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25 August 2014
1. LED Streetlighting Ian Harper
2. Street Lighting Update Chris Champion
14 July 2014
3. Sustainability in Public Works Chris Champion
09 October 2013
4. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
5. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Anthony M. Saunders
07 October 2013
6. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Darron Passlow
05 October 2013
7. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Rodney Wallace
01 October 2013
8. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
9. IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Darron Passlow
24 September 2013
10. Carbon Dioxide Myth William L. Peach


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LED Streetlighting
From: Ian Harper
To: Sustainability
Posted: 25 August 2014 9:06 PM
Subject: LED Streetlighting
Message:
The Great South Coast group of 6 Councils in Victoria are nearing completion of a project which replaces most standard streetlighting within the municipalities with high efficiency luminaires with over 5000 LED units. The power and emission saving is approximately 77% and generally there is a payback for Councils within 4-5 years. VicRoads lighting within these municipalities is unchanged.

The group of Councils sought and received federal funding to assist.

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Ian Harper
Assets Manager
Moyne Shire Council
PORT FAIRY VIC
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Street Lighting Update
From: Chris Champion
To: Sustainability
Posted: 25 August 2014 5:49 AM
Subject: Street Lighting Update
Message:

I wanted to update you on important LED lighting developments in New Zealand that have relevance to the IPWEA Practice Note on Street Lighting and our upcoming workshops.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has, in recent weeks, made a series of announcements that put New Zealand on a path to widespread deployment of LED street lights on all classes of roadways from local roads to freeways.  NZTA has concluded that LED lighting is, "... now proven and technically mature" and that LED lighting, "...is proving to be the lowest whole of life cost lighting option in almost all situations." 

NZTA, the equivalent of the NSW RMS or other State Road Authorities, manages a subsidy scheme that provides funding to New Zealand councils covering roughly half the costs of lighting residential and main roads. Adherence to its guidelines and specifications is a requirement for local councils to receive this funding. NZTA is also directly responsible for just under 10% of all the road lighting in New Zealand through its ownership and management of lighting on state highways and freeways.

Recently, after extensive consultation, NZTA released a new Specification and Guidelines for Road Lighting Design and a list of (currently 15) accepted LED luminaires from seven manufacturers. This new specification will most likely have the effect of halting almost all non-LED lighting installations on New Zealand roadways. From now on, New Zealand councils will only be eligible for the NZTA subsidy if they follow the new specification for new and replacement lighting. Non-LED solutions are only permitted,"...if superior whole of life cost can be demonstrated." There are nonon-LED products on the list of accepted luminaires.

The new NZTA Specification & Guidelines as well as the list of Accepted Luminaires can be found here: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/specification-and-guidelines-for-road-lighting-design/index.html

Another recent statement on LED lighting by the NZ Transport Agency and the NZ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority can be found here: http://emanz.org.nz/system/files/LED%20statement%20for%20SOLGM%20questionnaire.pdf

There is certainly a lot happening but this is a particularly important step as it is the first jurisdiction in the ANZ and under AS/NZS 1158 to clearly go all LED.

Thank you to Graham Mawer for this update. Graham Mawer is from Next Energy and the principal author of the IPWEA Practice Note on Street Lighting.

You can download a free copy of the IPWEA Practice Note at http://www.ipwea.org/PN11.

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Chris Champion
CEO, IPWEA
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Sustainability in Public Works
From: Chris Champion
To: Sustainability
Posted: 14 July 2014 8:45 PM
Subject: Sustainability in Public Works
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IPWEA wants to gain and build more insight into sustainable solutions through public works.

To this end, we surveyed 3,700 public works and sustainability professionals for their opinions on what we should be doing now as a profession and as practitioners, and how do we convince decision makers.

We have now collated the responses and produced the attached Insight Report which provides some interesting insights!

The solutions for building sustainable communities through public works and infrastructure can be broadly summarised as:

- demonstrating to decision makers that sustainability in projects makes sound economic sense, building whole of life considerations into every stage of public infrastructure, and

- building in necessary resilience and redundancy to overcome present and future climate and energy challenges.

But I would encourage you to discover more in the attached Insight Report - it would be great to know if you agree with the findings! What might you add that is different?

Action for the Future. We are going to be discussing this Report and your views, and workshopping action for the future, in the final panel session of IPWEA's Sustainability in Public Works Conference to be held on the Gold Coast from 27-29 July.

See www.ipwea.org/sustain2014 for further detail.

I hope to see you at the conference. Registrations are strong so don't miss out ion this opportunity.
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Chris Champion
CEO, IPWEA Australasia
Sydney NSW
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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
To: Sustainability
Posted: 09 October 2013 2:47 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
Hi Anthony,

I like the idea of a "compulsory insurance which is based on the value of the project", this will hopefully make the polluting companies re-consider their current practices by re-engineering the processes/practices so they aim for Zero emissions. If the company cannot achieve the Zero emissions then they are unable to carry out their project.  All the industries mentioned in the article will have to be Proactive rather than Reactive when considering any type of pollution to the environment.

Instead of a carbon tax or emissions trading - why don't they channel all approvals through a Climate Change regulator working with the government and the Insuramce underwriter undertakes the final tick of approval before issuing a certiificate of currency?  This means the polluter (company) will pay the insurance premium upfront and not the general tax payer who seems to always foot the bill after the damage is done.

I would like to see the polluting company take full responsibility for its actions and to avoid passing unnecessary costs to the tax payer.  


Kind Regards    
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Bernadette Ward
Coordinator Asset Management
City of West Torrens
HILTON SAau

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Anthony M. Saunders
To: Sustainability
Posted: 09 October 2013 12:11 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
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I agree with Darren's comments and from an insurance perspective, the attached file may be of common interest to all.

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Anthony Saunders
Key Man
BALGOWLAH NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 07 October 2013 11:24 PM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
Bernadette and Rodney,

Thanks for your comments. They are all well founded.

There seems to be a problem (that we are part of the cause and hence can be part of the solution).

My question is; "What can we do as human beings (but starting out as individuals) to reduce our impact on our very precious environment (and everything that depends on it, including us)?"

The "silent majority" needs to set good examples so others can join in. (The revolution is starting!)

Regards

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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Rodney Wallace
To: Sustainability
Posted: 05 October 2013 1:22 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:

Great Logic Bernadette. 

Without taking sides, I add to your observation.  Given that I have read that 1 aeroplane travelling from Sydney to Canberra can pollute the atmosphere/affect the concerned imbalance to the same EFFECT as 30,000 automobiles in 1 year; it has always amazed me that aeroplanes and bombs never seem to enter the political debate on this issue.  Why are automobile users made to feel guilty, and global travellers get off "scot free"?  If we are really concerned that ocean levels are going to rise and cause such concern, why is this "potential catastrophe" not used to support utilisation of more de-salination plants; to support building more dams to prevent flooding and to capturing "all that fresh water" which in good seasons/floods finishes up in ocean, adding to the catastrophic effects being predicted - every little bit must help!!

And if oceans rising is going to be such a catastrophe, why aren't we supporting Dick Smith and Senator Heffernan (and others) in building a PERMANANT INLAND SEA in middle Australia by connecting Gulf of Carpenteria to Darling River or Lake Eyre to  increase Australia's USEFUL land resource available for food production, and spread our population more efficiently by changing climate inland - more rain - due to climate change effected by natural processes beginning with evaporation etc off this inland lake/sea.

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Rodney Wallace
Consultant
Rodney Wallace Consulting
GREENWELL POINT NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
To: Sustainability
Posted: 01 October 2013 9:07 PM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
No doubt there is Climate Change its been happening for centuries and its not rocket science to know that man has also contibuted (with the billions of people on this earth?), we've had the industrial age, companies have been drilling for oil towards the earths core releasing heat, volcanoes have erupting, the continental plates have been shifting, the amazon rain forest is being dessimated, nuclear plants have been exploding, wars are destroying valuable land, their dumping waste in the ocean from desalination plants and the list goes on and on, we dont need scientists to tell us this, just ask your grandparents....

The question really is "How much of this do we account for and what is the added cost we consider for our Assets, without being unsustainable?"

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Bernadette Ward
Coordinator Asset Management
City of West Torrens
HILTON SAau

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IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 01 October 2013 7:29 PM
Subject: IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report is reasonably clear that global temperatures are changing and that human activities are one of the causes.

Read for yourself;

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/climate-change/climate-science/intergovernmental-panel-climate-change



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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW

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10.
Carbon Dioxide Myth
From: William L. Peach
To: Sustainability
Posted: 24 September 2013 6:53 PM
Subject: Carbon Dioxide Myth
Message:
Hi All

The vitriol that has come my way since my previous post is interesting but not wholly unexpected. If anyone wants to vent their spleen on me or this issue then I suggest they have the intestinal fortitude to use this forum.

There are engineers around who have not been hoodwinked by the carbon dioxide catastrophy myth and I am one of those. I read widely on the issue and add common sense to my training and experience to come up with my view. All I am doing is asking fellow engineers to do the same.

For those believing in the carbon dioxide myth, take a few issues.
1. If you are really serious about our children and grand children's future why are you not demonstrating against all our coal that is shipped overseas? It is going to produce carbon dioxide, is it not? Why do you not want our coal industry closed down?
2. Do you seriously believe that a 5 or 10% reduction in our 1.5% contribution to carbon dioxide produced annually is going to save the world? - or in fact make any appreciable difference.
3. Answering the donkey response to 2. do you really believe that anyone in the US, China, Russia or the EU is going to follow our lead?

Engineers are trained to think analytically. I do not see too much of that coming through in these posts. "Greenhouse effect" has morphed into "carbon pollution" and "global warming" which has subsequently morphed into "sustainability". As the warrants for each claim reduce, another name has to be found for the great lie.

Time will tell the true story and I intend to be around to see many so called intelligent persons eat humble pie.

Cheers
Bill Peach


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William Peach
Self Employed - NQ
QLD

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