The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-21T19:54:02Z Climate Risk: What the Board of Directors Need to Know 2021-01-21T19:54:02Z climate-risk-what-the-board-of-directors-need-to-know Sydney, Australia – January 22, 2021 – InConsult, an advisory firm specialising in end-to-end risk management, governance, audit has released a climate risk guide to help directors understand their climate risk responsibilities and take steps in the right direction.  The climate is changing at the fastest rate in history with severe consequences for earth’s inhabitants. The changing climate impacts the quality of our lives and the financial wellbeing of many entities. Climate change directly and indirectly impacts economic outcomes, such as agricultural output, critical economic resources, manufacturing, energy production, transport, supply chain and other services, as well as wider human and animal welfare. Directors have a duty of care and diligence under section 180 of the Corporations Act 2001 and under the common law.  Organisations are increasingly focusing on the impact of climate change and environmental issues on current and future corporate performance. The Board, CEO and leaders have started to realise that climate risks and opportunities are not abstract concepts, but are essential for creating a sustainable business model that delivers long-term value. This guide aims to help directors understand their climate risk responsibilities and take steps in the right direction. The guide includes: - a valuable checklist that directors can use to evaluate their climate risk posture. - a summary of the legal and regulatory climate reporting and disclosure requirements. - typical climate risk assessment challenges that are often experienced. Click here to download the guide About InConsult Established in 2001, InConsult is a leading professional services firm based in Sydney with extensive local and international experience in risk management, business resilience, internal audit, corporate governance and risk management technology solutions. InConsult offers a comprehensive, end-to-end range of solutions to help public and private sector organisations effectively manage risks and improve internal controls to maximise opportunities. InConsult clients include ASX listed companies, not-for-profit organisations, international insurers and public sector organisations.   For more information, please contact: Tony Harb, Director, InConsult Telephone: 02 9241 1344 Email: info@inconsult.com.au ANGELUVE Brings Sustainable Fashion And Spirituality Together 2021-01-21T05:39:25Z angeluve-brings-sustainable-fashion-and-spirituality-together ANGELUVE, a conscious fashion brand based in Sydney Australia, was founded on the principle of spirituality and sustainability. It’s on a mission to empower people to live an authentic life of passion and purpose and to create a positive impact in the world through conscious and sustainable fashion.   The impact of fashion on the environment is increasingly understood to be a problem, and the company wants to be part of the solution. The company is committed to making ethical and sustainable products that respect people, animals, and the planet. Each collection is carefully curated using sustainable materials that are friendly to the environment such as organic cotton, recycled fabrics, and plant-based fibres. This ensures its clothes do not cause any harm to the environment.   More than a clothing brand, ANGELUVE is a state of mind and a way of life. The brand sets out to make a positive difference by empowering people’s lives and valuing conscious living. The brand’s inspiration behind its design comes from spirituality. Its goal is to create unique products and experiences that nurture individual spiritual growth, as well as raise people’s awareness around how they can live a life of passion, purpose, possibility, and potential.   The versatile collection features a range of soulful pieces of clothing that celebrate love, faith, positivity, self-belief, freedom, empowerment, and all things spirituality. Throughout the collection, inspirational slogans are used to serve as a reminder and to empower the wearer. The products are also energised with high vibrations of love and light. By choosing conscious fashion, wearers are spreading love and radiating positive vibes through the clothes. The company is also committed to social and environmental sustainability and gives back to the community. A portion of sales goes towards charities with good cause including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Thread Together, and Green Fleet. It takes pride in building a better world that is inspired by sustainability, ethics, and spirituality.   For more information, visit https://angeluve.com  Arowana ranks in global Top 50 again in 2021 “Real Leaders Impact Awards” 2021-01-18T18:52:08Z arowana-ranks-in-global-top-50-again-in-2021-real-leaders-impact-awards Sydney, New South Wales, 18th January 2021 - For over a decade, Real Leaders – the world’s first business and sustainable leadership magazine – has been recognising leaders and organisations that make a positive social or environmental impact with the Real Leaders Impact Awards. We are very proud to announce that for the second straight year, Real Leaders has recognised Arowana’s commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. This year we’ve earned a No. 27 ranking among the top 150 Impact Companies worldwide. As a certified B Corp since 2018, we earned this spot thanks to our ‘Force for Good’ score on the B Impact Assessment. We have a long-term commitment to building strong, sustainable businesses that will positively impact economies, industries and the people they employ.  Today our operating companies and investments include electric vehicles, renewable energy, vocational education, technology and software, road infrastructure services and impact asset management.   “These top impact companies prove that businesses can thrive by being a force for good” said Mark Van Ness, Founder of Real Leaders. “They are the Real Leaders of the New Economy” added Van Ness. The 2021 award winners include game-changers such as: Tesla, Beyond Meat, Patagonia and 147 other well-respected impact brands of all sizes and from a variety of industries. “We are honoured to accept Arowana’s second Real Leaders Impact Award” said Kevin Chin, Founder & Chairman of Arowana. “At Arowana we always consider the impact of our actions and strive to act responsibly, and we aspire to see businesses and economies grow in a sustainable way. This aligns with the Real Leaders mission to find profitable solutions that also benefit humankind.”  A special ceremony will be held on January 27th, 2021 to honor the winners and will include key impact speakers featuring Seth Goldman, Chairman of Beyond Meat and a musical performance from Michael Franti, world-renowned musician and activist. Q CELLS launches Q.ANTUM DUO Z gapless solar technology in Australian market 2020-12-16T03:49:17Z q-cells-launches-q-antum-duo-z-gapless-solar-technology-in-australian-market • Zero-gap technology elevating solar efficiency up to 21.1% • Passing ultra-strict and first-of-its-kind testing, industry first to receive Quality Control PV testing certification from TÜV Rheinland • Designed to cope with Australia’s unique climate: Q.ANTUM technology ensuring optimal performance with built-in Anti-PID, Anti-LID, Anti-LeTID. Globally renowned solar technology leader and total energy solutions provider, Q CELLS has launched its new ‘zero-gap’ technology in Australia with the release of Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9+ (“G9+”), which is the world’s first Q.ANTUM DUO Z gapless technology, defying the industry-wide 20% efficiency barrier. Notably, G9+ boasts a newly sealed Quality Control PV (QCPV) testing certification from TÜV Rheinland, making Q CELLS the first solar module manufacturer in the industry to pass the stringent program and raising the standard for monitoring, testing and recognising solar module quality.[1] Offering the world’s first Q.ANTUM DUO Z gapless solar module, the new technology increases module efficiencies by closing the space between cells. As a result, it delivers efficiency up to 21.1%, which represents a major breakthrough in the industry. Closing gaps of 2-3mm to zero allows for more cells to be contained within the module – moving from 120 half-cells in previous iterations to 132 half-cells, and from 144 half-cells to 156 half-cells, underpinning the efficiency boost. Combined with Q CELLS’ existing Q.ANTUM technology including the unique Yield Security with, anti-PID, anti-LID and anti-LeTID technologies, the new module delivers best-in-class performance, with an extensive 25-year product warranty and one of the lowest degradation rates in the industry, which guarantees 86% performance after 25 years.   Peter Bae said that Q CELLS is firmly established in the Australian market and, “The new Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9+ is aimed squarely at installers and customers who are seeking innovative, state-of-the-art technologies in solar. “At the end of the day, solar modules, particularly in a residential setting are about the long-term peace of mind for consumers. While many solar models can provide short-term gains, the quality and performance of Q CELLS and in particular its Q.PEAK DUO range are firmly about realising our promise for high performance and energy savings over time.” For solar installer, Penrith Solar Centre in Penrith NSW, who is also a Q.PARTNER, the launch of the new panel represents an exciting new step in their local offerings. Jake Warner, Managing Director at Penrith Solar Centre, was among the first solar installers in Australia to pre-order the upcoming Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9+. When asked why he looks forward to the new products, he explained, “With more Australians working from home than ever, the increased energy consumption has put pressure on families to cope with increased electricity bills. The new Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9+ panels offer families the opportunity to maximise their renewable energy investment with fewer panels and long-term reliability of proven technology . “The Penrith region is a unique place. We see temperatures ranging from -1.8⁰c to 48.9⁰, which means a reliable panel designed to withstand these harsh conditions is a necessity for the residents of our region. “Our reputation has been built on delivering quality products. That is why Penrith Solar Centre chooses the new Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9+.” Tech highlights from Q CELLS Engineer: ·       The Quality Controlled PV (QCPV) testing standard by TÜV Rheinland ·       25-year product warranty and one of the lowest degradation rates in the industry, ensuring 86% performance after 25 years ·       Warranty claims handled by local Sydney office with labour and transportation costs covered in all valid warranty claims ·       Up to 395 Wp Power Class per panel (132 half-cell version) ·       Designed with installer in mind – suitable for most roof pitches and with longer cables, creating flexibility for installation. ·       Suitable for coastal installation ·       Sleek design achieving an overall look of sophistication. In addition to boasting the extremely powerful 395 Wp power class, G9+ is fully compliant with the oversizing regulations in Australia. Interested installers and consumers can find out more about the Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9+ at www.q-cells.com/au.   – End –   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-Pacific, 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. About TÜV Rheinland TÜV Rheinland stands for safety and quality in virtually all areas of business and life. Founded almost 150 years ago, the company is one of the world’s leading testing service providers with 21,500 employees and annual revenues of 2.1 billion euros. TÜV Rheinland’s highly qualified experts test technical systems and products around the world, support innovations in technology and business, train people in numerous professions and certify management systems according to international standards. In doing so, the independent experts generate trust in products as well as processes across global value-adding chains and the flow of commodities. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. Website: http://www.tuv.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] QCPV is not only the most extensive and stringent test scheme available to date, but also the only certification in the industry that involves independent and random onsite testing from running production, as well as regular material testing. EMM Announces New Board Members 2020-12-09T01:39:43Z emm-announces-new-board-members EMM Consulting Chairman Gary Flowers recently announced the appointment of two new members to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Joining the board are Nicole Armit and Paul Gibbons, in an exciting evolution of the company’s governance, management and strategic direction.  Both Nicole and Paul bring with them a wealth of experience and a diversity in thought.  Their combined skills and experience including industry reputation, technical/professional skills and behavioural attributes were acknowledged and endorsed by all board members.  These appointments also reflect the growth and expanded geographic footprint of the company. A respected leader with expertise spanning two decades, Nicole has held various technical and geographic leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region.  Since her appointment at EMM in 2015, Nicole has played a key role in the development and delivery of the company strategic direction as a member of the senior executive team.  With a background across both industry and professional services, Nicole has been integral in cementing the company’s footprint in the Hunter and across regional NSW.  Commenting on her new role, Nicole said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the next evolution of our board, and to have the opportunity to further contribute to the strategic direction of EMM. It’s an exciting time for our business, as we continue to grow in the services we offer and the  geographies in which we operate, and I am looking forward to playing a further part in that”. Similarly, Paul has experience across various sectors including roles with Planning SA, BHP Billiton and Iluka Resources.  His professional services background commenced in 1998 and has included roles in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia since 2002. Paul was the founding member of EMM’s Adelaide office in 2017 and has been central to building the EMM brand in South Australia. Paul highlighted: “I am looking forward to contributing towards the continued success of EMM and the Board, and am grateful for the opportunity to work for a truly unique culture and value driven company”  The composition of the board has been an important focus in recent years and formed part of the company’s 2019- 2021 strategy.  This announcement follows the appointment of Non-Executive Director Mark Elliott in February 2020. Australian farmers named Supreme winners in the irrigation excellence awards 2020-12-03T02:21:17Z australian-farmers-named-supreme-winners-in-the-irrigation-excellence-awards (Australia) – 3 December 20 Tasmanian farmers Rob and Eliza Tole of Cressy have been announced as the Australian region and Supreme winners of the inaugural Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards.    Mr Tole is a third generation farmer on “Greenvale” a 560ha property with 350ha irrigated. He and his wife Eliza run an operation which includes lamb production and a cropping rotation of significant variety, including peas, seed potatoes, poppies, grass seed, clover seed, hemp, chicory and pasture.  The Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, were created to celebrate excellence and recognise farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship. The Awards were open to irrigating farmers in Australia and New Zealand and were assessed on four key components: ·        Sustainable irrigation management, ·        Irrigation-driven improvements, ·        Waterway protection; and ·        Environmental stewardship “We were surprised and honoured to win this award.  There are so many farmers around who I look up to and seek advice from who could easily have won it, so for us to be named Supreme winners across Australia and New Zealand was very humbling.  Mr Tole said. “We also acknowledge the dedicated staff within our operations because without their commitment to achieving our goals, these results wouldn’t be possible and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are now.  Head judge for the Awards Ms. Keri Johnston noted that judges were looking for innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources. “The Tole’s exemplified all of these attributes both on their own farm and through their work supporting other irrigators. Being on the front foot in adopting new technology and ideas has been pivotal to their success. Mr. James Craft of Zimmatic ANZ, says that the Awards acknowledge innovative farming operators and reward them for the vital role they play in the primary sector. “We were extremely impressed by the calibre of applications for the Award and the excellence being practiced by these farmers who are focussed on improving their irrigation and water management,” he said. “The Awards are an opportunity to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening Australia’s success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming. We really look forward to the Awards becoming a regular feature of the agricultural calendar in Australia and New Zealand. Having worked in various agricultural roles on broadacre, feedlot and intensive industries in Tasmania, WA and NZ and studying at agricultural college, Mr Tole returned to the family farm in 2000.  With only a small amount of irrigation in place he started with a clean slate in terms of irrigation layout which has evolved over time to achieve the irrigation operation they have today. When asked what he believed set him apart from the other finalists Mr Tole said it was a combination of things such as their focus on efficient drainage systems, application of variable rate irrigation and an enthusiasm for technology and innovation.  Mr Tole runs his own irrigation contracting business installing surface drainage and leveling for other farmers and he also volunteers for a number of community and industry organisations. Encouraging other irrigators to enter the Award in future Mr Tole said, “Even though I was hesitant at first myself, I would absolutely encourage other farmers to enter and give it a go as you learn so much about your own operation in the process of applying” “It is also really important to get the message to urban communities and our customers, that irrigation farmers are managing the water and soil resources really well and this Award helps to do that. “We also acknowledge Zimmatic for running the Trailblazer Award and the organisations who have supported them such as Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd, Ag Logic Pty Ltd and Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) because without them the Award simply couldn’t happen.  We were pleasantly surprised by the prizes that were given to us, not only as the Award winner, but even for being named as finalists – the Award partners were very generous. As the overall winners we have won, among other things, an overseas trip for two to the USA, when international travel is once again feasible” In the New Zealand category of the Awards, Ted and Sue Rollinson of mid-Canterbury, NZ took out the honours having impressed judges with their complete conversion of their 380ha flood irrigation system to spray irrigation. - End – For information about the Awards: www.irrigationtrailblazer.com About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fibre and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® centre pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com. FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries. Green Frog Systems Wins Exterior Luminaire of the Year at 2020 Lux Awards 2020-12-02T05:08:39Z green-frog-systems-awarded-exterior-luminaire-of-the-year-at-2020-lux-awards David Wilson, CEO of Green Frog Systems Australia, said in interview; "This truly is a terrific result for the Green Frog Systems and Acrospire Products collaboration. The Stealth is a relatively new product to the UK market and has undergone significant technical redevelopment to ensure reliable performance through UK weather conditions. So being recognised with this award is a real accolade." The independent panel of judges consisted of experienced lighting professionals, designers and end users of lighting and for the first time in history the trophy winners were announced in an innovative, online ceremony watched by lighting professionals all over the world. The judges described the Stealth as a step change in all-in-one solar luminaires. It features some of the most advanced technologies seen in this type of product, including a best-in-class mono-crystalline panel and a lithium-iron-phosphate battery, all combined with a sophisticated solar energy management system. The standout feature that set the Stealth solar light apart from the other entries was the integrated SAM IoT hardware (Solar Activity Monitoring). This patented platform enables remote monitoring and control of individual solar lighting assets from a centralised access portal. The system is capable of real-time modification of operating profiles and live error reporting via secure cloud based servers on the cellular network. The aim of the Stealth solar light with SAM capabilities was to build the most advanced, all in one solar light capable of the sort of high-end performance that was previously only seen in much bulkier and give it a contemporary, modern exterior. Something that did not look anything like a ‘traditional’ solar light but more like a sculptural element for modern outdoor environments. Compact form featuring high quality components produce an outstanding result with this product delivering one of the most reliable all in one solar lights available which is being consistently chosen by city planners, outdoor architects and consulting engineers for its performance, appeal and ability to deliver illumination across a site while avoiding significant costs and ground disturbance when compared to grid tied lighting systems. The product is available through Green Frog Systems proven network of approved distributors. For more information please visit our website at greenfrogsystems.com.au or contact : Green Frog Systems (Australia) +61 (08) 7200 3909 Green Frog Systems (Americas) +1 (214) 838-7010 Acrospire Solutions Ltd (UK) +44 01256 308467 Aussie crops set to be saved with school leavers ‘PickPacking’ their way around the country 2020-11-26T01:58:44Z aussie-crops-set-to-be-saved-with-school-leavers-pickpacking-their-way-around-the-country With international backpacking no longer an option, a new initiative by social enterprise Thankful4Farmers is calling on school leavers to create an alternative rite-of-passage by PickPacking their way around the country for the adventure of a lifetime, while helping save the livelihoods of farmers facing unparalleled labour shortages as a result of COVID-19. A dedicated Go and Pick website, launched today, is a one-stop information platform for 18-25 year olds to connect with employers, review job opportunities and a suite of support resources, including government relocation grants, Austudy benefits and more. Thankful Founder and CEO, Kim McDonnell said: “There has been widespread public discussion about the potential impact of harvest labour shortage on Australia’s farmers and their crops, and the flow-on effects on availability and cost of fruit and veg for consumers. Go And Pick aims to tackle these issues by tapping into new gap year options for Australian school leavers with the intention that, over time, the campaign will reduce Australian farmers’ long-term reliance on overseas and seasonal labour. Ms McDonnell acknowledges that in the past fruit picking has been regarded the poor cousin to overseas gap year travel but says the tide is turning. “There are some fantastic opportunities for school-leavers including benefits and rewards plus it’s a wonderful way to meet new people, make some money, and travel around one of the most beautiful countries in the world”. Sydney raised 19 year old, Guy Nicol, is currently at university in Canberra and looking to be a PickPacker to support his studies in environment and sustainability. “I’ve just finished my first year at uni and I’d really like to get out into regional New South Wales and work at either a cherry or tomato farm as it is relevant to my degree. “I’m currently researching accommodation and then I’ll be able to decide where to go. I’m really excited by the opportunity and what I will learn,” said Guy. Discussions are currently in place to create labelling on the fruit and veg with QR codes that show the personal journey of the PickPacker and creating opportunities for proud PickPacker parents to share their child’s accomplishments. “Ultimately we want our PickPackers to receive the acknowledgement their hard work deserves and to feel a strong sense of pride knowing the difference they’ve made to farmers and consumers,” Ms McDonnell added. To find out more information and follow the journey visit goandpick.com.au -ends- About The New GAP Year – Go and Pick Each year Australian farmers rely on overseas seasonal workers and backpackers to help harvest fruit and vegetables. COVID-19 has closed borders and The Seasonal horticulture labour demand and workforce study, completed by EY, estimates that Australia's fruit and vegetable farmers need an additional 26,000 workers to harvest their crops. The New GAP Year aims to fill the labour void with Australian school leavers unable to fulfil their traditional rite-of-passage by heading overseas backpacking; instead they are being encouraged to become PickPackers- doing good, while earning money, learning new skills and having an Aussie adventure of a lifetime. #thenewgapyear #goandpick #pickpackers #thankful4farmers #thankful4pickers About Thankful4Farmers The Thankful4Farmers initiative aims to celebrate the important and significant contribution of farmers and agriculture to Australia’s culture and economy. Through Go and Pick, Thankful4Farmers is unifying brands and industries to amplify support and multiply the impact, bringing industries together to make the BIGGEST difference to address this national challenge to encourage Aussies to PickPack in regional and rural Australia. For more information visit thankful4farmers.com.au. Business critical: environmental intelligence key to growth 2020-11-25T21:38:10Z business-critical-environmental-intelligence-key-to-growth Environmental factors significantly impact over 50% of businesses globally Companies continue to view environmental management as a compliance exercise Most businesses unaware of the power of environmental intelligence in driving growth, optimisation, innovation and bottom-line savings 26 November, 2020: A new report released today shows that environmental factors have significantly impacted more than half of all businesses world-wide, yet the majority are still viewing environmental management and intelligence as a tick-box ‘compliance exercise’ (51%) and the ‘cost of doing business’ (43%). The research report, Environmental Intelligence: driving business growth in a changing climate, undertaken by Frost & Sullivan and partnered by Australian technology company Envirosuite (ASX:EVS), uncovers how some organisations plan to unlock business value from environmental intelligence, while others are lagging in their approach; something that may make or break many in the face of growing environmental challenges. Environmental Intelligence (EI) is an evolution of environmental management; a technology-driven process harnessing the power of big data, machine learning and analytics tools to produce real-time visualisations, predictive modelling, digital simulations and actionable insights. Peter White, CEO and Managing Director of Envirosuite, commented; “Organisations are slowly starting to realise that EI is so much more than a tick-box exercise; it’s a licence to operate and it’s serious business. Our business and environmental climates are changing, and both customers and the wider community are increasingly calling for accountability and action from government and business leaders. As such, we need to see more organisations not just understand the need for EI, but to actually implement it in a meaningful, actionable and sustainable way.” Environmental management is perceived by 35% of organisations as ‘good for the planet’ and ‘the right thing to do’, while 31% say it’s critical to enabling business growth, and 18% say it provides a competitive edge. Furthermore, 27% say they anticipate increasing expenditure on environmental management in 2020 compared to 2019, with 62% expecting expenditure to remain unchanged, demonstrating the importance of environmental management in a cost-conscious, COVID-19, global business economy. Despite a growing awareness and understanding of the positive business, community and environmental impacts of EI, one in 10 respondents maintains that it’s neither important nor relevant. Interestingly, the research shows a two-speed market emerging in Australia; with a large group of organisations unaware of EI, but also the third highest rate of organisations across the globe who are applying EI in Australia right now - one of the highest adoption rates of advanced digital tools in the space. Mr White added: “Those who underestimate the importance and impact of EI are potentially putting their organisations at risk. Our research shows a growing public concern around environmental factors, particularly in highly regulated industries. These challenges are set to drive increased scrutiny on how businesses adapt and ensure a positive environmental impact and legacy for future generations. “We’re also seeing a growing trend and understanding of climate adaptation, something that organisations need to recognise and address when it comes to the environment. This is the business’ impact on the environment and the environment’s impact on business. These dual elements are critical to an organisation’s sustainability and growth.” According to a United Nations report on Climate Change, Adaptation and Vulnerability[1], governments at various levels are factoring adaptation into development plans; that is, adapting to life in a changing climate. The top benefit of leveraging EI is cited as reduced operating costs (48%), with 32% also citing enhanced brand and positioning. Among the other benefits of leveraging EI cited in the report were reduced health, safety & environment breaches (43%), reduced community complaints and improved engagement (40%), and reduced unplanned shutdowns due to regulatory intervention (35%). Although most businesses still hold traditional views on the importance of environmental management, being that of compliance, there is a growing cohort of early adopters, with 44% of organisations suggesting they are planning to implement EI solutions over the next two years. The report highlights a range of barriers for businesses when approaching environmental management. Cost pressures (52%) are the main challenge to environmental management in organisations, particularly in manufacturing, mining and construction, followed by inadequate or inconsistent environmental data collection (33%). “The strength in digitising environmental management is hugely powerful, and Australia is at the forefront of this concerted shift towards EI, with some of the world’s leading minds working on new technology and innovation in this emerging sector,” commented Mr White. “However, while awareness of and appetite for EI is growing, our research shows that the majority of businesses are still underutilising it. The risk for organisations that aren’t putting a focus on EI, is that at best they’ll fall behind and at worst they will fail. Taking action now will futureproof an organisation and deliver better outcomes for all stakeholders - today and into the future.” -ENDS- Media enquiries: For more information please contact DEC PR on +61 2 8014 5033 or envirosuite@decpr.com.au About the report Envirosuite and Frost & Sullivan polled 272 senior executives across various geographies and sectors to understand the challenges and approaches to environmental management in airports, cities, mining, construction, waste & wastewater, as well as a range of industrial sites such as heavy manufacturing, ports, smelters, agribusiness. About Envirosuite Envirosuite (ASX:EVS) is a global leader in environmental intelligence technology spanning more than 15 countries and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading industry operators in airports, cities, construction, mining, heavy industry, waste and water. Envirosuite’s solutions combines leading-edge science, proprietary algorithms and predictive technology with industry expertise to produce actionable insights, allowing customers to optimise their operations whilst managing their environmental impact. By harnessing the power of environmental intelligence, Envirosuite helps industry grow and communities thrive. About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the Global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. With over 1,800 analysts, growth consultants, and visionaries in 45 global offices, Frost & Sullivan provides the following critical services to our “partners” supporting their growth strategies: Growth Partnership Services and Growth Consulting, Events & Training. frost.com Australian brand Ekoroo to donate 100% of Black Friday weekend profits to Every Little Bit Helps charity 2020-11-16T05:40:55Z australian-brand-ekoroo-to-donate-100-of-black-friday-weekend-profits-to-every-little-bit-helps-charity Sustainable lifestyle brand Ekoroo is giving shoppers the opportunity to spend consciously and make a difference this Black Friday, by linking up with charity to support Australians in need. Over the Black Friday weekend, from the 27th - 30th November, Ekoroo will be donating 100% of profits made from purchases of any of their sustainable lifestyle products from their online store to Australian charity Every Little Bit Helps. ELBH is a volunteer-run organisation that believes all Australians should have access to basic essentials, and a little bit of dignity.  Through collecting toiletries and having creating care packages filled with essentials, ELBH provides necessities to those in need, including people who are homeless, asylum seekers and victims of Domestic Violence, as well as troubled youths through Women’s Refuge, Homeless Shelters, Youth Centres, Asylum Centres and Community Centres.  “Every Little Bit Helps is an incredible charity with an inspiring purpose. We really think that it would have been a missed opportunity to not make use of the excitement and high sales of the Black Friday period and create some sort of initiative that benefits those who need the support more than we do,” explains Ekoroo founders Viv Castelino & Zoe Shabodaghi.  “We are really hoping that Black Friday shoppers recognise this opportunity to make a purchase over the weekend that not only does wonders for the planet, but one that will also make a massive difference to people’s lives.” With over 350 locations Australia wide, ELBH have donated over 1,250,000 items, and over 65,000 care packages to Australians who need them most, making a significant impact on their lives. Unlike many other charities, every single dollar of donations received by ELBH goes directly into supporting people in need, which is why Ekoroo decided to reach out to the charity for Black Friday. Ekoroo, previously known as Eco Shop Co., offers a wide range of eco-friendly products from personal care items, zero-waste kitchen must-haves, and reusables for on-the-go. Ekoroo wants to encourage Australian shoppers to spend their money more thoughtfully and take the opportunity to make a difference through their purchases this holiday season. Ekoroo’s range of sustainable products can be found online via their website, at www.ekoroo.com $2.4 MILLION SERIES A FUNDING ROUND 2020-11-12T04:57:44Z 2-4-million-series-a-funding-round This influx of capital will facilitate the further expansion of the business and fast track the production of Attapure- the company’s proprietary filtration technology – which is removing 100% of PFAS compounds from contaminated bore water via a novel PFAS removing Point of Entry water filtration system.  Since seed funds were invested in early 2019 the business has experienced phenomenal growth (X12) as it has grown from WA to now commencing its expansion into the Eastern States via Brisbane and Sydney.  Complete Home Filtration specialises in whole of home water filtration systems that deliver freshly filtered water to every tap in the home. This upstream solution for household water ensures customers experience the luxury of showering, bathing and drinking high quality premium water which is better for both health and home.  “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Andrew Sypkes of the Sypkes Group as an investor and to see the team at BetterLabs invest again after a successful seed round. It has been a pleasure having the expertise and advice of both Derek Gerrard and James Edwards at BetterLabs over the last 18 months"  "These funds will really help us to accelerate our growth, in terms of new technologies and new markets and increase our manufacturing capabilities right here in Australia. We are super excited to be able to help more everyday Australians take control of their water and experience the best water quality possible from every tap in their homes”  Suzanne Dodds: Complete Home Filtration Managing Director  Suzanne Dodds has over 13 years experience in water filtration and has been internationally recognised as a thought leader in the water filtration space, winning a “First Among Equals’ and a Tech 20[+] award from Women in Technology in 2019 for her development of Attapure – the PFAS removing point of entry system.  This product has also been supported by Government and the Defence Force through grant funding via Accelerating Commercialisation and The Defence Science Centre. With over 90 PFAS contamination sites across Australia and over 700 in the US the market for this product is enormous.  “With a rapidly growing team across the country we are looking forward to delivering exceptional products and customer service to our customers nationally and to providing jobs and opportunities to our staff”. Mrs Dodds said.  Find out more about the business at www.completehomefiltration.com.au EMM Announces the appointment of David Snashall 2020-11-12T01:47:15Z emm-announces-the-appointment-of-david-snashall Leading Australian, multi-disciplinary planning and environmental consultancy EMM Consulting has recently welcomed the senior appointment of David Snashall to further strengthen and support the company’s Executive and Environment, Community, Approvals and Delivery teams.   Formerly a senior leader with global firm Environmental Resources Management (ERM), David has held various roles over his 32 year tenure including Business Unit Managing Partner for ANZ, Global Practice Leader for the Impact Assessment and Planning Practice, and Asia Pacific Regional Commercial Director.  Throughout his time with ERM David was responsible for leading local and international projects across a diverse range of sectors for clients including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell, Chevron, Boral, BP, Unilever, Sydney Water, as well as Federal, State and Local Government agencies. David also cites career highlights which include his appointment as Liaison Delegate at the global, CEO-led World Business Council for Sustainable Development over a six-year period.  Through this role, David was the Co-Chair of the Basic Needs and Human Rights Working Group, participated in the Climate and Energy Cluster Leadership Team attending COP21 in Paris, and was an active member of the Assurance group as part of the Redefining Value project. In his role at EMM, David will provide extensive support and experience in the areas of strategy development, business development, major project delivery and leadership to the team.    CEO Luke Stewart commented: “David is a quality person and professional. He has a great depth of experience that will absolutely add value to our client’s projects and the EMM business. His thought leadership in environmental, social and economic impact assessments, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning, will be invaluable in strengthening our national delivery team”.  Reflecting on his appointment, David commented: “I am very excited to join Luke and many other former colleagues at EMM and am looking forward to contributing my experience to support the continued growth of such a dynamic national environmental planning practice.    This senior appointment is in line with the company’s execution of its strategy to strengthen and diversify environmental planning expertise in the mining, infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. Polish Club awards 100kW Solar Contract to Unified Energy 2020-11-11T05:01:20Z polish-club-awards-100kw-solar-contract-to-unified-energy Sydney’s Polish Club, located at 11 East Terrace in Bankstown, have announced it has awarded their solar contract to build a 100 kilowatt (“kW”) solar PV system to Unified Energy. Unified Energy is a known leader in the commercial solar industry that has provided small and large scale systems to clients including IKEA, Coles, and SWINBURNE University. Unified Energy were approached by the Polish Club to provide a renewable energy solution, with the objective of tackling their rising energy costs, and to align to the club’s initiative of becoming powered by 100% renewable energy. As demonstrated through a business case prepared by Unified Energy’s National Sales Manager, Tremaine Fernandez, the 100kW Solar PV system will generate an estimated 131.8MWh per year, with annual savings of $64,957 and offsetting their carbon footprint of 29.91 tonnes of Co2 annually.   The new system is consisting of 242 Industry-leading SunPower P3 410W High-Performance Panels and 3 SMA Sunny Tripower 3 Phase Inverters.   “With continually rising energy prices, low rate business loans, Government rebates, the instant tax write-off, and a local Ausgrid Power2U grant, you don’t think twice at an offer like this, you say yes. The repayments alone with the Commonwealth Bank are lower by almost half our current energy costs.” said the club’s project consultant, Michael Lubieniecki. COST OUTLAY The project investment would cost the club approximately $114,000. Taking into account the Government’s STCs (small-scale energy certificates) and AusGrid’s local Power2U Grant of $25,000, this has benefited the club positively with an end investment of $65,987. A saving of $47,983. The Return on Investment has been calculated at approximately 3-4 years. The Polish Club utilises on average 105kW per day or 36,480.80kW annually, and they intend to export all non-required energy back to their retailer for credit, and as a cash refund to offset their financing option. PROJECT BUILD The Solar PV System is scheduled to commence installation in early December and will consist of 242 Industry leading SunPower P3 410W High Performance Panels and 3 SMA Sunny Tripower 3 Phase Inverters. The SunPower panels feature a 25 Year warranty and are rated to output a minimum of 85.5% after 25 years with minimal degradation. How WWF-New Zealand x Arise Collective are helping keep our oceans clean: 2020-11-04T21:08:31Z how-wwf-new-zealand-x-arise-collective-are-helping-keep-our-oceans-clean WWF-New Zealand  is joining  forces with Arise Collective to help clean up our oceans through fashion! Together, they’re introducing Aotearoa to these stylish, sustainable sunglasses upcycled from a dangerous commercial set net (gill net) from the Northern Great Barrier Reef.   Their collaboration aims to help keep marine life safe and our oceans clean. Each year an estimated 98,228 marine animals, including dolphins, dugongs and turtles, are caught in these deadly commercial set (gill) nets on Queensland’s east coast. So in 2018, WWF-Australia supporters bought and removed the last full-time commercial gill net from the northern Great Barrier Reef. The net was cut, melted, and moulded into these one-of-a-kind sunglasses called ReefCycle. Originally launched in Australia, the sunnies are now available for purchase in New Zealand with 50 percent of all proceeds going back to WWF for its essential conservation work. Every pair purchased helps to remove even more plastic from our oceans thanks to the expansion into New Zealand. “Arise Collective, as a brand, stands for helping to build a better world and we really believe that this initiative is helping to do so by making our oceans cleaner one pair of sunglasses at a time”, says Julia Ritchie, Arise Collective brand manager. The grim statistics show 8 million tonnes of plastic, including harmful fishing nets, end up in our oceans every year. The collaboration between WWF and Arise has directly helped make a dent in this terrible reality by not only removing the net, but upcycling it into something useful. With 50% of the proceeds going back into further conservation work through WWF-New Zealand, your purchase also helps support their work from sea to sky to ensure Kiwis are living in harmony with nature.  “WWF-New Zealand is thrilled to partner with Arise to bring ReefCycle sunnies to Aotearoa. We are passionate about using innovative solutions to solve  our environment’s greatest problems. Not only are we protecting our ocean wildlife and minimising waste, but we are able to upcycle them into a fashionable, fun project that helps fund our vital work now, and into the future,” says Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO.  ReefCycle sunglasses come in three different lens colours (brown, grey and green) and can be polarised or non-polarised. They cost $99 for regular, $149 for polarised, and a prescription option is also available. Remember- the more sunglasses sold, the more plastic we can remove from our oceans. Purchase your pair here now. Available exclusively at SmartBuyGlasses.co.nz  Matting solution that sped up Mt. Isa rail repair is finalist for Australia’s key mining award 2020-11-03T23:52:41Z matting-solution-that-sped-up-mt-isa-rail-repair-is-finalist-for-australia-s-key-mining-award-1 An innovative matting system that helped slash the repair time needed for the key Mount Isa rail line devastated by cyclone last year has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the 2020 Australia Mining Prospects Awards.   JWA Oilfield Supplies’ Dura-base Composite Matting system, which was used to create temporary access roads for urgent rail remediation following a crippling flood in Queensland early last year, was one of four finalists shortlisted in the Innovative Mining Solution category.   Companies shortlisted in other award categories this year include BHP Billiton Group, New Hope Group and Yancoal Australia Ltd.   Click here for a video footage of how Dura-base mats accelerated repair works at Mt. Isa.   Mount Isa rail line in Queensland state is one of Australia’s minerals export lifelines, connecting miners in the north-west minerals province to Townsville Port, the country’s top zinc, copper, lead and fertiliser export terminal.    The rail line suffered severe damage after cyclone Oma hit the region in February 2019; wrecking over 200 sites across a third of the 1,000 km route. Repair works also included the retrieval of a mineral wagon which was washed away in the flood.   Operator Queensland Rail, based on the previous repair timeline of flood-related derailments using conventional methods, initially estimated that repairs would take six months, a lengthy supply disruption that would have dealt an immense blow to key exporters such as Glencore and Incitec Pivot.   But the use of Dura-base composite mats as a solution to create temporary roads through the flooded area meant that the recovery crew no longer needed to waste precious time waiting for the ground to dry before starting work.   The Dura-base unique application, along with the government’s fast-track directive, allowed Mt Isa rail line to re-open in just 11 weeks, shaving off at least 13 weeks, or 3 months, from the earlier estimated timeline. With estimates that the economic fallout of Mt. Isa rail shut in stood at some A$10 million per week, the use of Dura-base matting solution to accelerate the repair translated to an estimated savings of A$130 million.   Conventional methods, such as building a bypass track using crushed rocks or gravels, would have taken a far longer time as it needed dry land and could not be re-used. Given the scale of the flood at Julia Creek, the use of rocks was also unfeasible at extremely mushy grounds as it would not be able to support the weight of heavy equipment.   Dura-base matting used to create access road and launchpad for recovery of derailed wagon   Benefits of Dura-base composite matting sytem include: Dura-base was used to create 3.9 linear km of access roads to support repair operations and a further 1.9 linear km for carriage recovery for the 2019 remediation work.   Rail service crews did not need to wait for the site to dry before accessing affected areas.   Minimises risk of downtime from bogged equipment on soft grounds.   Mats can easily be reused across multiple sites while conventional roads cannot be moved   Eliminates the need for single-use material such as crush rock and gravel   Easily cleaned and reusable over multiple locations, no costly treatment and disposal needed.   Minimal topsoil disturbance as mats act as a protect barrier from machines on environmentally sensitive sites Dura-base mats used on on flooded areas to create access roads for vehicles and machinery “For the mining industry, each day of lost production or exports can amount to millions in lost income. That is why JWA is dedicated to providing solutions that will help solve transport disruptions quickly,” said Hensley Wee, General Manager at JWA Oilfield Supplies.   A similar flood damage to the Mt Isa rail line from Torrens Creek to Prairie early this year also prompted Queensland Rail to use the Dura-base matting system again.    The rapid deployment of weatherproof access gave the fleet of excavators, bulldozers, compactors and trucks an early start for repair works and allowed the rail line to reopen a week ahead of schedule on 10 Feb 2020.   Recognising the importance of the Mount Isa line to the state’s economy, the Queensland government has committed $380 million over the next five years to maintain and upgrade the line. ............................................................... About JWA Oilfield Supplies  JWA is an Australian company committed to providing innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to the resources and industrial sectors. Our company has supported major energy and infrastructure projects across the country, including the construction of LNG projects, road and rail programs and renewable developments.