment, how the design and construction of new buildings will need to change over the next decade, and how the industry is looking to engineers to accelerate the transition.
Renewable hydrogen developments in South Australia (In person and online)
Date:
Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 17:30
Event:
SA NT and Overseas Events
Presenter:
Richard Day - SA Dept of Energy & Mining, Paul Rassmusen - Development Director, Energy Estate, Hannah van Niekerk - Junior Associate, Energy Estate
Venue:
EA SA HQ - L11, 108 King William St, Adelaide SA
Synopsis:
Positioning the State as a world class clean hydrogen supplier: - South Australia has the wind, sun, land, and infrastructure to be a world class renewable hydrogen supplier. Hear from South Australia’s Department for Energy and Mining about a range of the State's major current and proposed renewable hydrogen developments and initiatives including the State’s Hydrogen Action Plan, Export Modelling Tool and Prospectus, Hydrogen Park South Australia (HypSA), Port Pirie Green Hydrogen Project and the Eyre Peninsula Gateway Project.
Planetary Boundaries and Sustainable Futures (Rescheduled)
Date:
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 13:00
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Dr Will Steffen
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
There is an urgent need for a new paradigm that integrates the continued development of human societies and the maintenance of the Earth System in a resilient and accommodating state. The planetary boundary framework contributes to such a paradigm by providing a science-based analysis of the risk that human perturbations will destabilize the Earth System at the planetary scale. The planetary boundary concept, introduced in 2009, and updated in 2015, aims to define the environmental limits within which humanity can safely operate. Come and hear from Dr Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), on the nine planetary boundaries, their interdependencies, and why an understanding of planetary boundaries is important to engineering a sustainable future.
UOW Sustainable Buildings Research Centre and Information Evening
Date:
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 17:30
Event:
NSW Events
Presenter:
University of Wollongong - Duane Robinson, Timothy McCarthy
Venue:
University of Wollongong | Sustainable Buildings Research Centre Sustainable Buildings Research Centre Building 237, Innovation Campus Squires Way, Fairy Meadow, NSW
Synopsis:
Part 1 - Sustainable Buildings Tour The Sustainable Building Research Centre (SBRC) features will be explained on the tour which will also include: our latest full scale building energy testing facility, our two net zero energy houses Solar Decathlon Houses (modular construction with outstanding energy performance and architectural beauty), 2013 Solar Decathlon China (Gold), Illawarra Flame house and the 2018 SD Middle East, (Silver), Desert Rose House. Part 2 - Sustainable energy at the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre As the electricity grid is shifting towards renewable based generation and inclusion of battery-based energy storage, we will present research projects that attempt to address power quality issues and new opportunities associated with integration onto the electrical grid.
Planetary Boundaries and Sustainable Futures
Date:
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 17:30
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Dr Will Steffen
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
There is an urgent need for a new paradigm that integrates the continued development of human societies and the maintenance of the Earth System in a resilient and accommodating state. The planetary boundary framework contributes to such a paradigm by providing a science-based analysis of the risk that human perturbations will destabilize the Earth System at the planetary scale. The planetary boundary concept, introduced in 2009, and updated in 2015, aims to define the environmental limits within which humanity can safely operate. Come and hear from Dr Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), on the nine planetary boundaries, their interdependencies, and why an understanding of planetary boundaries is important to engineering a sustainable future.
Recovered Glass Sand as Pipe Embedment
Date:
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 12:30
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Venue:
Synopsis:
Glass is an inert, endlessly recyclable material, yet it is all too often sent to landfills throughout Australia never to be reused or recycled. Typically, because of a lack of viable local end-users. Recovered glass sand is one potential product that can be derived from recycled glass containers. Recently, Icon Water has approved recovered glass sand for use as pipe embedment on its sewer network. Similar products can also be widely used for other infrastructure and civil engineering applications. Come and hear Joel Edwards, Sustainability and Resource Recovery Coordinator at ICON Water, discuss the journey from concept to reality, looking at product development, product specification, key requirements, and product uptake while highlighting the key lessons learnt along the way and detailing the future for the product.
Learning from Canberra’s Climate-Fuelled Summer of Crisis
Date:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 16:00
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Dr Paul Bannister
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
In May 2019, the Australian Capital Territory recognised a state of ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action across all levels of Government and commits the Territory to “national and international leadership on climate change”. Seemingly on cue, the horrific summer of 2019-20 has underlined the stark reality that global heating is already directly impacting the quality and security of life in the ACT. In June 2020, the ACT Climate Change Council released a report outlining the main lessons from the summer period and provided recommendations they believe will assist the ACT Government in responding to the ongoing impacts of the Climate Emergency. The recommendations covered a wide range of policy areas, reflecting the wide range of material, social, health, and environmental effects that were demonstrated this past summer. Dr Paul Bannister will present the key findings from the report and discuss insights into the lessons we can learn from the trials of fire, smoke and hail that defined summer 2019-20 in Canberra.
Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Smart Grid and Decarbonising the Power Industry
Date:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 17:00
Event:
VIC Events
Presenter:
Professor Luis Ochoa, University of Melbourne and Ms Katie Brown, DELWP, Melbourne
Venue:
On Line
Synopsis:
This seminar will examine the technical and government policies of adopting DER and Smart Grid technologies from Australian perspective.

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