Water Journal : Water Journal February 2013
WATER FEBRUARY 2013 28 AWA News Tom Mollenkopf Resigns as AWA CEO After six years as Chief Executive Of cer of the Australian Water Association, Tom Mollenkopf has announced that he will be standing down from the role in July this year. AWA National President, Lucia Cade, said that the Board and membership of AWA would be sad to see Tom leave. "Tom has overseen a period of considerable growth and change in AWA, at a very exciting time for the water industry. He has worked tirelessly in forging new relationships for the Association both locally and internationally, represented the water industry well, and has increased our member services and grown our membership," she said. "The Board would like to thank Tom for his invaluable service and extend its best wishes as he resumes fulltime residence in Melbourne. It has been a pleasure working with him over the last six years." Speaking to staff, Mr Mollenkopf said that the AWA CEO role was one of the most interesting, rewarding and challenging jobs in the water sector in Australia and he was thankful to have had the opportunity to be in the position for six years. "I have immensely enjoyed my time at AWA, including the support and friendship of a very talented group of professionals and a ne Board of Directors," he said. "I will be returning to Melbourne to pursue various commitments, including Board roles at Western Water, WaterAid, Life Saving Victoria and Surf Life Saving Australia, together with committee roles with the International Water Association." The AWA Board will now commence a national search for a new CEO. Get Browsing on AWA's Website The AWA website now features an Online Bookshop providing access to an extensive range of titles on all aspects of water, wastewater and related environmental elds. AWA has partnered with IWA and AWWA publishing to ensure readers have access to the latest technical publications, in both print and online format. Just like many other online bookshops, we have sought titles compatible with a Print on Demand (POD) publishing model to reduce the time between making a purchase and order ful llment and the removal of international freight costs. However, AWA will continue to import the more popular hard copy titles not available in POD upon request. AWA members qualify for signi cant discounts. Please go to www.awa.asn.au/bookstore/landingpage. aspx to browse. AWA has also developed a comprehensive online document library to help you nd the latest conference papers and technical papers from Water Journal. The library has an advanced search facility so you can keep up-to-date with the latest in technical information. Check it out today at www.awa.asn.au/awalibrary/ ViewAWAlibrary. ANZBP Discussion Paper In October 2012, the Australian and New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (ANZBP) launched its Biosolids, Carbon and Climate Change Discussion Paper at a meeting of members in Sydney. The introduction of a price on carbon in Australia on 1 July 2012 provides opportunities for biosolids managers, but may also pose some risks. Initiated by ANZBP members, this paper examines the impact of the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM) on biosolids management. It outlines some critical issues concerning the application of the CPM to biosolids of which operators should be aware, and explores some opportunities for lower carbon outcomes to be delivered through effective biosolids management. The paper also looks at some of the ways in which carbon credits might be generated to the bene t of downstream biosolids users. An early part of the work underpinning this project was a survey of the Australian biosolids industry to obtain information on how well the industry understands the linkages between biosolids and carbon, as well as the implications for biosolids managers of the price of carbon. While there was a broad spread of knowledge, it was clear from the results that the industry's understanding of these issues is variable and incomplete. The paper begins by reviewing how greenhouse gas emissions from the treatment of biosolids are generated, reported and accounted for. One nding is immediately clear: that the methods used in the CPM to calculate emissions arising from biosolids treatment and management have the potential to over- or under-estimate signi cantly the emissions generated. In some circumstances this will lead to unjusti ed carbon price liabilities, while in others a liability that exists in law may not be recognised. These errors in emission calculations arise from the application of multipliers intended to predict emissions from certain treatment processes that are too coarse, or which are relevant to treatment processes used for treatment of sewage, not sewage sludges. For example, only ve multiplier 'options' are available, whereas there is a wide diversity of treatment processes or combination of processes available. This diversity makes application of the multipliers to particular processes dif cult, and there is scant advice as to how this should be done. In short, the CPM regulations are not re ective of on-the-ground operations. Similarly, the emissions methodology for biosolids stockpiles, which is the same as that used for land lls, may lead to an over-estimate of emissions. The impact of this situation is profound. Along with inaccurately determined tax liabilities, wastewater operators are also exposed to real nancial and criminal risks, as well as reputational risks if emission estimates are incorrectly made. If, for instance, an audit of emission accounts suggests that an operator used the incorrect methodology and produced an inaccurate emissions estimate, that operator may be considered in breach of the carbon pricing legislation. Sizeable nes and criminal penalties attach to this legislation.
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