The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-04T01:26:39Z The Great Barrier Reef - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 2021-03-04T01:26:39Z 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 2021-03-03T22:49:58Z 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: Email: Phone Number: 1300 581 235 Conservation Volunteers Australia is a Banksia Sustainability Award Finalist 2021-03-02T05:53:22Z 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: --- 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  Media Enquiries  Can be directed to Sam Rye, Communications Manager,  More info about media enquiries and available stock imagery:  Admin Office: 728 Barkly Street, BALLARAT VIC 3350 EMM achieves a hat trick of international accreditations 2021-03-01T23:38:33Z 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. Conserve It and STULZ S.p.A announce Strategic Partnership 2021-03-01T00:58:03Z conserve-it-and-stulz-s-p-a-announce-strategic-partnership Conserve It, an international leader in Smart IoT & Smart Building Solutions, building automation and HVAC solutions today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with STULZ S.p.A to develop an innovative range of intelligent building automation and optimisation solutions called CyberHub Plant.OPT.  Based on PlantPRO® technologies and algorithms, the objective of this solution is to ensure that facilities achieve the highest efficiency and reliability of a water-based cooling system throughout its life. Based near Verona, Italy, and a subsidiary of STULZ GmbH, STULZ S.p.A is one of the world's leading solution providers of energy efficient systems for temperature management, specifically for mission critical applications like data centers and, under COSMOTEC brand, industrial process and automation. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Conserve It is the developer of central cooling and heating plant control and optimisation solutions PlantPRO® & PlantPRO® CORE already deployed all over the world since 2007 with remarkable results in terms of reliability and efficiency. Conserve It also partners with international leaders in building automation & controls, analytics & visualisation, sensors & metering, cybersecurity and is one of the leading distributors in the Smart Buildings products and solutions industry. “STULZ S.p.A is a proven international leader in the research, design and development of ITC, Data Center and industrial HVAC systems. They are a company with a strong focus on customised, design-driven technology and share many values to Conserve It . We are excited to form this strategic partnership, one which will provide mutual benefit to our respective customer base,” said Filippo Bernardello, EMEA Product Manager at Conserve It. “Conserve It, with extensive, specialised global experience in designing and deploying award-winning smart IoT building solutions, makes an excellent strategic partner with whom to develop these range of solutions,” said Alessandro Polce, Sales and Marketing Director at STULZ S.p.A. “We are proud to partner with Conserve It to provide a bespoke, highly efficient, reliable solution that will hugely benefit the market.”  More information about Conserve It is available at Contact:Chirayu Shah General Manager, Conserve It Osmoflo achieves Third Party Certification to the international Asset Management Standard ISO 55001:2014 2021-02-26T04:51:27Z 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 Costa Group water project awarded to Osmoflo 2021-02-23T04:25:37Z 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. Ag Scientists support halving of emissions by 2050 2021-02-21T19:52:38Z 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? 2021-02-10T03:15:36Z 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: “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:  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 2021-02-08T23:07:12Z 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 Grasping at seaweed 2021-01-28T13:35:22Z 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 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: 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  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   – 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: 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:   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.