Climate Change

Creating economic wealth from emissions reduction – a case study of recycling
Carbon
26 May 2020

Creating economic wealth from emissions reduction – a case study of recycling

The waste and recycling industry contributes close to 3% of Australia’s direct emissions. However, recycling abates much more by capturing the embodied energy of the recovered materials. We can create a more sustainable Australia by reducing emissions, increasing recycling and growing new green jobs.

Rebuild after COVID-19: All governments should ban organics to landfill
Circular Economy
24 April 2020

Rebuild after COVID-19: All governments should ban organics to landfill

Organics to landfill make up more than half of all waste to landfill in Australia. They are also responsible for a fair amount of the waste sector's GHG emissions. How can we create environmental benefits and stimulate the economic growth sorely needed post COVID-19?

Where to with food waste
Climate Change
20 April 2020

Where to with food waste

If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, behind the U.S. and China One thing we can do to combat climate change as individuals, households, local councils, state governments and federal governments is address food waste to landfill. So, what are our options?

Carbon abatement- the waste sector can do much more
Carbon
6 February 2020

Carbon abatement- the waste sector can do much more

Projections show Australia is very unlikely to meet its current 2030 carbon reduction targets, with recent reports of increasing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from all sectors other than the electricity and agriculture industries. Australia needs to do more and the waste and recycling sector can lead the charge in emissions reduction.

Compost for Carbon: webinars for farmers to cash in on compost
Carbon
26 November 2019

Compost for Carbon: webinars for farmers to cash in on compost

The naturally deficient in carbon, Australian soils are being depleted further through agriculture. Adding organic matter helps replenish nutrients and improve soil structure. When carbon is added through compost, it is good for the environment, the soil and for farmers who can now earn ACCUs and cash through the the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Mike Ritchie speaks to Waste Management Review on the climate change impact of waste
Climate Change
13 May 2019

Mike Ritchie speaks to Waste Management Review on the climate change impact of waste

MRA’s Mike Ritchie was featured on the cover of Waste Management Review having been interviewed on the waste sector’s contribution to national emissions and its role in meeting Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Commercial Organics Recycling- success is a long way away
Carbon
18 March 2019

Commercial Organics Recycling- success is a long way away

FOGO diversion from landfill is one of the cheapest global warming abatement options. It is also relatively easy to do and should be prioritised by Government.

UN warns of possible 3°C temperature rise by 2100
Carbon
19 February 2019

UN warns of possible 3°C temperature rise by 2100

After combining and analysing data from five distinct global meteorological and marine observation datasets, the UN warns that we might see temperature increases 3-5°C by 2100.

The science is in. Again.
Carbon
23 January 2019

The science is in. Again.

The news on our climate is not good as the recently released CSIRO and BOM report confirm the continued warming of Australia’s climate and oceans: “Observations and climate modelling paint a consistent picture of ongoing, long‑term climate change interacting with underlying natural variability.”

Commentary by climate sceptics should come with a warning
Climate Change
21 August 2018

Commentary by climate sceptics should come with a warning

All political commentary on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), coal and climate change should come with a warning and a declaration on whether the author is a climate change sceptic or not.

East Coast heatwave – let’s get real on climate action
Climate Change
14 March 2017

East Coast heatwave – let’s get real on climate action

By Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group The east coast of Australia suffered through a severe heatwave a few weeks ago. To borrow the phrase, a single heatwave is no more evidence of climate change, than a single swallow is of summer. The evidence for climate change doesn’t neatly announce itself through a particular weather event. […]

Our climate is changing. Can the waste sector help?
Climate Change
2 February 2017

Our climate is changing. Can the waste sector help?

By Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting Group Despite clear and overwhelming evidence that our climate is changing right now, the appetite for action at a political level is diminishing. In Australia, the Climate Council was defunded, the carbon tax abolished, and a general sense seems to be settling in that climate change doesn’t really matter. Globally […]

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