Water Journal : Water Journal November 2012-1
industry news regular features 20 AUGUST 2011 water Chief Commissioner Professor Flannery said. “This is the next chapter of the climate story, finding ways to act against climate change and seizing the opportunities that it can bring. People across the country are quietly rising to the challenge of climate change and it’s great that we’ve been able to showcase some of Queensland’s achievers, as we present our climate impacts and opportunities report for Queensland,” he said. The report shows that Queensland is vulnerable to a changing climate in the following ways: • Queensland has been getting hotter over the past 50 years; • Rainfall patterns in Queensland are changing; • Livestock and crop production are at risk from rising temperatures, changes in rainfall and extreme weather events; • Coastal flooding and erosion pose risks to buildings and beaches; • The iconic Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage tropical rainforests and many plant and animal species unique to Queensland are threatened by rising temperatures and other changes. The report highlights the real costs of a changing climate for Queenslanders, including threats to Queensland’s $17.7 billion tourism industry. The report also finds that there are solutions that minimise the risks of climate change and provide extra benefits for our health, community, economy and environment, including: • Queensland has abundant renewable energy resources including solar resources that are among the best in the world; • Use of solar energy in Queensland has doubled in less than two years; • Large, medium and small businesses are already saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by becoming more efficient; and • Buildings are being designed to minimise energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Climate-Change Champion Wins Business of the Year Award A pioneering business that helps households and businesses do their part to combat climate change has won the prestigious City of Sydney Business of the Year Award for 2012. Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the company, Climate Friendly, and said the Business of the Year Award was recognition of the high standard of work as well as the innovation and dedication of staff. “The annual City of Sydney Business Awards recognise the best in local business,” the Lord Mayor said. “Over five years they have grown to become a major event for small and medium-sized businesses in our city. “Climate Friendly has become a market leader in their sector by engaging the community and helping a wide range of homes and business do something about climate change. Despite challenging economic times, this business has managed solid growth. The Business Awards judging panel praised Climate Friendly, based in Woolloomooloo, for making it easy for people from all walks of life to act on climate change by using simple online calculators and offering tips to become more energy efficient in everyday life. The City’s 2012 Business Awards are the biggest yet, with a record 883 businesses nominated and 60,000 Sydneysiders casting a vote. This year, for the first time, winners receive a cash prize from the City of Sydney, with $5,000 going to the overall Business of the Year and $4,000 to the Small Business of the Year. Winners were judged by an independent panel of experts from Government, academic institutes and the business community. This year’s panel included Greg Hayes of Hayes Knight, Starfish Consulting’s Kate Groom, and Paul Wallbank from Netsmarts. For more information go to sydneybusinessawards.com.au Delivering innovative water, wastewater and reuse solutions.
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