Energy efficiency could slash infrastructure bill: The impact of rising electricity infrastructure costs on consumers could be dramatically reduced through improved energy efficiency in buildings. Recent research by Institute researchers and colleagues from Energetics, commissioned by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, has found improved energy efficiency in buildings could save up to an estimated $16.7 billion in energy infrastructure costs by 2020, in the context of energy infrastructure spending of around $165 billion.
Resilience and ecosystem services: The recent Resilience 2011 conference that brought together scientists interested in navigating the complexities of global change, gave the Institute’s Dr Roel Plant an opportunity to present some of his work on ecosystems services.
Celebrating two PhD graduations: Congratulations to Dana Cordell and Tanzi Smith who graduated from the Institute’s postgraduate program in May. Anyone interested in joining our postgraduate program in 2012 is encouraged to get in touch soon. Applications to ISF close in late September.
Ecodesign in Australia: Benefits accrue to both industrial design consultancies and their clients when they take on ecodesign innovations during product design according to a recent survey by ISF PhD student Johannes Behrisch.
Power, bills and energy savings: a solutions forum: The NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Hon Robyn Parker MP gave the opening address at a breakfast forum on Thursday 9 June 2011 presented by the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) and the Institute for Sustainable Futures.