The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-25T01:39:01Z Epson Selected as a Constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series 2020-06-25T01:39:01Z epson-selected-as-a-constituent-of-the-ftse4good-index-series Epson has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 16th consecutive year. The FTSE4Good Index Series measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indexes are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.Selection for the FTSE4Good Index Series indicates that Epson has been independently appraised for its efforts towards the environment and in solving issues in society, and has been recognised as a sustainable company. FTSE4Good indexes can be used in four main ways: • Financial products - as tools in the creation of index-tracking investments, financial instruments or fund products focused on sustainable investment.• Research - to identify environmentally and socially sustainable companies.• Reference - as a transparent and evolving global ESG standard against which companies can assess their progress and achievement.• Benchmarking - as a benchmark index to track the performance of sustainable investment portfolios. Epson aims to create new value by looking hard at solutions to social issues, understanding the expectations of society, and then providing products and services that far exceed those expectations. The company is committed to the development of a sustainable society through the four areas of innovation identified through its Epson 25 Corporate Vision and considers any action designed to realise Epson's Management Philosophy to be a CSR activity.In addition to ensuring compliance, observing corporate ethics, and fulfilling their responsibilities at a level that exceeds what society requires, Epson will fully demonstrate their unique creativity in CSR by creating value through the products they develop and manufacture. In 2017, Epson developed a materiality matrix that identifies key CSR themes, such as environmental issues, respect for human rights, human resources development, and governance. Epson uses this matrix to guide and strengthen their CSR activities and to help make the world a better place. See here for more information about Epson's CSR and SDGs: https://global.epson.com/SR/csr_initiative/ See here for more information about FTSE Russell: https://www.ftserussell.com/See here for more information about the FTSE4Good Index Series: https://www.ftserussell.com/products/indices/FTSE4Good Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust Victorian Government needs to get serious & act now to protect endangered grasslands & woodlands 2020-06-22T03:29:42Z victorian-government-needs-to-get-serious-amp-act-now-to-protect-endangered-grasslands-amp-woodlands The release of the Victorian Auditor-General’s report on the State Government’s failure to protect critically endangered native grasslands in Melbourne’s west and red gum woodlands in the northern growth corridor was disappointing and of immense concern, said Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC) Vice President Ann McGregor.   The report explains why the audit is important: Two of Victoria’s most important and biodiverse ecological communities—the Natural Temperate Grasslands and Grassy Eucalypt Woodlands of the Victorian Volcanic Plain—are under serious threat. While they once covered over a third of the state, they are now small and fragmented.  Their protection is vital to ensure their future existence.   “With less than 5% remaining, these are two of Australia’s most endangered ecosystems, and provide habitat for many endangered fauna species. They must be safeguarded at all costs”, affirmed Ann McGregor.   The offset system that was devised as part of the flawed Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA) has only delivered 10% of the agreed land purchase.    Ann McGregor continued, “This means that good quality, critically endangered native grasslands and red gum woodlands are being destroyed for urban development, but the reservation of equivalent areas as required by national environment law has not occurred”.   “To make things worse, much of the 10% purchased is low quality grassland that has been further degraded by weed invasion in the absence of appropriate management”.   The MSA was an agreement between the federal and state governments that switched off federal approvals for individual projects within Melbourne’s urban growth area.    Under the arrangement, environmental assessments were put into the hands of the state who in turn would establish a western grassland reserve and a grassy eucalypt woodland reserve by 2020 to offset clearing for the development of new suburbs.   The Auditor-General found that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) has not met its commitments to deliver these reserves by 2020.     “DELWP intended these reserves to offset native vegetation loss from urban development within the extended Urban Growth Boundary.  However, delays in acquiring land, and continuing threats of degradation, pose significant risks to the ecological values of native vegetation within the reserve” according to the report.   “Precious native grasslands and red gum woodlands in the Merri Creek catchment were written off through the MSA process.   “The limited areas designated for conservation in the Northern Growth Corridor are not being managed to maintain their ecological values while awaiting transfer into some sort of reserve status. They are likely to degrade for decades!” said Ann McGregor.   Seven recommendations in the Auditor-General’s report call for resourcing, assessment, support and governance measures to deliver on the promise of protection.   Ann McGregor concluded, “No progress has been made on securing the Grassy Eucalypt Woodland reserve, just east of the Merri catchment.  We are talking about nationally endangered vegetation communities, heading for extinction while government avoids its responsibilities.    “The environment can’t wait – time is running out”.   ENDS   Issued by:                  Friends of Merri Creek       www.friendsofmerricreek.org.au   Media enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, T: 0412 112 545   E: jperri@joeperri.com.au Pacific Green Provides Business Activities Update 2020-06-13T01:29:49Z pacific-green-provides-business-activities-update      June 13, 2020 - Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. (the "Company" or "PGTK") (OTCQB:PGTK), developer of the ENVI-Marine(TM) emission control system (the "System"), today provides an update on the impact of the Pandemic on its business activities.Since entering the marine sector, the Company has delivered 86 ENVI-Marine(TM) Systems to its customers, with another 56 ENVI-Marine(TM) Systems contracted to be delivered in 2020 and 2021. Travel restrictions resulting from the Pandemic have impeded the Company's ability to enter and exit shipyards. The Company has postponed 32 ENVI-Marine(TM) System installations to 2021 to accommodate client and supplier needs but has received no ENVI-Marine System cancellations as a result of the Pandemic.The Company can report the successful registration in China of its joint venture company with partner PowerChina SPEM. The joint venture, along with the ongoing integration of Shanghai Engin Digital Technology Co. Ltd., ("Engin"), which was acquired by PGTK in December 2019, has positioned the Company to take advantage of the rapidly growing renewables market around the world in concentrated solar power (CSP), desalination and waste-to-energy (WtE).The Company is also pleased to announce that it has made significant progress in developing its business relationships in India. By 2022, an additional 175 GW of electrical capacity in India is forecasted to require Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) (source: Centre for Science and Environment, India), which PGTK's efficient ENVI-Clean(TM) Systems are well suited to deliver.The Company has continued its obligation to maintain shareholder value on behalf of its shareholders. The Company has embarked on an aggressive cost-cutting campaign and restructured its operations to maintain its strong financial position despite the global economic strain and uncertainty created by the Pandemic.Scott Poulter, Chief Executive, said: "We have been working hard with our clients and suppliers to ease the collective strain that the Pandemic has imposed on our business and the business of our partners and stakeholders.We are pleased to see increasing interest in our newly acquired solar and desalination technologies across a number of different regions. These opportunities will complement our highly-efficient emission control technologies, which have allowed us to target the massive FGD and WtE markets.The Pandemic has had a devastating effect on lives and livelihoods. Hopefully, the world will take a new look at how we live and how we treat our environment as the two should go hand in hand."About Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:PGTK) is focused on addressing the world's need for cleaner and more sustainable energy. The company's strategy is to build through organic development and acquisition, a portfolio of patented competitive cutting-edge technologies designed to meet the growing market for renewables and increasingly stringent environmental standards. For more information, visit PGTK's website: www.pacificgreentechnologies.com CAH FOR CARS SYDNEY’s action regard to reduce the air pollution in 2020 2020-06-06T05:26:02Z cah-for-cars-sydney-s-action-regard-to-reduce-the-air-pollution-in-2020 By growing of the car industry in Sydney and rising imported cars have changed the face of the city of New South Wales and attenuated the health situation. However, all the cities of the world do not remain safe from the consequences of not observing health and environmental issues. But, one thing that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought is to reduce air pollution at the level of the whole city and society. One thing that should be kept in mind is that after the relief of limitation, we should be careful about the environmental issues. But, fortunately for reconciliation between citizens and the environment, CASH FOR CARS SYDNEY has taken a fundamental decision for environmentally friendly life and to reduce the dangers of not observing the rules of healthcare. It has been many years that CASH FOR CARS Company has a great and regular program related to avoiding wasting unwanted or old cars. It can significantly help all the citizens of New South Wales and its suburbs and they claim that they are sure that their program about collecting vehicles that pollute the environment could be effective. “We have taken series action regard to recycle those vehicles which are the only reason behind air pollution and we are sure that it can help all the people of Sydney, New South Wales,” Said Thomas Russel Sales Manager at CASH FOR CARS SYDNEY Company. According to their program, old vehicles never get wasted instead their owners could receive money out of their old vehicles. Doing this will help decrease air pollution and will lead to creating more opportunities to have a great life. "We also have worked on an awareness campaign and afterword will work tightly for more awareness to people of Sydney New South Wales and will follow these awareness campaigns on all social media. For more effectiveness, we would have such a program in the future until it would be done more effectively. For doing this we have a marketing team that doing their work very nicely. This way we can help our car industry to grow well." continued Thomas Russel There might be one worry to car owners and that is paperwork. Afterword all these documents would be proceeded by CASH FOR CARS SYDNEY Company and there is no way to get worried about that. They also guide applicants in the right way where they can sell their old car and get money out of it without a little disturb on their working schedule. Just enough to let them know if you are seeking to sell your car! Their principle and program are to not let their applicant be worried. Provided that you share car’s details with this company even if that is Vans, SUVs, or whatever that is. They’ll ensure you with their hassle-free services because they have professionals in their team to do this for you. You may less realize recycling. But, it is a normal issue that could help the country’s economy as well as yours. But this part of the work has less waste and needs to pay attention because it is necessary for the cycle of the car industry. No need to be worried this part of the work will be done by modern technologies that have no effect on the environment and CASH FOR CARS SYDNEY’S program is to cover all over Sydney by collecting scrap cars and pay cash for them.  CASH FOR CARS SYDNEY has provided some services for free to encourage people to sell their unwanted cars and purchase new ones instead. You may have heard about CASH FOR CARS for many times but, have not used their services yet. CASH FOR CARS SYDNEY is a recycling company in Sydney that provides Unwanted car removal, used car removal, junk car removal and are looking to remove any rusted car, old, used, secondhand, and damaged or scrap car for top cash and also recommend you that never try to repair an old car many times because it will never fully reset. They pay the maximum dollar for any type of vehicle such as Vans, SUVs and etc. in addition they have some free services for you so that you can use it for saving money. $1 Million Pledge on World Environment Day 2020 2020-06-04T22:25:00Z 1-million-pledge-on-world-environment-day-2020 Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) is excited to announce the official launch of its philanthropic initiative that will cultivate real change in support of Australian conservation projects. The initiative, called Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation, will focus on innovative programs that restore balance to threatened ecosystems while protecting vulnerable native animals and promoting sustainable use of wilderness areas.  Born from a heritage of charitable roots Tasmanian Walking Company raised $112000 for the Australian Bushfire relief and recovery earlier this year. The Foundation will provide a guarantee of raising $1 million over the next five years. Brett Godfrey, Co-owner said, "On World Environment Day this year we are celebrating our ongoing commitment to nature and inspiring positive change by launching the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation. Today marks an important milestone in centralising our philanthropic efforts in our pursuit to raise a deeper awareness of environmental stewardship’. Gary Smith, Chairman, Great Walks of Australia said, “Amid the challenges of COVID-19, it is fantastic to see Tasmanian Walking Company showing leadership in the tourism industry at a time where we need to lift spirits and give people something genuine to embrace. The new Foundation has embarked on an exciting strategy and I look forward to seeing the positive contribution it makes to the environmental conservation of our magnificent national assets”. The Foundation will provide a platform for walkers to give back to the wilderness areas they visit and in turn, help conserve the natural and cultural heritage for generations to come. Walkers will be able to add a charitable contribution to their booking and an employee donation matching scheme will be established.  TWC will cover all administration costs with 100% of the money raised donated. In 2021 the Foundation will launch its ‘Heart of Nature’ Charity Walk with the simultaneous departure of four fundraising walks accompanied by a virtual reality social media awareness campaign. The first-of-its-kind four-day event will be offered free of charge to participants who, in exchange, will be required to fundraise a minimum of $5000. The all-inclusive guided walks involved in the campaign will be Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Three Capes Lodge Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk.  Fundraising efforts will be spent on boots-on-the-ground projects that advocate for the conservation of public land to sustain healthy forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Campaigns will focus on revegetation projects and the expansion of protected areas such as the Tarkine where less than 5% is national park areas despite being the world’s second-largest cool temperature rainforest.   Heath Garratt, General Manager said, “Operating walks in such precious locations comes with the responsibility of preserving the natural wilderness and cultural diversity of these wild spaces. Under the Foundation we have a great capacity to extend the reach of fundraising, drive new initiatives and build on existing partnerships such as Wildcare. It’s a big step in our bid to actively support conservation projects and inspire people to advocate for issues they care most about”. Sharon Smith, CEO, Wildcare Tasmania added, “Wildcare and Tas Walking Company have worked alongside each other for many years, particularly in the Bay of Fires region with the very successful larapuna community weekend clean-ups.  Tas Walking Company are always on the front foot to care for Tasmania’s environment and to support not for profit charities.  I am excited to see what new conservation initiatives they will progress under the new Foundation!” Further information is available on the Foundation’s new website: Visit www.TWCFoundation.com.au.  Click this link for a photo of Guide Sanja on the Overland Track About Tasmanian Walking Company In 1985 Tasmanian Walking Company was offered the special privilege of developing a multi-day walking experience along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. The company (inclusive of Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company) now has six multi-day guided walks in wilderness areas across Australia.  TWC operates four of the twelve Great Walks of Australia and is a recognised leader in environmental travel practices winning numerous national tourism awards. TWC is an inductee in the hall of fame at the Qantas National Tourism Awards as Australia’s best eco-tourism operator. Majority of Australians expect government to make environment a priority in post COVID-19 recovery – Ipsos survey 2020-06-04T21:55:26Z majority-of-australians-expect-government-to-make-environment-a-priority-in-post-covid-19-recovery-ipsos-survey Three in four people in 16 major countries, and 70% of Australians, expect their government to make protection of the environment a priority when planning a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a global Ipsos poll conducted to mark World Environment Day on 5th June. In a survey of 16,000 people from May 21 to 24, a majority of people in all 16 countries agreed with this action with the highest support in emerging markets of China (91%), India and Mexico (89%), Brazil (85%), and South Africa (84%). Disagreement over making the environment a government priority in a COVID-19 recovery is highest in Germany (36%), South Korea (29%), Japan and Russia ( 27%), the United States and Canada (23%). “It’s clear that most Australians see a strong connection between the health of the environment and their own wellbeing. Where our views differ is in relation to how that concern should be reflected in government action. Only two-thirds of us feel the environment should be prioritised as we plan to recover from COVID-19. That’s broadly in line with other countries in the anglosphere such as Canada, the US and the UK,” Ipsos Australia Director, Stuart Clark, said. “Following the global financial crisis in 2008 our data showed that Australians’ focus on climate change dropped dramatically as economic concerns became more important. Now that we are officially in a recession, it will be interesting to watch how these figures move. The idea that the recovery should be led by projects that support the green economy has gained a lot of media attention, and it will be interesting to see whether that traction remains as people start to feel the pinch financially.” Added to this, there is a view the environment is a personal priority for people with half of the respondents, including Australia, disagreeing that protecting the environment is far down on their list of priorities right now. This sentiment is highest in many European countries including Germany and France (67%), Mexico (65%), Spain and South Africa (60%). Those that believe protecting the environment is not a top priority right now are most likely in India (67%), Italy (65%) and Russia (58%). People most divided on this issue are in the U.S. with only 1 percentage point separating those that see it as a top priority from those that don’t, followed by Australia and Japan (4). Environmental threat to health In terms of how seriously people view environmental issues, more than four in five respondents globally say issues such as pollution, degradation of nature, deforestation, overfishing and climate change pose a serious threat to our health and wellbeing today. In Australia, 81% agree with this sentiment. This sentiment is highest again in the developing countries of China (93%), Mexico (91%), South Africa (90%), India and Italy (88%). Meanwhile, the U.S. has the highest number of people that disagree with this threat at 17%, followed by Australia (16%). Overall, people feel a strong responsibility to ensure their generation does not destroy the planet for the next generation, and the figure is 81% in Australia. Agreement with this sentiment is close to 80% and over in all of the countries with China (92%) and South Africa (91%) at the top. About the Study These are the results of an Ipsos survey conducted May 21st to 24th, 2020 on the Global Advisor online platform among 15,951 adults aged 18-74 in Canada and the United States and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Where available, tracking results from previous studies conducted through March and April, as well as selected results from February, are referenced by date.   The sample for this study consists of approximately 1,000 individuals in each country. The samples in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S. can be taken as representative of these countries’ general adult population over age 16 or 18 (as above) and under the age of 75. The sample in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa is more urban, more educated and/or more affluent than the general population and should be viewed as reflecting the views of the more “connected” segment of the population. The data is weighted so that each market’s sample composition best reflects the demographic profile of the adult population according to the most recent census data.   Where results do not sum up to 100 or the ‘difference’ appears to be +/-1 more/less than the actual, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses. The precision of Ipsos online polls is calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points. For more information on the Ipsos use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website (www.Ipsos.com).   For more information on this news release, please contact: Rochelle BurburyThird Avenue Consulting0408 774 577rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP www.ipsos.com   Australians divided on the opening of businesses – due to concern that it puts too many people at risk of COVID-19 – Ipsos survey 2020-06-03T23:02:12Z australians-divided-on-the-opening-of-businesses-due-to-concern-that-it-puts-too-many-people-at-risk-of-covid-19-ipsos-survey A majority of people in nine out of 16 countries think opening businesses now puts too many people at risk of contracting COVID-19, while Australians are split with 49% agreeing with this opinion and 51% believing the risk is minimal, according to a new Ipsos survey. Australians are also split on whether jobs lost during the lockdown will return, with 47% believing they will return and 45% believing they will not. Globally, more people say most jobs lost during the lockdown will not return, suggesting those that support reopening are doing so in spite of the risk rather than believing the risk is low.   In a poll of 16,000 people in 16 countries conducted from May 21 to 24, people in Brazil (71%), India (69%), Mexico and South Korea (65%), Japan and the United Kingdom (62%) and the United States (60%) are most likely to say we need to wait at least a few more weeks before opening businesses, because opening now would put too many people at risk of contracting COVID-19. But on the opposite end, those in the hard hit countries of China (65%), Italy (64%), France (59%), Germany (57%) and Russia (55%) are most likely to say the health risk is minimal if people follow social distancing rules, and they need to get the economy moving again. People most divided on taking this action are in Spain, Australia and South Africa with only 2 percentage points between those who think opening businesses now puts too many people at risk versus those who say the risk is minimal. Ipsos Australia Director, David Elliott, said: “These results reflect a tension we have been seeing in our COVID-19 tracking for some time.  Australians are keen for a return to normal but at the same time are nervous about emerging from lockdown.  There is a clear need for Government, both State and Federal, and businesses to communicate to citizens, employees, customers and the like about what steps are being taken to keep us all safe and healthy, as we emerge from lockdown and try to resume some kind of normality in our daily lives.” A majority of people in France (69%), Spain (62%), South Korea and South Africa (61%), Italy (60%), Japan (58%), the U.K. (57%), and Russia (52%) don’t think most jobs lost during the pandemic will return as soon as the stay in place and lockdown restrictions are lifted. A majority of respondents in India (73%) and Germany (51%) are the only ones out of 15 countries to believe that most lost jobs will return once restrictions are eased. A number of countries are divided on this question with only 2 points separating those who agree and disagree on whether jobs will be recovered in Australia and Mexico, followed by the U.S. (3), Brazil (7), Canada (9) and Germany (10). About the Study These are the results from Ipsos Essentials, a weekly global syndicated study examining the opinions and behaviours as countries move through the pandemic. These results were collected May 21st to 24th, 2020 using an online methodology 16,000 adults aged 18-74 in Canada and the United States and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom.   The sample for this study consists of approximately 1,000 individuals in each country. The samples in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S. can be taken as representative of these countries’ general adult population over age 16 or 18 (as above) and under the age of 75. The sample in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa is more urban, more educated and/or more affluent than the general population and should be viewed as reflecting the views of the more “connected” segment of the population. The data is weighted so that each market’s sample composition best reflects the demographic profile of the adult population according to the most recent census data.   Where results do not sum up to 100 or the ‘difference’ appears to be +/-1 more/less than the actual, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses. The precision of Ipsos online polls is calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points. For more information on the Ipsos use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website (www.Ipsos.com).        For more information on this news release, please contact: Rochelle BurburyThird Avenue Consulting0408 774 577rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP www.ipsos.com   PATTY MILLS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF THE TEAM MILLS FOUNDATION 2020-05-26T22:54:25Z patty-mills-announces-the-formation-of-the-team-mills-foundation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (27 May 2020): Three-time Olympian, NBA Champion and proud Indigenous Australian Patty Mills announced today the formation of the Team Mills Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and championing culture, diversity, women and underprivileged families and enacting positive change for the environment worldwide. Through innovative strategies and a creative approach, the Team Mills Foundation creates a new model for communities across the globe to come together, spark conversation and ignite action to achieve the ultimate goal of a brighter future for those who need it most.  The announcement of The Team Mills Foundation coincides with the start of National Reconciliation Week; a time for Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements and strengthen the bonds with the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme for National Reconciliation Week for 2020 is “In This Together”, and much like the “All Hands In” mantra of the Team Mills Foundation, it represents how working as a collective can achieve powerful results. The Foundation is welded to the ideal of “community”, shared values and respecting traditions and is brought to life by Patty Mills’ passion and desire of giving back and thriving on the success and wellbeing of others. The mission for the Team Mills Foundation is simple: Make a positive, long-lasting impact on communities worldwide. “I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of Team Mills Foundation; an organisation built on taking courageous and ongoing action to bring long-lasting improvement to people’s lives.” says Patty Mills.  “Our Foundation is personal but relatable, as it reflects values that have been instilled in me by my previous generations and through our customs and traditions. Our vision is to make a tangible difference at the intersection of those values and people’s lives, shining light on critical issues as well as providing opportunities and pathways of success to empower and unlock people’s tremendous potential.”    “I play basketball, and I’m grateful for what the sport has provided for me and my family, but I’m even more appreciative for the voice and platform that has come along with it. It has allowed me to follow through with my successes on the court to inspire, support and make change in other people's lives, especially the ones who need it most.” “Striving for greatness in my field, to create history, to accomplish the unimaginable - sure, it's for me, but it turns out -  it isn’t. It’s for everyone and everything that will be directly impacted by this Foundation.” The Team Mills Foundation will strive to bring awareness and opportunities to the issues and causes that align with the six core values that the Foundation is built upon: FAMILY. Having a greater understanding of who you are, where you come from and appreciating the people that have helped you. Being the best person you can be so that you can support and inspire your loved ones. ENVIRONMENT. Doing our part by giving back to our environment to ensure our next generation understands the values of caretaking for our earth. This will also be a way to protect, preserve and keep traditional cultures alive through the knowledge and practices used by Indigenous peoples. CULTURE. Keeping the culture alive. Recognising, protecting and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions. Through a creative approach, constantly finding ways to bridge the gap between traditional and modern society.  PATHWAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Striving for greatness by creating pathways and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to excel in their given fields or interests.  EMPOWERING WOMEN. Giving women a platform and voice to feel empowered, confident, and strong by supporting them in that role.   MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSITY. Understanding and recognising multicultural diversity with the means to appreciate and learn from the differences, to celebrate and build on the similarities.  Through collaborative, community-focused partnerships and activations the Team Mills Foundation aims to work closely with local groups and organisations to put a spotlight on important causes and innovative projects and as well as put practices in place for long-term, sustainable solutions. In 2019, “The Community Water Project” was launched in partnership with Zero Mass Water and Australian Indigenous Basketball; an initiative aimed at providing clean, sustainable drinking water for six very remote drought-stricken Indigenous communities.  More recently, the #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive brought together the community of San Antonio to support eight local coffee shops who had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the community to shop small, but think big. To further the campaign’s reach nationally and internationally, a “GoFundMe” page was set up to receive virtual coffee donations. The #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive raised over $100,000USD with all funds donated to the Family Violence Prevention Services - Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio, Texas. Putting knowledge in practise, The Team Mills Foundation are thrilled to partner with The Firesticks Alliance, a relationship that stemmed from a recent trip to Australia in March whilst visiting the bushfire-affected communities. Learning from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffenson and The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, Team Mills Foundation aims to share the knowledge of cultural burning practices, and improved ‘reading’ of country, to help restore the land. By continuing to educate and spread awareness of these practices, there is much evidence that, if adopted, could greatly benefit not only Australians, but all people worldwide. More details surrounding this dynamic partnership will be revealed at a later date,  To learn more about the values and causes of the Team Mills Foundation and how to get involved, visit teammillsfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube using #TeamMillsFdn and #AllHandsIn. -ENDS- About Team Mills Foundation The Team Mills Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities around the world; from environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, to providing clean drinking water for communities, supporting women and children shelters and giving a voice to minorities through multiculturalism and diversity. No matter the challenge, The Team Mills Foundation are going all hands in on the things that hit home. Together, we can make a positive change and long lasting impact worldwide. Launch of Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers 2020-05-18T03:13:04Z launch-of-certification-program-for-sports-turf-managers (Melbourne, Victoria) – The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the peak industry body for Turf Management in Australia, announces the launch of Industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Management, recognising Certified Sports Turf Managers as the leading sports turf professionals in the to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry.   The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Certification Program is aimed at encouraging Turf Managers to invest in their continued professional development, and promote to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry the position of Certified Sports Turf Managers (CSTM) as the leading Sports Turf professionals in the country.   Formed in 1981, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) is the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia, representing more than 1,500 members from all areas of the sport & recreation industry.  A not-for-profit industry association, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association supports members through education and advocacy, facilitating Industry Awards, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.  Through working to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals, the ASTMA is committed to the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia.   “Becoming certified is a mark of industry-leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Sports Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.” said Australian Sports Turf Managers Association CEO Mark Unwin.    “We have seen the results from similar programs overseas, and the impact it has had on recognising the professional of turf management as critical to the sport & recreation industry.  We are thrilled to develop and launch a program aimed at continuing to develop and endorse the many hard-working and committed professionals within our industry”   Attainment of Certification provides Sports Turf Managers with professional certification, as well as elevating the industry of Turf Management through demonstrating a commitment to education, personal development, environmental stewardship and continuing professional development.  All Certified Sports Turf Managers will be widely regarded as having attained the highest level of professional certification in the industry, achieving a minimum standard of continuous professional development and broadly recognised the best sports turf managers in Australia.                   Attaining the status of Certified Turf Manager (CSTM) involves a combination of formal education, experience in Turf Management and continuing professional education.  Through earning the designation of CSTM, a member demonstrates a personal commitment to education, professional development, environmental stewardship, and elevating the Sports Turf management profession.   It documents and validates Turf professionals’ achievements and competencies to current and potential future employers. Being a CSTM is a mark of leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.         ENDS     About the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association   The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is a not-for-profit industry association formed in 1981 (as the Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association), and has evolved into the largest industry association in Australia for professional Sports Turf Managers.   With over 1,500 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is committed to the ongoing education, development and support of all professionals involved in Turf Management.    Representing members of Sports Turf Management industry across all areas of the Trade, including Golf Courses, Sportsfields & Grounds, Racetracks, Lawn Tennis, Councils, Turf Equipment Technicians and other related fields.  As the industry association responsible for professional Sports Turf Managers, the association supports members through education, facilitating Industry Awards, advocacy, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.   Considered to be the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association works to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals as well as the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia. The association strives to ensure that these constant improvements in professional Sports Turf Management standards are achieved in a safe, responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.   For comment or further information on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association please contact:   Contact:                      Mark Unwin – CEO, AGCSA Street:                         1/752 Blackburn Rd, Clayton VIC 3168 Phone:                        +61 438 320 919 Email:                         mark@agcsa.com.au  Web:                           https://www.agcsa.com.au  Facebook:                  https://www.facebook.com/TheASTMA Instagram:                  https://www.instagram.com/the_astma/ LinkedIn:                     https://www.linkedin.com/company/theastma/    Q CELLS expands options for Australians searching for quality, high efficiency solar panels 2020-05-15T02:06:35Z q-cells-expands-options-for-australians-searching-for-quality-high-efficiency-solar-panels ·       The latest Q CELLS module, Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, comes with a 25-year product and 25-year performance warranty and is available from 1 May 2020. ·       Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ at up to 355Wp is currently the most powerful Q CELLS Q.ANTUM DUO solar panel to hit the Australian market, targeting the premium residential segment. ·       Q.PEAK DUO-G5+, the product’s predecessor, first launched in 2019 with a 25-year product warranty is currently the best-selling module for the residential segment in Q CELLS Australia’s product range. ·       Q CELLS is expanding its premium range as the solar industry sees strong demand from consumers looking for energy security in uncertain times.  Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, the market leader for solar panels in the US, Germany, Japan and South Korea has expanded its premium offering to the market with the arrival of Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ from May 1, 2020. Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ is the most powerful Q.ANTUM DUO model to date for the Australian market from the award-winning manufacturer with a power class of up to 355 Wp. Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ will be the second model in Q CELLS premium, made-in-Korea range, to feature a 25 year product warranty. Since Q CELLS first announced a 25-year product warranty with the launch of the popular Q.PEAK DUO-G5+, Q CELLS remains the only member of the ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (which represents the world’s top nine largest solar manufacturers) to be offering warranties of this length to the Australian market. “Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ offers ultimate confidence,” said Q CELLS Australia Key Account Director, Myungsin Shim. “Sitting alongside the Q.PEAK DUO-G5+, in Q CELLS range with a 25 year product warranty is sure to be welcome news for Australians at this critical time.” With Energy Networks Australia[1] estimating the additional cost of working from home at $2.78 per day, an average household with two working parents and two school-aged children could expect an increase of up to $1,445 over the next six months should working and studying at home continue. Q CELLS is banking that the quality, performance, and long warranty offer of Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ will turn heads.  “That’s what sets apart Q CELLS premium range from the pack,” said Shim. “Consumers are increasingly aware and more educated about solar than ever before. They know good value when they see it, or have learned the hard way from previous purchases where a product did not live up to its promise. Now we see them turning more and more to quality, reliable brands like Q CELLS.” Solar installers across the nation are seeing a rise in consumer demand for solar panels as concerns over coronavirus spread. Many installers are reporting noticeable increases in enquiries they’re receiving since the outbreak and announcements of shutdowns in Australia. “Right now, consumers are attracted, more than ever, to quality products to bolster self-sufficiency and energy security in uncertain times,” said Shim. “Q.PEAK DUO-G6+’s high performance thanks to Q.ANTUM DUO Technology, means customers can install fewer panels on their roof to maximise generation and help save on those rising costs.” In addition to the launch of Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, Q CELLS Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 (Q.HOME) will now be ready for Australian installation from mid-May. Q.HOME paired with Q CELLS solar panels, provides a comprehensive fully wrapped solar solution that is covered by a single warranty. It is backed by Q CELLS industry-leading local specialists – a unique complete solar and support offering of its kind in Australia. "Consumers understand that with a quality product and reputable brand, they can have confidence in the service, support and performance for the extended life of the product. With global-shutdowns in place, the reasons to deal with companies with a strong local presence is more compelling than ever before," said Shim.  Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, along with all of Q CELLS’ products come with local support based in Sydney. Q CELLS has been servicing Australia since 2009, celebrating their 10th Anniversary last year. “This is unlike anything else in the market,” said Shim. “Once Q.HOME is paired with Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, this offers customers complete power from one of the most trusted solar brands in Australia.” Q CELLS has won the EuPD Research Top Brand PV Award for the fifth consecutive year in Australia in 2020. This comes off the back of gaining number one market share in US  residential and commercial solar market as well as winning the Life & Living Award 2020 for “Germany's Most Popular Supplier” – one of the most highly valued recognitions of consumer quality in the country. Both Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ and Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 are available for installation in Australia from May 1 2020 with Q.HOME available for installation from the middle of the month. ENDS   Notes to Editor: For full technical specifications visit www.q-cells.com/au   About Q CELLS Q CELLS is a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, Q CELLS provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets. For more information, visit: http://www.q-cells.com.   Safe-Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and Q CELLS’ operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Q CELLS does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. [1] https://www.energynetworks.com.au/news/media-releases/2020-media-releases/electricity-costs-of-working-from-home/ Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd enters into a special agreement with RTS PauaCo in Tasmania, Australia 2020-05-05T08:41:48Z pacific-sea-urchin-australia-pty-ltd-enters-into-a-special-agreement-with-rts-pauaco-in-tasmania-australia For Immediate Press Release  Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd enters into a special agreement with RTS PauaCo in Tasmania, Australia Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd (“PSU”) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with RTS PauaCo to market RTS PauaCo wild, hand caught Tasmanian sea urchins, greenlip abalone, blacklip abalone and the New Zealand Paua (abalone) in specific markets.  PSU already has a strong presence in the sea urchin industry in Australia and in the emerging exporting market and it is hoped this exciting new agreement will greatly enhance the commercial presence of both companies in Australia and Internationally. PSU are working with RTS PauaCo to co-brand a selection of exclusive products and are working together to share industry knowledge, product development and marketing ideas.  We look forward to showcasing a premium product line at seafood expos all over the world during 2020 and introduce new and existing customers to these high-quality products. “RTS PauaCo developed the first commercial urchin industry in Tasmania and is one of the few approved processors currently permitted to export wild Tasmanian sea urchin products to a number of countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Macau and Taiwan. Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd is a company focused on all things around Australian Sea Urchins.  Over many years PSU has been working very hard to promote sea urchin products around the globe and in 2018 we opened the first Australia sea urchin restaurant “Uni Boom Boom” which has introduced a range of exciting dishes centered around our fantastic wild caught urchins.”: Jessica Teoh, Managing Director of PSU. “RTS PauaCo have been seafood industry pioneers for decades, as the largest exporter of Tasmanian live abalone and other premium abalone products.  As pioneers in the commercial Tasmanian Sea Urchin industry, we look forward to building on this foundation and developing new and exciting products with PSU while still delivering the premium abalone and urchins we are renowned for": Beth Mathison, Group CEO RTS PauaCo: Two thirds of citizens around the world agree climate change is as serious a crisis as Covid-19 – Ipsos survey 2020-04-23T22:06:25Z two-thirds-of-citizens-around-the-world-agree-climate-change-is-as-serious-a-crisis-as-covid-19-ipsos-survey April 24, 2020 — A new Ipsos poll conducted in 14 countries shows widespread support for government actions to prioritise climate change in the economic recovery after COVID-19 with 65% globally agreeing that this is important. For Australia, 57% agreed climate change should be prioritised in the economic recovery actions. Furthermore, the survey finds that 71% of adults globally agree that, in the long term, climate change is as serious a crisis as COVID-19. While the majority of Australians (59%) agree climate change is as serious a crisis as COVID-19, this is well below the global average. The survey was conducted online among more than 28,000 adults between April 16th and April 19th, 2020. A second Ipsos survey commissioned for Earth Day found that while climate change remains the most important environmental issue for citizens globally, they are no more likely to say they plan to make changes to their own environmental behaviours than they were six years ago. The second survey was carried out online among more than 20,000 adults across 29 countries between Friday, February 21st and March 6th, 2020. Key Australian findings include: Climate change remains the most important environmental issue to Australians. Two-in-five (42%) cited it as one of the three most important environmental issues facing the nation. This was consistent with the global trend; climate change is the number one environmental issue globally too (37% identified it as a top issue). Also of concern to Australians are dealing with the amount of waste we generate (37%); future energy sources and supplies (29%); wildlife conservation (25%); and overpopulation (24%). Globally, other environmental issues that are important to citizens are air pollution (33%) and dealing with the amount of waste we generate (32%), followed by deforestation (26%) and water pollution (25%). Concern for the top four issues has increased since two years ago.  A majority of the public globally (68%) agrees that if their governments do not act now to combat climate change, they will be failing their citizens. Australians feel similarly, 65% agreed Government inaction on climate change would be failing citizens. More than half of Australians (55%) say they would be put off from voting for a political party whose policies do not take climate change seriously. Comparison of this year’s findings highlight changing environmental priorities for Australians. In 2018, future energy sources and supplies was a top-three environmental concern for Australians (40% identified it as a top environmental issue, compared with 29% this year). Climate change was the third most commonly mentioned issue for Australians in 2018 at 35%; and is the number one environmental issue this year, up by 7 points to 42%. Of all the countries’ citizens surveyed in 2020, Australians placed the greatest concern on wildlife conservation. A quarter (25%) of Australians identify it as a top-three issue compared with an average of 15% globally. It is likely this concern has been shaped by the loss of Australian wildlife during the bushfire crisis over summer. However, concern was also relatively high in 2018 compared with the rest of the world. In 2018, 22% of Australians selected this issue (14% globally). Across a range of environmental behaviours, as many as two fifths globally feel they are already contributing as much as they possibly can by undertaking specific behaviours. Australians feel they are already doing much to limit their impact on climate change including recycling (54% report they are already doing as much as they possibly can); saving energy at home (e.g. through insulation, 43% already doing as much as they possibly can); and saving water at home (40% already doing as much as they possibly can). Australians are divided on whether the environment should have to endure some setbacks in order to help the economy to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Half (50%) agree that the Government should focus on helping the economy to recover first and foremost, even if that means taking some actions that are bad for the environment. Two-in-five (41%) disagree. Ipsos Australia Public Affairs Director, Jennifer Brook, said: “It’s not surprising Australians feel conflicted about the potential of environmental sacrifices for economic recovery. In another of our monthly Ipsos Issues Monitor surveys, we have seen the environment get pushed out as the number one issue facing the nation at the start of 2020 to be replaced by healthcare, the economy and unemployment. “These three issues have all experienced a dramatic surge in concern during the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of the year, it was the bushfire crisis that put the environment at the top of the list, but clearly COVID-19 is driving concern about these other issues at the moment. “Despite the environment taking a back seat compared with other current issues, it’s still important to people. There is strong support among the public for a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The importance of staying at home as much as possible is having major impacts on our consumption and travel patterns at present. What remains to be seen is how sticky these behaviour changes are as the economy opens up again in post-pandemic life.” Technical notes The findings come from two surveys conducted by Ipsos on the Global Advisor online platform. One is a 14-country survey conducted April 16-19, 2020 among 28,029 adults aged 18-74 in Canada and the United States and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Spain. The sample consisted of approximately 2,000+ individuals in each of the 14 countries. The other is a 29-country survey conducted February 21 - March 6, 2020 among 20,590 adults aged 18-74 in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Turkey and aged 16-74 in 23 other markets. The sample for this survey included approximately 1000+ individuals in each of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland), France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.; and approximately 500+ individuals in each of Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. The precision of Ipsos online polls are calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.1 percentage points and of 500 accurate to +/- 4.5 percentage points. For more information on the Ipsos use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website. 17 of the 29 countries surveyed online generate nationally representative samples in their countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and United States). Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey produce a national sample that is more urban & educated, and with higher incomes than their fellow citizens.  We refer to these respondents as “Upper Deck Consumer Citizens”.  They are not nationally representative of their country. Weighting was employed in both surveys to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to the most recent country Census data, and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. More information at: https://www.ipsos.com/en-au/two-thirds-citizens-around-world-agree-climate-change-serious-crisis-covid-19-ipsos-survey   For more information on this news release, please contact: Rochelle Burbury                                              Third Avenue Consulting                                   0408 774 577                                                   rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au                              About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP www.ipsos.com Epson again selected as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series 2020-04-23T05:19:10Z epson-again-selected-as-a-constituent-of-the-ftse4good-index-series Epson has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 15th consecutive year. The FTSE4Good Index Series measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indexes are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.Epson aims to create new value by looking hard at solutions to social issues, understanding the expectations of society, and then providing products and services that far exceed those expectations. The company is committed to the development of a sustainable society through the four areas of innovation identified through its Epson 25 Corporate Vision. Epson has been helping to solve various social issues by delivering unique value through innovative and creative products and solutions. Their mission is to build stakeholder trust as they grow and prosper with communities and to help create a better world. Epson considers any action designed to realise Epson's Management Philosophy to be a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.In addition to ensuring compliance, observing corporate ethics, and fulfilling responsibilities at a level that exceeds what society requires, Epson will fully demonstrate their unique creativity in CSR by creating value through the products they develop and manufacture. In recent times Epson developed a materiality matrix that identifies key CSR themes, such as environmental issues, respect for human rights, human resources development, and governance. Epson use this matrix to guide and strengthen their CSR activities and to help make the world a better place. Epson have also selected CSR themes, taking into account social issues defined by ISO 26000 and other sources. They evaluated them from both their company perspective and a social perspective, and prioritised the key themes in the "Key CSR Themes" matrix. To help ensure that Epson’s activities are effective, the company specified action items and targets (KPI) for each key CSR theme. Epson periodically revise the key CSR themes and action items based on feedback from stakeholders and will systematically drive continuous improvements. Picture creditsEpson’s key CSR themesFollow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust Australians ‘hungry’ for beauty product recycling, Edible Beauty delivers 2020-04-18T20:24:33Z australians-hungry-for-beauty-product-recycling-edible-beauty-delivers Luxury skincare brand, Edible Beauty, has today announced a new recycling program for their own line of ‘edible’ beauty products in partnership with TerraCycle. The Edible Beauty Recycling Program allows Australians to collect and ship all their Edible Beauty product packaging to TerraCycle who will then turn them into new products.   Additionally, for every kilogram of waste collected in the program, recyclers will earn $1 towards the school or charity of their choice.  Edible Beauty founder, Anna Mitsios, says sustainable packaging has always been a priority, alongside the brands’ commitment to using quality and ethical ingredients.   “Edible Beauty is thrilled to ensure our consumers are now able to dispose of all our packaging in an environmentally responsible manner.” “We are proud to announce that our products, as well as being made from Australian wildcrafted plants, cruelty-free and vegan, now come in 100% recyclable packaging too,” said Ms Mitsios. Jean Bailliard, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia, said the program highlights a real demand for recycling options within the beauty industry. “Many people aren’t aware of the difficulties in recycling beauty products. Dark or black coloured plastic, for example, isn’t able to be recycled in traditional material recovery facilities; this is where we step in.” “Once we receive the items, we will sort, shred and melt them down into plastic pellets to be used in the manufacture of new products such as garden beds, park benches and even playgrounds. This helps us to go from a linear to a circular economy,” said Mr Bailliard. To join the program, Australians simply visit www.terraycle.com/ediblebeauty, create a TerraCycle account and then start collecting all their empty Edible Beauty products from home. Accepted in the program are: droppers, pumps and spray closures; plastic tubes and containers, sachets and tea refill pouches; and masks (including packaging). Violet glass packaging is conditionally accepted according to local council.    Worldwide licence for new UQ synthetic zeolite processing technology secured by Metalsearch (MSE) 2020-04-07T03:12:30Z worldwide-licence-for-new-uq-synthetic-zeolite-processing-technology-secured-by-metalsearch-mse Aspiring industrial mineral and compound producer, Metalsearch (MSE) has secured an exclusive worldwide licence for a unique newly developed synthetic zeolite processing technology that has the potential to significantly lower the cost of production for this widely applied input. Used in a broad range of applications including-water treatment (purification and separation), detergent builders and cracking processes in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, the 2019 global synthetic zeolite market was estimated at USD $5.64 billion 1 The Licence Agreement, from UniQuest, the technology transfer company of The University of Queensland (UQ), will see UniQuest join the MSE share register. UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering Associate Professor James Vaughan and Dr Hong (Marco) Peng developed the unique approach to manufacture synthetic zeolites from kaolin feedstock. UQ’s processing technology is a synergistic fit to MSE’s Abercorn Project, as the primary feedstock is kaolin. The Company’s Abercorn kaolin mineralisation prospect in Queensland has the potential to extract marketable volumes of higher-grade Al2O3 feedstock. Experienced former Westpac Group senior corporate banker, Peter Zardo, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MSE to drive commercialisation of the patent-pending technology and development of MSE’s Abercorn Project. The technology will potentially fast track development of the Abercorn Project, with a low capital cost to reach commercial production, utilising the company’s existing kaolin feedstock. It also provides MSE with opportunities to monetise broader application of the technology outside the company by offering a significantly lower cost method of manufacturing zeolites compared to current production processes. Under lab conditions, UQ demonstrated up to 70% reduction in energy in the thermal activation stage and up to 80% reduction in production time in subsequent zeolite precipitation steps. These results also underpin a process that could expand the application of synthetic zeolites, by reducing costs and making their unique frameworks more accessible to wider applications. The technology will allow MSE to pursue sub-licensing agreements to existing synthetic zeolite manufacturers and end users. MSE believes a materially lower cost of production for synthetic zeolites could accelerate the transition away from phosphate use to environmentally friendly detergent builders. Quotes attributable to Dr. Dean Moss, CEO, UniQuest: “UniQuest is very pleased to have partnered with MSE for this promising UQ technology. The technology used to produce the synthetic zeolite has shown potential to reduce energy consumption and time, compared to traditional methods in lab experiments. With the MSE licence in place and an associated research agreement to follow shortly, we are excited to support MSE to explore broader use across multiple industry applications and further commercialise the technology to create change.” Quotes attributable to Mr Peter Zardo, COO, Metalsearch: “It’s an exciting time to join Metalsearch with the addition of innovative new technology that has the potential to disrupt the synthetic zeolite manufacturing market. Our relationship with The University of Queensland continues to strengthen and we now have a significant opportunity to leverage our Abercorn deposit and combine it with world leading kaolin technology. We are committed to extracting the significant benefits of this opportunity and commercialising it for MSE’s Abercorn Project and broader market application. We would like to thank UQ and UniQuest for introducing this technology to MSE and enabling the licence agreement.” - ENDS - About Metalsearch Limited (MSE) MSE is an aspiring industrial mineral and compound producer listed on the ASX. The Company’s primary focus is on the development of its Queensland based Abercorn Project, a large-scale high quality kaolin prospect, and leveraging newly acquired kaolin centric technologies developed by the University of Queensland for potential commercial production of in demand compounds, including synthetic zeolites, high-purity alumina (HPA) and aluminium sulfate (ALUM). The Company also owns 100% of the Kraaipan Gold-Nickel-Copper-PGM Project in southern Botswana. There are no current activities at this site. About synthetic zeolites Synthetic zeolites are manufactured aluminosilicate minerals with a sponge-like structure (framework), made up of tiny pores that make them useful as frameworks for catalysts or ultrafine filters. They are commonly known as molecular sieves and can be designed to selectively adsorb smaller molecules or ions. The selectivity properties of different synthetic zeolites enable them to be effective in wastewater treatment applications, as detergent builders and water filters. The rise in adoption of synthetic zeolite based adsorbents in major end use industries including water treatment, chemicals and petrochemicals particularly in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America has boosted the growth of the market and this is expected to continue over the next decade. Rising environmental concerns regarding wastewater health hazards have triggered regulatory bodies across the globe to mandate the use of synthetic zeolite based adsorbents. The stringent regulatory norms specifically in the U.S. and Europe to disinfect both water and air have also been boosting the demand for adsorbents. Synthetic zeolites also play an important role as ion exchangers in many everyday dishwashing and laundry detergents, assisting to remove calcium and magnesium and soften water so they work more effectively. Synthetic zeolites are sought after as a detergent builder as they present an environmentally friendly substitute for toxic phosphates (which are banned in the USA, Europe, Australia and some parts of Asia). Synthetic zeolite is also used as a catalyst in the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, in catalytic crackers to break large hydrocarbon molecules into gasoline, diesel, kerosene and waxes. In agriculture, synthetic zeolites are used in soil conditioners.