The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-31T08:22:59Z New Initiative to Tackle the Growing Problem of Commercial Furniture Waste 2021-03-31T08:22:59Z new-initiative-to-tackle-the-growing-problem-of-commercial-furniture-waste On 15 March 2021, in collaboration with Edge Environment and the Global Product Stewardship Council, GECA was awarded a grant by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to tackle the issue of commercial office furniture going to landfill. The group will use the funding to design a product stewardship scheme that will help reduce the estimated 30,000 tonnes of furniture – much of it in perfectly good condition – that ends up in Australia's waste stream each year.  Announcing the funding, Minister Trevor Evans said, “The Australian Government have recently provided more than $370,000 to Edge Environment and its partners to develop, in consultation with industry, a commercial furniture product stewardship scheme. When it comes to commercial furniture, we’re talking about a large amount of both textile and plastic waste across the lifecycle of these products from storage and delivery through to the actual components in the furniture. We’re excited to get behind this new scheme which focuses on waste streams that are priorities for our government.” According to Paula Clasby, Head of Engagement & Marketing at GECA, "All of GECA's robust ecolabelling standards include product stewardship criteria, emphasising the value of decreasing contribution to landfill and increasing the reuse and recycling rate of the product at the end of its life. However, there have been many challenges when implementing best practice product stewardship here in Australia. Along with our licensees, we are thrilled at the opportunity this grant will bring to support a successful product stewardship scheme for commercial office furniture, working with all entities involved to create real impact. We're proud to be part of this collaboration and solution to induce change." Commenting on the award, Edge CEO, Jonas Bengtsson, said "We've worked on the issue of fitout waste for many years, and despite great leaps forward in diverting materials such as carpet, glass and plasterboard, furniture has remained a stubbornly hard nut to crack. With this funding, we have the opportunity to create a solution that, with the support of property companies, contractors, and furniture companies alike, with the potential to improve environmental outcomes, drive economic benefits and create hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs." John Polhill, Vice President of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Principal of Circular-e solutions commented, "Responsible commercial furniture disposal is something that government and industry has been looking to achieve for a number of years now, but in essence has been limited and fragmented. Product stewardship provides a framework to identify and address market failures and a structure whereby organisations can work collaboratively and efficiently to design a common and targeted stewardship scheme that improves the reuse and recycling of furniture from commercial properties in Australia." The project is due to kick off in April and will run until 2023.    --ENDS –  About the partners: GECA At GECA, we are a purpose-driven not-for-profit that stands for integrity, independence, and impact. Our mission is to create solutions for sustainable consumption and production. To achieve this, we offer a suite of services designed for anyone committed to continuous improvement in their sustainability, including Australia's only not-for-profit multi-sector ecolabelling program. Following ISO 14024 principles and ISEAL frameworks for global best practice in lifecycle-based ecolabelling, we've developed our rigorous voluntary standards, which are then independently assessed by our Assurance Providers. Our robust standards are relevant to critical Australian industries, and GECA is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). GECA is widely respected and recognised in Australia and globally by green building schemes, including Green Star, WELL, ISCA, NABERS, as well as many procurement channels in government, education, hospitality, business, and consumer. For more information, see https://geca.eco/. Edge Environment Established in 2008, Edge is a specialist sustainability advisory company focussed on Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Our teams are based in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. We exist to help our clients create value from tackling one of the world's most fundamental challenges: creating truly sustainable economies and societies. We do this by combining science, strategy and storytelling in a way that gives our clients the confidence to take ambitious action and do well by doing good. For more information, see https://edgeenvironment.com/.  Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) GlobalPSC is an independent, not-for-profit forum for product stewardship. Its membership spans ten countries and includes producers, product recovery organisations, NGOs and governments. For the last ten years, GlobalPSC has been researching, assessing and disseminating all stages in the development of schemes. For more information, see https://www.globalpsc.net/.  ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course - Ecotherapy 2021-03-22T23:54:15Z acs-distance-education-releases-a-new-course-ecotherapy Media Release                         22 March 2021  ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course - Ecotherapy ACS Distance Education has recently released a new 20-hour short course- Ecotherapy. This course helps you to understand how interacting with nature can benefit human health and wellbeing; and gives you a wide range of different types of ecotherapeutic activities you can draw upon in order to respond to a person’s therapeutic needs. You will develop a fundamental understanding of ecotherapy and forge a foundation to continue developing your knowledge and understanding of the subject post study. Experiences with nature can be through any of the sensory modalities – sight, touch, sound, smell, or taste. The experiences could also be through our sixth sense of ‘proprioception’ i.e. awareness of our body being in a natural environment. There is no single definition of ecotherapy, but it tends to refer to activities that include: • Support the individual or group by a therapist • Doing something in a green environment • Exploration and appreciation of nature and the natural world around us • Spending time with others and interacting with them at your own pace and in your own way What's inside this course? Lesson 1.  Nature & Scope of Ecotherapy Lesson 2.  Theoretical Perspectives Lesson 3.  Clients in Ecotherapy Lesson 4.  Outdoor Ecotherapy with Plants Lesson 5.   Outdoor Ecotherapy with Animals Lesson 6.  Indoor Ecotherapy Activities Lesson 7.   Creative Arts Ecotherapy Activities Lesson 8.  Complimentary Therapies and Activities How do our 20-hour courses work? You can enrol and start the course at any time. Study when and where you like. You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop. There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end of each lesson. You can then download your certificate upon successful completion of the course. For more information on this course, please visit our website: https://www.acsbookshop.com/product-ecotherapy-short-course-7081.aspx     If you have any queries or would like to arrange an interview or a review copy of this eBook, please call or email the ACS head office on the Gold Coast on (07) 5562 1088 and ask for our Media and Marketing Officers (admin@acs.edu.au). About ACS Distance Education … Established in 1979, ACS Distance Education is a leading Australian Distance Education provider and eBook publisher offering over 600 courses via correspondence, online or on USB and over 100 eBook titles. The Institution has many global affiliates who licence ACS content. Calix EU partner a winner in 1M euro energy challenge 2021-03-18T23:35:18Z calix-eu-partner-a-winner-in-1m-euro-energy-challenge Calix Limited (ASX:CXL), is pleased to see that its partner in developing a novel renewable energy storage system, SaltX (Nasdaq First North: SALT B), has won the Helsinki Energy Challenge for its novel renewable energy storage technology.To find the best modern solutions for heating Helsinki in the future, significantly contribute to the cessation of coal use by 2029 and become carbon neutral by 2035, the City of Helsinki created the Helsinki Energy Challenge, a global competition with a prize of one million euros. Swedish-based SaltX Technology is developing a patented energy storage solution based on a specially prepared salt. Calix recently announced its partnership with SaltX for Calix to design and construct a pilot scale 200kW electric-powered direct separation reactor (eDS) in Sweden, to be used as part of this process for storing and despatching renewable energy.Phil Hodgson, CEO of Calix, said, “We congratulate SaltX on winning the Helsinki Energy Challenge, which is testament to the potential we see in the SaltX technology, and we are proud to be partnering with SaltX in this development”.SaltX also is partnering with Rebase Energy, which provides digital tools for the optimisation of distributed energy storage systems. The entry, titled ‘Smart Salt City’, offers a functional and sustainable system that is well suited to cities that have set the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality but have high energy consumption and need a reliable energy supply for their residents and businesses. The solution melds the beauty of novel energy storage and artificial intelligence with commercially available energy technologies, and provides an opportunity for cities to use renewable energy sources in a safe and economical way, without having to plan for new and expensive infrastructure for hydrogen and avoid potential investments in new nuclear power to secure energy capacity.Together with three other winning entries, SaltX and Rebase Energy will share EUR 1 million. The money will go towards continued development and future investments of both companies' technologies. Discussions with the City of Helsinki will also begin concerning the development and implementation of the technology.252 Entrants from more 35 countries submitted outline proposals in the first stage of the year-long Helsinki Energy Challenge. Ten finalists in the challenge were notified on 6 November 2020, receiving €10,000 each to continue elaborating their solution in greater detail in partnership with the City of Helsinki.Carl-Johan Linér, CEO of SaltX Technology, said this is an important milestone for SaltX. “It confirms that our energy storage solution can play a central role in future fossil-free cities. In the work of finalising the entry we have added even more competence to our team which we will use in our commercialisation going forward. I acknowledge and thank the City of Helsinki for being bold and showing the way for other cities.”Read more about the SaltX entry here:https://saltxtechnology.com/helsinki/Read more about the challenge here:https://energychallenge.hel.fi/endsAbout the Helsinki Energy ChallengeTo find the best solutions for heating Helsinki, capital of Finland, in the future, the city of Helsinki has created the Helsinki Energy Challenge - a global competition with a prize of one million euros that will answer the question. The requirement is that the proposed solution will significantly contribute to the cessation of coal use in 2029 and accelerate the City of Helsinki's journey to becoming carbon neutral in 2035. For more information, visit: https://energychallenge.hel.fi/About Calix:Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges. The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater and carbon reduction. Calix develops its technology via a global network of research and development collaborations, including governments, research institutes and universities, some of the world's largest companies, and a growing customer base and distributor network for its commercialised products and processes.Because there's only one Earth - Mars is for quitters. www.calix.globalFurther enquiries:Phil Hodgson, Managing Director, Calix Limited, 9-11 Bridge Road, Pymble NSW 2073 Tel: 02 8199 7400 orWendy McWilliams, WMC PR. Tel: 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auAbout SaltX TechnologySaltX Technology is a Swedish renewable tech company that has set out to solve the problems of renewable energy supply, demand, and timing, using patented energy storage solutions based on nanocoated salt. SaltX's goal is to develop and offer sustainable technology solutions that benefit customers, climate, and society. SaltX Technology's share is listed on the Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market. FNCA Sweden AB, + 468-528 00 399, info@fnca.se, is SaltX Technology's certified advisor. For more information visit: www.saltxtechnology.comAbout Rebase EnergyRebase Energy provides data and digital tools for optimisation of distributed energy resources. The Rebase Datahub providers access to high quality datasets for energy optimisation such as weather, market, and asset data. The Rebase Toolkit is an open-source developer tool to forecast, optimise and simulate smart agents for energy systems. Using the Rebase data and tools energy companies can reduce forecasts uncertainty by 20% and thereby improve the balance of supply and demand. For more information visit: www.rebase.energy Conserve It extends Smart IoT building offering with Totem Trusted™ OT (Operational Technology) Cybersecurity Risk Management SaaS services. 2021-03-16T05:59:05Z conserve-it-extends-smart-iot-building-offering-with-totem-trusted-ot-operational-technology-cybersecurity-risk-management-saas-services Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 February 2021 – Conserve It (https://www.conserveitiot.com), is excited to announce that it has signed an exclusive Distribution partnership with Totem Building Cybersecurity LLC (Totem), Virginia, USA (https://www.totembuildings.com). Totem is an OT systems risk management SaaS platform creator of products and services, enabling full cybersecurity assessment, remediation, operation continuity, network security, user administration and compliance monitoring for any OT system installed in global Commercial Real Estate (CRE) property portfolios. Today millions of non-residential buildings globally, contain intelligent and smart IoT OT systems including, HVAC, Lighting, Access, CCTV, Security, Fire and Safety, Vertical Transportation etc. Increasingly these OT systems and their down stream devices are accessible with remote “cloud” based applications enabling the leveraging of analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to more efficiently and effectively manage the built space for the buildings’ occupiers and owners. This represents over 10,000,000 OT systems presenting a very large cyber attack surface for bad actors. This is why there has been a rapid rise in instances of OT system cyber-attacks globally, each instance costing from 10’s of thousands to millions of USD to recover from. Totem’s products and managed services seamlessly bridge the gap between the fragmented OT systems industry and the building’s managers, users and owners Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISO). Now OT Systems vendors, contractors and managers can operate and maintain their systems in a cyber-safe Totem TrustedTM manner that conforms to internationally recognised standards such as the NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework delivering meaningful risk status ratings recognised and respected by CIOs and CISOs around the world. With Totem’s cybersecurity risk management services Conserve It will be able to empower its regional channel partners to expand their business in offering Totem Trusted managed services to both existing and new end clients. Conserve It is able to provide all the necessary local Totem training and support. “We are excited by this partnership bringing such a powerful combination to market. Conserve It’s knowledge and understanding of IoT and smart building control systems, combined with Totem’s “Trusted” approach to critical risk management in the non-residential built environment, will allow us to offer our customers a highly sought after internationally recognised cybersecurity solution,” said Chirayu Shah, Conserve It General Manager. “Partnering with Conserve It further builds upon our global route to market strategy working with the best in each global region,” said Steve Fey, Totem Building Cybersecurity CEO. “It enables more Totem TrustedTM OT systems and buildings to be delivered across an important and dynamic region of the world.” About Conserve It Conserve It is an international leader in Smart IoT Solutions, building automation and HVAC solutions, having designed the award-winning plant room optimisation solution PlantPRO and is a founding member of Project Haystack. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, the Conserve It team has a wealth of knowledge and vast experience in control and optimisation solutions that ensure central plant equipment runs efficiently, minimises energy consumption and maximises cost saving opportunities. For more information, please visit https://www.conserveitiot.com. About Totem Building Cybersecurity Totem Building Cybersecurity Operational Technology (OT) risk management SaaS platform bridges the technical and cultural gap with Information Technology (IT). It is focused on the particular challenges of the global Commercial Real Estate (CRE) industry empowering OT system vendors, operators, maintenance and facility management to deliver Totem Trusted solutions and buildings. Its Totem solution and services are based upon knowledge and experienced gained, from more than 1,000 building cybersecurity risk assessment projects completed, globally, by its founders. For more information, please visit https://www.totembuildings.com. More information about Conserve It is available at https://www.conserveitiot.com. Contact:Chirayu Shah General Manager, Conserve It Info@conserveitiot.com Geotab and JESI join forces to help organisations manage the safe movement of mobile and remote workers 2021-03-10T02:34:01Z geotab-and-jesi-join-forces-to-help-organisations-manage-the-safe-movement-of-mobile-and-remote-workers Now available on the Geotab Marketplace, the JESI solution helps mitigate risk for workers by automating emergency alerts and enabling real-time responses to critical eventsAPAC 9th March 2021 - Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation and JESI, an Australian-based Global Remote Worker Management company, today announced the availability of JESI’s safety solution on the Geotab Marketplace. JESI seamlessly integrates with Geotab’s award-winning telematics solution, enabling organisations to better control risks associated with remote workers operating across multiple geographic locations and diverse work environments. Available globally, Geotab and JESI collectively deliver a scalable safety solution to help organisations with workers operating in potentially high-risk scenarios to reduce risk by automating emergency alerts and enabling real-time responses to critical events. “As a company dedicated to improving fleet safety, enabling business and fleet leaders to mitigate risk is critical, especially for those working in remote environments. By collaborating with innovative partners like JESI, we are able to help these organisations keep their employees safe through increased visibility and check-in alerts,” said Louis De Jong, Executive Vice President at Geotab. “Geotab is excited to expand our Marketplace offering to include an Australian-based company who truly understands the crucial importance of improving safety for workers in high-risk circumstances or remote locations.” Both compelling and powerful, Geotab and JESI provide organisations with a centralised dashboard to help manage people and vehicle assets together, irrespective of where they are located. More importantly, in the event of an incident or emergency, organisations have access to pertinent information with one click. “Geotab and JESI have worked together over the past 12 months to develop a solution that gives organisations a significant competitive advantage,” said Joe Hoolahan, CEO at JESI. “By offering the JESI solution on the Geotab Marketplace, we are equipping organisations around the world with the potential to help reduce employee injury or death while also saving company time, money and resources.”To learn more about JESI, visit: https://marketplace.geotab.com/solutions/jesi/ or email customersolutions@jesims.com.au About JESI Management SolutionsJESI is a Remote Worker Management SaaS product that enables organisations to control the risks associated with a diverse workforce who operate across multiple geographic locations. JESI, Australian based is established as a leading international software solution for remote workers across a wide range of industry sectors including resources, construction, education and health. To learn more, visit www.jesi.ioAbout GeotabGeotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab’s products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers. To learn more, please visit www.geotab.com and follow us @GEOTAB and on LinkedIn. The Great Barrier Reef - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 2021-03-04T02:26:39Z the-great-barrier-reef-climate-change-mitigation-and-adaptation Brisbane, QLD 4 March 2021. The Great Barrier Reef is under increasing threat from climate change, renowned for its ecological significance and the beauty of its seascapes and landscapes, its ecological integrity is in danger despite considerable management effort. These natural assets provide important ecosystem services to business operators and the wider community in Queensland. In 2019, the Queensland Government commissioned EarthCheck, the industry leading environmental certification and benchmarking program, to assist the Great Barrier Reef islands to transition to a low or zero carbon future and to become more resilient. “Climate change, extreme weather events and a steady growth in visitation is putting increased pressure on the Great Barrier Reef islands,” said Melinda Watt, the Project Leader for EarthCheck. As Chief Scientist with EarthCheck, Melinda has been involved in the evolution and application of EarthCheck's international benchmarking indicators and standards for over twenty years. The aim of the project was to assist the Great Barrier Reef islands to benefit from new technologies and innovative practices to not only reduce greenhouse emissions, but provide additional benefits through energy, water, and waste management, as well as to improve overall self-sufficiency for the islands. EarthCheck worked with a project team made up of ARUP, Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Regional Economic Solutions. The team worked closely with the local communities of Magnetic, Masig and Palm Islands to deliver a sustainability and risk assessment and prepare an options analysis of environmental and sustainability solutions together with decarbonisation business cases for each of the islands. The decarbonisation cases have been designed to help the islands quantify the economic and environmental opportunities to invest in climate action, evaluate implementation risks and support applications for funding for applicable grants. The initial phase of the decarbonisation project involved onsite visits to engage with local communities, understand the issues and local impact. These visits identified sustainability-oriented and climate resilient project options that were developed up to business cases. Queensland Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon said that “While decarbonising islands alone won’t stop climate change threatening the Great Barrier Reef, EarthCheck’s community-led decarbonisation business cases will help to provide insight and identify future opportunities to drive a low carbon future and increase resilience of the island communities.” State Side Remediation is providing Flood Damage and Water Damage Restoration Services across Australia 2021-03-03T23:49:58Z state-side-remediation-is-providing-flood-damage-and-water-damage-restoration-services-across-australia State Side Remediation formed 10 years ago as a humble husband and wife team and have now grown to be Australia’s number one Water Damage Remediation, Flood Damage Remediation, Mould Removal, Mould Damage Restoration, Forensic Cleaning and Meth Decontamination company in Australia. Offering a vast range of services, they are your first call when it comes to decontamination or remediation of any kind. Their water damage remediation & flood damage remediation professionals are industry experts and are highly qualified, ensuring best practices are strictly adhered to. Mould removal and mould damage restoration are now also available, as well as forensic cleaning Australia and biohazard cleaning Australia. They also offer a range of high quality dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to promote healthy living environments.  State Side Remediation can provide you an estimate for mould clean up services after a mould assessment and protocol have been set by an environmental company. A protocol is an outline of how the remediation needs to be handled. You can read more about their services by visiting the links below: Water Damage Restoration Flood Damage Restoration Forensic Cleaning For Contact and Quires: Website: www.statesideremediation.com.au Email: info@statesideremediation.com.au Phone Number: 1300 581 235 Conservation Volunteers Australia is a Banksia Sustainability Award Finalist 2021-03-02T06:53:22Z conservation-volunteers-australia-is-a-banksia-sustainability-award-finalist The Banksia Foundation has announced the list of Finalists for the sustainability awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates sustainable development by businesses, communities, individuals and governments. “After what has been an extremely challenging year, we are keen to celebrate those who are striving to make positive change. In spite of COVID-19, change-makers across Australia are innovating and collaborating to do their bit to improve life on the planet.” – Graz van Egmond, Banksia Foundation CEO CVA is nominated in the Nonprofit category, alongside other excellent projects from Beyond Zero Emissions, OzHarvest,  and Planet Ark. It’s definitely going to be a hard decision for the judges in March to choose a winner at this year’s virtual Award Night. Read the announcement and see all the Finalists across all categories here. A novel feature of this year’s awards day is that Banksia Foundation are making it possible for people to join an online session which aims to get behind the scenes with the Finalists to answer questions and find out about our secret sauce for success. Find out more about this session on ‘Sustainability Success Stories towards UN SDG Targets’ (held on 23 March) as well as opportunities to join in for the Banksia Sustainability Awards Night on March 24th. We were delighted to be nominated for our #KoalaHelp project, which is taking a people-powered approach to protecting and restoring habitat in New South Wales and Queensland, in partnership with NRMA Insurance. “With our partners at Conservation Volunteers we have been able to create homes for our native species and help restore koala habitat by planting over 60,000 trees to date. The journey has just begun, and is a long road ahead but we are pleased with this tremendous progress and the ability to engage our NRMA customers along the way.” – Katherine White, Partnerships, NRMA Insurance & IAG “We’re so grateful to be recognised for our work to protect and restore homes for Koalas by becoming Banksia Awards Finalists this year. This project was made possible by our friends at NRMA Insurance, and we can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2021 and beyond, creating shared value through our partnership which supports our Wild Futures campaign.” – Geraldine Rep, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Conservation Volunteers Australia All of the team at CVA will be looking forward to what happens at the Banksia Awards Night in March, and we’re cheering on all the other finalists across all the categories. Together we’re delighted to be part of the movement which is advancing Australia’s efforts towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over this vital upcoming UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Banksia Award Night Tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/32nd-banksia-sustainability-awards-tickets-139321633757 --- ENDS --- Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is a national organisation working with communities to rebalance nature for a stronger, more resilient future. We combine evidence-based practices and people power to make real and lasting change at scale. Founded in 1982, CVA is a leader in delivering practical initiatives, community involvement and training programs with volunteer opportunities offered all year round, to encourage anyone across Australia to take action for nature.  Through our work, we’re building a more harmonious and helpful relationship between people and nature and we’ve been recognised with many significant awards, including the United Nations’ Environment Program Global 500, 6 Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards, Coastal Award for Excellence, UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations & Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships.  For more information, visit conservationvolunteers.com.au  Media Enquiries  Can be directed to Sam Rye, Communications Manager,  comms@cva.org.au  More info about media enquiries and available stock imagery: https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/news-media/media-enquiries/  Admin Office: 728 Barkly Street, BALLARAT VIC 3350 EMM achieves a hat trick of international accreditations 2021-03-02T00:38:33Z emm-achieves-a-hat-trick-of-international-accreditations EMM Consulting is pleased to announce our recent attainment of international certifications ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems). Having previously operated under the guidance of these standards, EMM’s Integrated Management System (IMS) now incorporates all of the company’s systems and processes into one complete framework.  This structured approach allows for the identification of risks and integrating control measures into all business activities. ISO 9001:2015 is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong client focus, the process approach, and a commitment to continual improvement.  Underpinning this framework is EMM’s objective to be highly respected professional advisors with the company being distinguished by the consistent quality of its work, its integrity and its commitment to clients.    ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system with a focus on safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving OH&S performance.  At EMM, there is nothing more important than our team’s mental and physical health, safety and welfare, and accordingly, this continues to be a driving focus and an integral part of our culture. ISO 14001:2015 is the internationally-recognised standard for the environmental management of businesses, prescribing controls on activities which affect the environment. The framework enables EMM to achieve the intended outcomes of our environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the company, our clients and the broader community. Commenting upon the achievement, CEO Luke Stewart noted: “We are excited by the attainment of our Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety certification which consolidates and rewards the approach that has made EMM successful for the past 11 years. Our commitment to remaining compliant with industry standards and best practices provides our clients confidence in our business and the way in which we operate”. EMM was awarded third-party accreditation through QMS Certification Systems, one of Australia’s leading providers of assessment and certification. Osmoflo achieves Third Party Certification to the international Asset Management Standard ISO 55001:2014 2021-02-26T05:51:27Z osmoflo-achieves-third-party-certification-to-the-international-asset-management-standard-iso-55001-2014 Osmoflo is very pleased to advise that it has achieved third party certification of its asset management system to the international asset management standard, ISO 55001:2014. This latest certification adds to Osmoflo’s existing certifications from SAI Global for its integrated management systems covering Occupational Health and Safety (ISO 45001:2018) and AS/NZS (4801:2001), Quality (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental (ISO 14001:2015). The certification to ISO 55001 has been many years in the planning and demonstrates the strength and maturity of Osmoflo’s asset management systems and culture. The ISO 55001 standard identifies the extensive compliance requirements for the life-cycle management of assets and requires demonstration of asset management as a core competency of the entire business - one that is fully integrated at all three levels of corporate activity including at the operational level, the tactical/ planning level, and at that the strategic /executive leadership level. Michael White, Acting External Plant Team Leader from Energy Australia, one of Osmoflo’s key customers, commented, “We have had a really positive experience working with Osmoflo for the last 14 years. I believe Osmoflo’s recent certification to ISO 55001:2014 recognises their asset management knowledge, and ability to apply asset management systems to improve long term asset performance, which is extremely important to me as an operator of critical infrastructure. Continuous improvement in the management of our reverse osmosis plants performance and life cycle costs by Osmoflo, allows us to focus on our main priority – providing a consistent and reliable power supply.” Nick Sterenberg, Operations Manager, Coopers Brewery at Regency Park, stated “Osmoflo has owned and operated its desalination plant that has provided a consistent, high quality and reliable water supply to Coopers Brewery for over 20 years. Osmoflo’s maintenance and asset management practices have played an important role in ensuring a very high level of plant availability and product water quality and this in turn has allowed Coopers to supply its beer, malt, and homebrew products nationally and globally with no interruption over that entire period. Coopers congratulates Osmoflo on its certification to ISO 55001 - this provides us with yet further reassurance that Osmoflo will continue to provide best-practice asset management services in the years to come.” Osmoflo’s Chief Operating Officer, Carmine Ciccocioppo, commented that, "We are extremely proud to have achieved this very significant milestone for our business - one that very few service providers in the global water treatment and desalination industry have managed to accomplish. It is a testament to the strong focus that Osmoflo has had for almost three decades on striving for industry-leading asset management performance. We believe this new certification to the ISO 55001 standard is one that gives Osmoflo’s clients and key stakeholders yet further demonstration and peace-of-mind that their assets are being managed with systems that have been independently verified as best-practice. And coupled with our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, it also means that they will continue to receive industry-leading value for money under Osmoflo’s oversight."   Osmoflo is an Australian-headquartered designer, builder and operator of advanced water filtration and desalination systems, with regional offices in the Middle East (Dubai) and India (Pune). It provides reliable, high quality and innovative water solutions specialising in membrane separation technologies including micro and ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, elctro-deionistaion (EDI), and membrane bioreactors, as well as its patented brine-minimisation technology, Osmoflo Brine Squeezer. For more information on Osmoflo and any additional information on its ISO 55001 certified Asset Management capabilities please visit www.osmoflo.com Costa Group water project awarded to Osmoflo 2021-02-23T05:25:37Z costa-group-water-project-awarded-to-osmoflo Osmoflo has been awarded the contract for the delivery of a permanent Ultra-Filtration water treatment plant for Costa Group, in Guyra NSW.  Costa Group supply premium glasshouse tomatoes from this site on the New England tablelands, near Armidale in NSW, in the snacking, specialty, cocktail and large truss segments, via all major and independent supermarkets and green grocers. Guyra glasshouses have 302,400 square metres (30.22ha) of growing area (approximately 12 AFL football fields) and at peak production hold more than one million plants.  Several years ago, Osmoflo supplied a brackish water reverse osmosis (RO) plant to provide better quality, lower salinity water to assist with production and to enable the facility to become more water efficient overall.  In order to protect the RO membranes from fouling, suspended solids must be removed, and a rental Ultrafiltration system was supplied, initially to demonstrate the advantages of enhanced pre-treatment. The rental water treatment plant has performed well demonstrating a significant reduction in fouling and load on the downstream RO system. Based on this, Costa Group requested a permanent solution fully capable of meeting the downstream RO feed requirements.  The new supply contract involves the delivery of a skid mounted 1,600 kLD Ultra Filtration water treatment plant complete with chemical dosing, and backwash system. This unit will replace the existing Osmoflo rental equipment on site. Osmoflo’s Chief Operating Officer, Carmine Ciccocioppo states “Osmoflo are very pleased to be assisting one of our local Aussie food growers with their climate change initiatives and environmental innovations with regards to their on-site water needs.”  Osmoflo’s remote monitoring capabilities and on-site services will also be provided to assist in ongoing optimisation and to increase reliability and availability of the water treatment plant.  “Reverse osmosis is a key way in which Costa is able to improve the sustainability of our water use and ensure we can efficiently produce tomatoes year-round.  Osmoflo has provided us with an RO solution that allows us to meet our water use objectives in both and economically and environmentally responsible way.  We look forward to continuing to work closely with them over the years ahead,” said Peter Davis, State Manager, Costa Tomato Category. https://www.osmoflo.com/en/news-desalination/Costa-Group-water-project-awarded-to-Osmoflo/?year=2020&type=0 Ag Scientists support halving of emissions by 2050 2021-02-21T20:52:38Z ag-scientists-support-halving-of-emissions-by-2050 All major political parties in Australia have wrestled with this issue but debate recently hotted up when the Prime Minister posed an in-principle move toward the 50% by 2050 target. Institute Chair, Dr Turlough Guerin, warned that “agricultural exporters from Australia could be penalised through increased trade restrictions imposed by other countries if they saw our efforts to reduce emissions as inadequate”. The arguments made by the Institute were similar to those recently promoted by the National Farmers Federation. “We simply can’t afford not to do our bit to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases as they cause decline in rainfall in the world’s major food bowls, including Australia’s”, Dr Guerin said. Dr Guerin added that the recent suggestion that agriculture be exempted from efforts to reduce emissions was hard to justify. “As soon as one group is given an exemption, other stakeholders want one too”, he said, “leading to little action by any one”. “The best way to encourage action is to set a good example oneself”, the AIA Chair said. Australian agricultural scientists have recently developed a cheap, effective feed additive for reducing emissions of methane from cattle and sheep. “All we have to do now is work out how to get a feed additive into animals that graze extensively on large areas”, Dr Guerin concluded.   Ag Institute Australia is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting. Can you imagine sharing a tap with 1000 other people? 2021-02-10T04:15:36Z can-you-imagine-sharing-a-tap-with-1000-other-people Spatap company is sending Portable Taps to Schools in the South Pacificto help alleviate the hygiene problem. The “Spatap'' is a portable tap fitting made from silicone that transforms any ordinary bottle of water into a flow controllable water saving tap.  The portable tap can then be used for handwashing with soap and water or many other hygiene and washing tasks. See Spatap in Action: https://youtu.be/xe8YlLlEmWAThe “Spatap,” fits on to many different sizes of bottles, a standard plastic 1.5 litre bottle of water can dispense upto 60 handwashes with soap when the Spatap is attached, this is perfect for students in rural schools that are lacking basic infrastructure and plumbing.  The “Spatap” inventor Stuart Mason says, “Hygiene conditions were horrific pre-COVID with many communicable diseases running rife in schools, now with the pandemic the problem has magnified.” Mason continues, “Try and imagine sharing a tap with 1000 other people, that's the reality for most of the schools we are trying to help in the South Pacific. Many communities lack something as simple as a tap and piped water, the situation is dire. We're doing what we can, but the task before us is enormous and we need help with funding, believe me, you wouldn't want to touch that 1 tap, let alone drink or wash your hands with it.”Spatap company is supplying the Spatap Portable Tap via the Rotary Club of Bribie Island Hand Hygiene For Health Project (HHFH). The project transforms classrooms and schools into hygienic places in a few hours, the hand washing system is managed by the students and teachers, empowering them to continue the practice by supplying a portable tap, a hygiene workshop and the skills needed to practise regular handwashing with minimal water.See Spatap & Hand Hygiene For Health: https://youtu.be/rkfOVkESBrY  Stuart says, “We have everything in place from manufacture to shipping and distribution through the Rotary network, but we need a serious boost in funding if we are going to help everyone that needs it.” Schools can get involved by asking the students and parents to donate a “Spatap” to a child or classroom in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea or Nauru. Also there is a corporate branding opportunity for businesses and individuals to help by donating a “Spatap”. The cost for a Spatap portable tap is only AUD$15 and you can give as many as you feel comfortable with. Currently according to the UN there are 2 Billion people in the world that don't have something as commonplace as a tap. Don't worry, be greedy 2021-02-09T00:07:12Z dont-worry-be-greedy Dear Editor, The Deputy Prime Minister has said that the government will consider excluding agriculture from future long-term climate change targets. That makes about as much sense as smoking during cancer treatment. As the government struggles to reach our modest Paris target of 26-28 percent below 2005 emissions by 2030, it’s clear that animal agriculture is a huge part of the problem. According to the International Journal of Climate Change, animal agriculture is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in Australia – 50 percent of emissions come from the livestock sector. Globally, emissions from agriculture alone would be enough to put the Paris goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down. Stopping the breeding, feeding and killing of animals is the quickest and easiest way to reduce greenhouse emissions. To exclude one of the worst climate offenders, one that causes horrendous suffering to its victims, is grossly negligent politics. Mr McCormack says he is "certainly not worried about what might happen in 30 years' time." How nice for him; our kids and grandkids certainly are. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Grasping at seaweed 2021-01-28T14:35:22Z grasping-at-seaweed Dear Editor, The dairy industry, drowning under public scrutiny of its woeful animal welfare record and environmental destructiveness, is no longer clutching at straws, but instead is grasping seaweed. Dairy Australia, the industry’s propaganda arm, is paying for advertorials about the wonders of feeding cows red algae, or Asparagopsis, in order to reduce the obscene amount of the very potent greenhouse gas methane, which is released in their belches and farts. Their no doubt conservative estimate is that this makes up 57% of farm emissions. MLA and others are saying that “If 10% of the livestock producers added 1.0% of Asparagopsis Seaweed Meal to the daily feed intake of ruminant livestock, it is like removing 100 million cars off the road.” What that figure shows is the extent of the problem caused by this industry, which survives by tearing babies from their mothers and selling the milk excreted for them to make products that we know are terrible for the health of the human consumer. If ten percent of “livestock” producers could easily remove greenhouse gases equivalent to 100 million cars, imagine what closing down this cruel and toxic industry could achieve! Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au