The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-24T04:00:32Z Fire & Rescue NSW bake, shake and educate with Knafeh Bakery to promote kitchen fire safety 2017-05-24T04:00:32Z fire-amp-rescue-nsw-bake-shake-and-educate-with-knafeh-bakery-to-promote-kitchen-fire-safety Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), together with the bearded bakers from Knafeh Bakery, will shake and bake their popular Middle-Eastern dessert at Campbelltown Arts Centre this coming week to educate the public about the importance of FRNSW’s ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ message.  The Knafeh Bakery is a popular pop-up bakery, housed in an old shipping container, which travels to different locations across NSW. This week, the boys from the bakery will be sharing their love for cooking with FRNSW to highlight the dangers of leaving cooking unattended. The community will have the opportunity to meet with local firefighters, who will be conducting live cooking demonstrations in an effort to educate the public about what to do in the case of a kitchen fire.  Members of the community will also receive a specially-designed wooden spatula to serve as a constant reminder to ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ in the kitchen.  Kitchen fires have the highest incidence rates in homes. On average, FRNSW firefighters respond to around 3,865 house fires a year. There are on average 21 house fire fatalities each year and around 502 people injured. Already this year five people have died as a result of an accidental fire in their home in NSW and FRNSW does not want to see this number increase. FRNSW urges the public to call Triple Zero in case of a fire and once you get out, stay out. What: FRNSW and Knafeh Bakery shake and bake their popular Middle-Eastern dessert to educate the                  public about the importance of FRNSW’s ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ message.  When: Thursday, 25 May and Sunday, 28 May 8.00pm – 9.00pm Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre 1 Art Gallery Road Campbelltown For more information on kitchen fire safety, visit FRNSW’S ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ website.  28 y/o entrepreneur talks about her sustainable swimwear line and how she is saving our oceans one bikini at a time 2017-05-22T00:33:25Z 28-y-o-entrepreneur-talks-about-her-sustainable-swimwear-line-and-how-she-is-saving-our-oceans-one-bikini-at-a-time Sunshine Coast Environmental Scientist and Founder of sustainable swimwear label, OceanZen Bikini uses an innovative and sustainable fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets from the ocean, whilst communicating conservation for the oceans. Founder, Steph Gabriel, says she’s “saving the ocean, literally one bikini at a time”.    “The ocean is heavily polluted with marine debris – with predominately plastic items that don’t biodegrade” explains the environmental scientist. “Millions of tonnes of rubbish is dumped into our oceans every year and research shows that only 1 in 5 plastic bottles actually get recycled after single use. OceanZen swimwear is taking marine debris and transforming it into beautiful swimwear for ocean lovers to enjoy the sea, plastic – free.”Sunshine Coast local organised a fun, community awareness event with an important message about the impact of household waste on our oceans last Saturday.  The ‘OceanZen SeaChange’ event raised awareness around how much waste one household can produce in just one week, and how this is impacting our fragile oceans by asking participants to turn their household waste (plastic bags, milk cartons, shampoo bottles etc) into a swimsuit.  I would love for you to consider an interview with me about what I am trying to achieve with OceanZen and can also speak about the below topics: Making Waves: How this 28 y/o is saving our oceans, one bikini at a time Waist Not Want Not: How what you wear around your waist can limit our waste and impact our oceans Swimming Against the Current: Five tips from the sustainable beach babe on how to limit your waste and save our oceans More about Steph Gabriel:Steph Gabriel and OceanZen has been making waves in the media, and even caught the attention of Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive entrepreneurial program, which will help the OceanZen mission of marine conservation to reach an international level. Gabriel will be crowdfunding with awesome rewards on offer to pledgers for the month of May and ING Direct have supported her mission and the opportunity for a fellow Aussie to meet Sir Richard Branson by donating $15,000 to the crowdfund, providing Steph reaches the $40,000 tipping point (if not their donation will be withdrawn). By donating to the crowdfunding, you will be helping to clean the oceans, save marine and life and shape a healthier future for generations to come.  Head to Ingd.me/oceanzen to see our campaign  For more information, visit www.oceanzenbikini.com ENERGYLAB ACCELERATION PROGRAM, THE FIRST IN AUSTRALIA DEDICATED TO CLEAN ENERGY STARTUPS, OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND INTAKE 2017-05-15T20:21:31Z energylab-acceleration-program-the-first-in-australia-dedicated-to-clean-energy-startups-opens-applications-for-second-intake Australia’s first business accelerator program dedicated to developing clean energy startup companies has opened applications for its second intake less than two months after launching. In April this year EnergyLab launched its Acceleration Program focussed entirely on helping startups working on innovations integral to achieving a 100% clean energy future. The four companies to join its first cohort span solar, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and buildings with low embodied energy. Now applications are opening for a second intake of companies to the Acceleration Program. “The progress we’ve seen in EnergyLab’s first cohort in just six weeks is inspiring and has given us confidence that there is a real need for support tailored towards clean energy startups,” said Piers Grove, Executive Director of EnergyLab. “Being in a position to see the great diversity of clean energy startups in Australia is one of the best things about this job, and we can’t wait to see who applies for this cohort.” Jobs for NSW CEO Karen Borg said: “The private-sector led, NSW Government supported Jobs for NSW provided a $120,000 grant to support the fitout and first year operating costs of EnergyLab, to help create Australia’s first startup accelerator program focused on developing the state’s renewable and advanced energy sector. It is fantastic to see EnergyLab now achieving positive progress in developing emerging  clean energy technology companies for what is an exciting growth industry of the future.” Companies accepted into the program receive a suite of support services to accelerate their development and increase their chances of success. Mentoring is a big focus of the program, with startups meeting with a business coach weekly and gaining access to a large network of mentors. The Clean Energy Seed Fund, managed by Artesian Venture Partners, will invest at least $50,000 in each startup and provide significant support in raising further capital. The fund, established by Artesian in April to foster the innovation ecosystem in Australia’s Clean Energy sector, has received a cornerstone investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. During the program startups receive free rent in EnergyLab’s coworking space, alongside other clean energy companies. This is made possible by support from UTS, who host EnergyLab in their historic Blackfriars campus, in the middle of UTS’s evolving startup precinct.  EnergyLab’s program is differentiated from other accelerators in Sydney by focussing specifically on the unique needs of startups working in the energy industry. Best practice from cleantech accelerators around the world was sourced in the development of the program, including input from Climate-KIC, who have significant experience running similar programs in Europe.  Applications for the second cohort of the Acceleration Program are now open and will close on July 9. Selected startups will be announced in August before starting the program in September. For more information and to apply visit energylab.org.au/acceleration.  SLR Strengthens Engineering Capability 2017-05-12T03:20:45Z slr-strengthens-engineering-capability Leading environmental and advisory consultancy SLR has this week announced the appointment of Trent Collins as Principal Consultant in the firm’s Mine Waste Engineering team.  Trent has over sixteen years’ experience in the geotechnical industry with a focus on Mine Waste, Tailings Dams and Earthworks Construction. After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Bachelor of Science (Geology), Trent has spent much of his career in Africa and South America where he acted as project Director and Principal Engineer for the Planning, Design and Operational Direction and Auditing of the Tailings Storage Regime at several mine sites. SLR has developed a heap leach and tailings facility design team that has set itself apart as leaders in the field by delivering world class engineering solutions. The SLR team of experts deliver mitigation measures through an understanding of the sustainability challenges associated with all phases of a mine development. Regarding his move to SLR, Trent commented: "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to work with both the local and international teams to provide our clients with full life cycle support from initial feasibility through planning and into construction, operation, decommissioning and aftercare.” SLR’s APAC Engineering Operations Manager, John Postlethwaite commented “We are pleased to welcome Trent to our expanding Engineering team. Trent’s extensive local and international expertise together with his proven leadership qualities will enable the team to continue to provide innovative, practical, cost effective and technically excellent projects.” Trent’s appointment at SLR follows the announcement of the company’s appointment of Peter Cupitt and Paul Delaney to expand the firm’s Civil and Structural Engineering team in the region. Taking Architectural Glass a Step Ahead 2017-05-08T05:25:57Z taking-architectural-glass-a-step-ahead Architectural Glass & Cladding has put their reputation behind the trusted and innovative products of Okalux GmbH. Since 2010, their close partnership has helped the architectural community to discover the advantages of energy efficiency, end user comfort and the use of natural daylight to reduce the running costs of buildings throughout Australia and South East Asia."Our goal is to develop optimum solutions to satisfy architects specific demands – with glass," said Paul Nipperess, Sales and Marketing Manager of Architectural Glass & Cladding. AG&C has more than 20 years experience in the glass and façade industries."Okalux has decades of experience in the development and manufacture of high quality insulating glass for international construction projects. The very first product which sparked off the idea for the founding of the company also set the standard for its powers of innovation. Hollow fibres, which were originally conceived for the textiles industry, produce great advantages when inserted in the space between the panes of a window: they produce a soft diffusion of daylight and deep illumination of interiors," said Paul.This was followed by systems for light deflection and improved diffusion, transparent heat insulation and energy reduction. Paul goes on to say, "Glass is one of the most fascinating materials available to architects. It allows natural light into buildings and contributes decisively towards the end user's comfort. Okalux has dedicated itself to using natural light and ensuring that its products produce a balance of often contradictory demands; supplying a building with light and thermal energy while simultaneously protecting against overheating, heat loss and UV radiation." Because of this, Paul has called on architects, designers and builders to keep windows on their radar early by "creating purpose built solutions."This partnership between Okalux and Architectural Glass and Cladding has provided solutions to many key projects by utilising many of the unique and innovative Okalux products. These projects include: 570 Bourke Street Melbourne, Australian Catholic University NSW, Australian War Memorial ACT, The Peter Doherty Institute (University of Melbourne), Illumin8 Building (Adelaide University), Malaiwana Estate (Phuket Thailand), and 5 Martin Place (Sydney). Projects currently under construction include Monash University (Melbourne), and the Hong Kong Art Museum.For more information contact Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, Suite 17, Wharf Central, 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, fax 07 5523 2336, email: (mailto://info@agcproducts.com.au), website: http://www.agcproducts.com.au Buddy Commences Pre-Sales of Ohm Product with Australian Customer Roadshow 2017-05-08T01:56:23Z buddy-commences-pre-sales-of-ohm-product-with-australian-customer-roadshow - Pre-sales of Buddy’s new energy monitoring and verification platform, Buddy Ohm, officially commence today - Introduction to Ohm events being held for potential customers, distributors and partners, holding live demonstrations in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney - Buddy Ohm enters full scale manufacturing this week; first shipments to arrive at Buddy’s offices mid-May - A new component of the Ohm family is to be introduced at IoT World in Santa Clara, California, dramatically expanding the size of facility that can be monitored. 8 May 2017 – Melbourne, VictoriaBuddy Platform Limited (ASX: BUD) (“Buddy” or the “Company”), the Internet of Things (“IoT”) data management, processing and control platform, today began a week-long roadshow around major cities in Australia, offering live demonstrations and a chance to meet the Buddy team, for potential customers, distributors and partners of the new Buddy Ohm product family. In launching this sales roadshow, Buddy is formally commencing pre-sales of Buddy Ohm in Australia. Commercial availability will be just after mid-May when units are delivered from the Company’s manufacturer in Asia. During the launch event for Buddy Ohm back in late March, the Company gave guidance that commercial availability would be in mid-May, and the team is pleased to report the product release remains on-schedule. Registered attendees of the customer roadshow include representatives from major utilities, retailers, commercial real estate owners and operators, property managers, facilities managers for food and beverage companies, along with smart cities researchers. New Buddy Ohm Family MemberTuesday May 16 sees the opening of the 2017 IoT World event in Santa Clara, California, and Buddy will once again be exhibiting. The Company can preview that it will launch a brand new member of the Buddy Ohm family – a device to substantially increase the size of facility and number of sensors that can be managed and verified by Buddy Ohm. This new component has been developed in response to customer discussions that detailed the need for Ohm to work in larger (or taller) facilities, or those with geographically distributed electrical panels, gas, and water meters. Commenting on the roadshow, Buddy Platform CEO David McLauchlan said, “We’re very pleased to be introducing Buddy Ohm to potential Australian customers on our roadshow this week. The early and positive feedback we’ve had here is demonstrating the tremendous opportunity Buddy Ohm has in this market – we can’t wait to begin customer deployments in the coming weeks.” About Buddy Buddy Platform Limited (BUD.ASX) provides highly scalable data aggregation and management infrastructure that helps extract the maximum value from city wide sensor and device data, by connecting systems that were never designed to work together. Services like The Buddy Platform are the backbone of smart city initiatives around the globe, allowing for maximum flexibility and cost savings. The company also offers a complete and low cost solution for facility resource monitoring and verification, called Buddy Ohm which helps turn energy savings into a strategic asset. Buddy Platform is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices in Adelaide, Australia. For more information, visit http://www.buddy.com. ### Media:Ben GrubbMedia & Capital PartnersPhone: +61 (0)414 197 508 Buddy Platform Contact:Brian Seitz, VP of Marketing and CommunicationsPhone: +1 (206) 745-9079Email: ir@buddy.com Aid campaign condemns raiding already depleted aid budget 2017-05-08T01:35:15Z aid-campaign-condemns-raiding-already-depleted-aid-budget 8 May 2017 MEDIA RELEASE Aid campaign condemns raiding already depleted aid budget On the eve of Budget 2017, Campaign for Australian Aid is condemning reported budget leaks indicating the Government’s plans to continue hacking away at the Australian aid budget. “While the Government gives massive handouts to the wealthiest people and big corporates, it continues cutting aid to those living in the poorest parts of the world,” said Director for Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne. “If the Government wants to fund counter-terrorism, that's their choice. But don't cut funding to the world's poorest from an aid budget that has already been cut to the bone by this Government. “As we speak, millions of people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing starvation, while millions more are seeking asylum from war in Syria. Yet the Government continues to raid Australia’s aid budget, which currently sits at an historic low.” Mr Milne added: “These cuts will increase inequality and take funding away from reducing poverty and action on climate change, the very drivers of conflict and instability.” -Ends- If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133. About Campaign for Australian Aid The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups. Carnivore Animals ebook out now 2017-05-04T01:36:13Z carnivore-animals-ebook-out-now Carnivore Animals ebook out now ACS Distance Education and John Mason have recently written a new ebook- Carnivore Animals. This ebook covers everything that you will need to know about Carnivore Animals. Carnivore animals are mammals of the Order Carnivora are taxonomically categorised and unique and differentiating biological characteristics are described for various groups. Learn about the physical characteristics and behaviours of different carnivores – what differentiates one group from another? What similarities do they possess? You will also learn about the origin and distribution of carnivores, threatening processes and the conservation of iconic carnivores.  In general, carnivores are animals that eat other animals; though there are plenty of exceptions to that fact. The Order Carnivora consists of at least 286 living species. The Order Carnivora evolved about 60 million years ago, from an ancestor that was a 1kg arboreal mammal that likely ate insects and smaller mammals. This ebook was written to provide inspiration and reference information to amateur and professional animal enthusiasts, and would be a valuable resource and source of information to students of zoology. The ebook covers the following chapters: Chapter 1 Introduction to Carnivore Taxonomy Chapter 2 Carnivore Biology and Behaviour Chapter 3 Canines Chapter 4 Felines Chapter 5 Bears Chapter 6 Aquatic Carnivores Chapter 7 Mustalids Chapter 8 Other Carnivores Chapter 9 Management of Captive Carnivores Chapter 10 Management of Wild Carnivores APPENDIX This ebook is now available for purchase for $32.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-carnivore-animals-ebook-6022.aspx   If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact sarah@acs.edu.au . Lyons Road Family Chiropractic Emerges As Finalist At Sustainability Awards 2016 2017-05-03T00:19:12Z lyons-road-family-chiropractic-emerges-as-finalist-at-sustainability-awards-2016 [Sydney] dated May 3rd, 2017: Lyons Road Family Chiropractic is ecstatic at having been awarded the Environmental Business Award at the City of Canada Bay Sustainability Awards 2016. They emerged as the finalist. The decision was taken after seeing the kind of inspiring work which the clinic has been doing. The clinic is powered in part by solar panels that are present on the roof. This helps in maximizing the use of renewable source of energy rather than exhausting the non-renewable ones. Owing to this move, the clinic managed to win the award as the team recognized the kind of great work which they have done. Dr. Paul Calladine (Chiropractor), the chiropractor at the clinic was quoted as saying, “Not only am I committed to providing chiropractic care to the local community, my clinic aims to minimize its ecological footprint through the use of solar power." He further added, "Solar power from the sun and chiropractic care, what could be more natural than that." Lyons Road Family Chiropractic is a family wellness center that has been offering the best of chiropractic healthcare to their patients. There is a separate children area where parents can leave their children to enjoy, play and/or relax. No doubt more and more clinics need to understand the importance of sticking to suitable solutions lest the future is in very grave hands. It is the inspiring example set by Lyons Road Family Chiropractic which gives hope that more and more people will follow the lead. The team at the clinic does their best in order to ensure that they can offer the finest health services to their patients and at the same time be mindful of the footprints they leave in the environment. It is this dual service presentation which has made them a popular choice in Sydney. Those who are looking to know more about the clinic can visit https://www.chiropractordrummoyne.com.au   About Lyons Road Family Chiropractic Lyons Road Family Chiropractic is a family run clinic that has been offering the best of clinic services to the patients. Along with this, they are also environment-friendly and are always on the lookout for ways by which they can minimize the carbon footprints. Contact Information Media Contact: Marshall Thurlow – Orion Marketing Contact Number: 0410  732 773 Email-id: marshall@orionmarketing.com.au Contact Person: Dr. Paul Calladine (Chiropractor) Contact Number: (02) 9819 6182 Email-id: info@chiropractordrummoyne.com.au Website:  https://www.chiropractordrummoyne.com.au Address: 169 Lyons Road Drummoyne NSW 2047 Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-04-27T08:15:36Z sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for A$15 million (the Transaction). The Transaction is being conducted via a sale of the shares in EnviroSuite’s three PEC subsidiaries. On completion of the Transaction, EnviroSuite will enter into a Cooperation Agreement with ERM pursuant to which the two companies will, amongst other things, collaborate to bring a combination of EnviroSuite’s award-winning SaaS platform and ERM’s global consulting capabilities to clients across the world. All PEC staff will transfer to ERM when it acquires the three PEC subsidiaries.  The continuing EnviroSuite team will focus exclusively on the global expansion of EnviroSuite’s software service and ongoing feature development. The sale is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of various conditions, including: •      there being no material adverse change affecting PEC before completion; and •      other customary completion conditions, including landlord and key customer consents. Completion of the Transaction is anticipated to occur in late May to early June 2017.  The purchase price of $15m will be paid in cash on completion and will be subject to agreed adjustments for net debt and working capital.  EnviroSuite has agreed with ERM that it will apply $500,000 of the purchase price towards incentivising current and future leaders of PEC. Following the transaction, EnviroSuite will have a cost base that reflects a SaaS business with a focused technology team and a global sales outlook.  A detailed expense line review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the cost base remains as efficient as possible.EnviroSuite SaaS Focus The sale of PEC is a natural extension of EnviroSuite’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of SaaS monitoring and operations management services for environmental management solutions. Funds from the sale of PEC will enable the Company to further invest in sales, marketing and ongoing development of the features of the EnviroSuite software platform, to maintain its market leadership and to continue to attract highly skilled individuals and partners.  The timing of the settlement of the sale will support the recent establishment and growth of the sales and marketing teams in the USA and Europe and will add to the current sales momentum in those geographies together with Australasia. With a rapidly growing pipeline, new sales partners and recent sales in Spain, UK, USA and Mexico across a range of industry sectors and government the Company is well placed to make this transition.  ERM has an established internal structure to identify and incorporate external technologies and services into its consulting projects. This paves the way for the development of a strong working relationship with EnviroSuite. ERM has already identified a number of current project opportunities in which it intends to involve EnviroSuite’s services. Robin Ormerod, Managing Director, EnviroSuite, said, “We are thrilled to announce this transformational deal with ERM. Our market-leading consulting business becomes a valued part of a highly respected global group, offering exciting career opportunities for the team. For EnviroSuite, working with the global leader in environmental management is an exceptional distribution opportunity and one that we expect will be a game changer for our business globally.”ERM’s Chief Executive Officer, Keryn James, said, “like ERM, EnviroSuite and its Pacific Environment consulting practice has a very strong reputation for professional excellence and client service. We have pursued this acquisition with great enthusiasm and we are confident that it will provide an opportunity to expand our respective offerings to existing clients, as well as a stronger capability and track record for us to pursue new clients in key markets together.”About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software as a service platform. The EnviroSuite platform presents a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulation and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements.  The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental monitoring and management. EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry.ENDS Selectronic & LG Chem to offer Australians more flexible energy solutions 2017-04-26T00:41:53Z selectronic-lg-chem-to-offer-australians-more-flexible-energy-solutions Sydney, Australia, 26 April, 2017 – LG Chem, Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries have announced compatibility with Selectronic, Australia’s leading provider of battery inverters. The LG Chem RESU/Selectronic pairing will provide consumers with a quality solution to not only reduce their electricity spend, but also can provide a steady flow of power during grid outages. The collaboration was formed on the single mindset and need for improved energy storage solutions within the Australian market. Using a Selectronic SP PRO battery inverter with LG Chem RESU batteries will provide much needed power security to consumers – this combination will ensure that people have back-up power during blackouts and extreme weather. “We’re excited to now be compatible with the leading Australian inverter manufacturer,” said Jamie Allen, Business Manager, Australia and Pacific, at LG Chem. “Selectronic has over 35 years of providing Australian-made energy storage solutions for both on- and off-grid applications. It’s an exciting prospect to see the two companies come together to provide such flexible solutions.” This storage solution is ideal for the retrofit market; it can be added to any existing grid-tie solar system or incorporated into a new installation. As feed-in-tariff’s wind down, there are no longer incentives driving consumers to send their excess energy back into the grid. This solution allows consumers to regain control over their electricity consumption by storing their solar-generated energy to reuse at night and during peak times. People may even choose to go completely off- grid with LG Chem and Selectronic. “Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of lithium solutions come and go,” said Rod Scott, CEO at Selectronic. “We’ve been in the industry for a long time, and are careful to put out the right solutions and partner with the right companies. Working with LG Chem was a good opportunity and a great fit for Selectronic”. The integration of LG Chem’s RESU series with Selectronic’s world-class inverter has gone through significant R&D and field testing by both companies to ensure the Australian consumer was getting the best solution. There are more than 30 field test sites around Australia enjoying the benefits of this rock-solid combination. “It’s easy to put out a solution and not be around to back it up,” said Scott. “Working with LG Chem means we’re working with a trusted brand that has a proven track record. It’s an exciting time with a lot of technologies and companies in a very fast moving market, so it’s important to sort through what is and isn’t a reliable solution.” For more information visit http://www.lgesspartner.com/au http://www.selectronic.com.au/ About LG Chem Ltd. LG Chem, Ltd. is Korea’s largest diversified chemical company which operates three main business units: Petrochemicals, IT & Electronic Materials and Energy Solution. The chemical business manufactures a wide range of products, from petrochemical goods to high-value added plastics. It also extends its chemical expertise into high-tech areas such as electronic materials and rechargeable batteries field. Based on the many years of experience in the development and production of batteries, LG Chem is one of the world's leaders in energy storage systems. As such, the company is a primary supplier for the mobile and automotive industry around the world. Entering the business of ESS in 2010, LG Chem has constantly developed and supplied innovative solutions for the ESS market segments such as Grid, Residential and UPS. Throughout multiple production facilities and an extensive distribution network globally, LG Chem has become a global leading company. About Selectronic Selectronic has been delivering energy solutions to Australia and the world for more than fifty years. It has been designing and manufacturing battery-based multi-mode inverters in Melbourne, Australia since 1981. The SP PRO is a smarter battery inverter that can be used in almost any situation; both off-grid and Solar Hybrid (grid-connect) for residential, commercial and industrial projects. The SP PRO is compatible with solar, wind, hydro, microgrids and generators. Selectronic is a second generation family-owned and operated company that employs around 30 staff in outer-eastern Melbourne. It exports to countries all over the globe. You can find an SP PRO in the tropics of Indonesia, the mountains of the Himalayas, the outback of Australia and on homes throughout the world. Media Contact: Claire Ferrie LEWIS Global Communications T: 02 8599 1000 LGChemAU@teamlewis.com Jack+Jules Offers Reusable Shopping Bags as Plastic Bag Ban Movement Grows 2017-04-21T01:53:18Z jack-jules-offers-reusable-shopping-bags-as-plastic-bag-ban-movement-grows   As calls grow for a plastic bag ban in Victoria, NSW and Western Australia, Jack+Jules is poised to provide bag solutions for shoppers.   Waleed Aly of Channel Ten’s The Project, drew attention to the issue of plastic bags in a recent commentary on the destructive nature of plastic and the need for a national ban. As Aly pointed out, a plastic bag takes an estimated 1,000 years to break down and Australians have the dubious distinction of producing the second highest amount of waste, per person, in the world.   “It’s estimated that Australians use between 4-6 billion plastic bags annually,” Aly said. “We use more than 10 million plastic bags every day.”   Concerned by this growing reliance on single-use plastic bags, Jack+Jules founders Jackie Hegarty and Julie McMahon designed and manufactured a set of reusable shopping bags as a convenient and stylish alternative to plastic.   “Our bags are extremely strong and are washable, which many reusable bags are not,” explains Hegarty.  “They also stuff quickly back into a drawstring pouch which makes them very easy to carry.”   Part of a larger range of lifestyle bags that include day bags, lightweight cooler bags, beach bags, yoga mat bags and insulated bags, Jack+Jules products come in an array of bright colours inspired by the Australian landscape.   Available online at www.jackandjules.com.au, a set of three Market Bags retails at $32.   About Jack+Jules: Founded in 2015, Jack+Jules is the collaboration between two Americans who have made Australia home. Beginning with sustainable, reusable bag sets to combat the rise of plastic bag usage, Jack+Jules has since branched out to design and produce quality, lifestyle bags. Cyclone Debbie can't wash out dedication 2017-04-19T02:16:08Z cyclone-debbie-can-t-wash-out-dedication As the people of Queensland took shelter from the seemingly endless torrential rain the most vulnerable in our community still urgently required the care and support that they’ve come to depend on. The dedicated professionals of the aged care industry knew their important work must continue, unaffected by the wrath of Cyclone Debbie. Those they cared for simply couldn’t be left to struggle alone. Arriving at work with bags full of clothes, Seasons Aged Care workers took it upon themselves to prepare to spend the long, rain-soaked night tending to residents. “They all came to work knowing they may not get home that night,” said Tracey Silvester, Envigor Home Care’s executive manager. “Their first priority was making sure that the residents had enough staff on the ground to assist them.” Staff ignored warnings that they may be flooded in, and be left unable to return home for the foreseeable future, instead choosing to put their clients first. “These selfless people are the real reason there were no disaster stories to print,” said Nick Loudon, CEO of Seasons Aged Care and Envigor Home Care. “The families don’t even know the true calibre of the people they’ve entrusted their elderly loved one to.” Delivering meals in the midst of Debbie’s fury was just another way that aged care workers went above and beyond for the clients who depend on them. “One staff member told the manager that she was still going to come to work, even though it meant she may have to walk through water to get there,” said Ms Silvester. “As it happened she didn’t, but she was prepared to do it. “Staff I contacted on days off to cover those who were flooded in, happily came to work.” The efforts of these ordinary employees putting their elderly clients first is one that should be remembered as a shining example of the dedicated and exemplary people who make up the industry. “This is the truest reflection of the people who work in Aged Care in Australia,” said Mr Loudon, remembering his employee’s efforts to continue unaffected by the storm that shut down the South East, “it’s just what they do, who they are.” To learn more about Envigor Ipswich, phone Linda Marsden on 0433 431 794 or email lmarsden@envigor.com.au or Angel Potts on 0410 760 661 or email apotts@envigor.com.au. Or you can visit the Envigor website here: http://www.envigor.com.au. HRL selected for Expert Panel assisting Government in Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan 2017-04-11T02:50:52Z hrl-selected-for-expert-panel-assisting-government-in-hazelwood-mine-fire-inquiry-implementation-plan Energy expert, HRL, has been selected to join an Expert Panel of technical consultants and independent peer reviewers to assist Government in implementing the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan Actions IP-156 and IP-181. The Hazelwood Mine Fire devastated the Latrobe Valley. Burning for 45 days over February and March 2014, it hit local communities hard and left residents physically and emotionally exhausted. In May 2015, a reopened Inquiry was asked to investigate: Whether the Hazelwood Mine Fire led to increased deaths How to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley community Options for rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley coal mines Following its investigations, the Inquiry provided recommendations on how to ensure the same mistakes are not made again. In total, the Government will invest more than $80 million to respond to the Hazelwood Mine Fire, and will work in collaboration with the Expert Panel to ensure the Inquiry Implementation Plan Actions are implemented for best results. With HRL's broad energy expertise and long-standing commitment to the Latrobe Valley, the organisation is well equipped to fulfil this role. Ken Jefferd, CEO of HRL, said, "We are proud to be a part of the Expert Panel serving the Latrobe Valley. With a long history of service in this area dating back to the 1950s, it is important to us to ensure the long-term health, safety, and prosperity of this region. We look forward to collaborating with other experts in the field to ensure the Government delivers on these objectives." ABOUT HRLWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it!In 2016, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals.   Media inquiries: Dan MacInnis on 0400 507 037 or dan@macinnismarketing.com.au Epson chooses Planet Ark 100% recycled paper 2017-04-11T01:52:44Z epson-chooses-planet-ark-100-recycled-paper Epson Australia is the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in Australia to use Planet Ark’s 100% recycled paper for its own printing. Planet Ark Paper is 100% recycled, FSC certified, carbon neutral and Australian made. Epson Australia Human Resources & Environment Manager Garry Pearce said, “One of the issues in the past with recycled paper manufactured overseas has been the amount of paper dust generated from the paper as it passes through your printer. We did a lot of testing before deciding to go with the Planet Ark paper and our tests found virtually no paper dust.” The Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Established in 1992, Planet Ark is one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively. Pearce continued, “As a printer manufacturer with an extremely strong emphasis on being as kind to the environment as possible it is very important to Epson that people get the most out of their Epson products and can still use recycled paper thus contributing to a good environmental outcome. From our viewpoint using Planet Ark paper does all of the above.” Planet Ark’s recycling processMuch like Epson, Planet Ark achieves its goals without compromising on quality to get the best environmental office paper available. Garry Pearce concluded, “With Planet Ark you can get bright white copy paper that’s100% recycled, Australian made, carbon neutral and made with local FSC certified material. At Epson, we know that planning for the future requires a strong commitment to the environment. That is why we strive to create innovative products that are reliable, recyclable and energy efficient. Better products that use fewer resources help ensure a better future for us all.” For more information about Epson’s environmental policies go to: https://www.epson.com.au/company/environment/