In Sydney, approximately 120,000 glass jars and over 200 tonnes of reclaimed asphalt were ingeniously utilised to rejuvenate a one-kilometre stretch along Clarence Street. Since July 2021, Sydney has used more than 1.5 million recycled glass jars and over 6000 tonnes of reclaimed asphalt within its road renewal initiative.

Clover Moore AO, Lord Mayor of Sydney, emphasised, ‘What was once discarded as waste is now recognised as a valuable resource. This shift from linear thinking holds immense significance in combatting climate change and fostering circular economy outcomes.’
Interestingly, 20% of the asphalt stems from roads at the end of their lifecycle. Importantly, this increased use of recycled materials hasn’t compromised the surface quality & durability of the road.

Annually resurfacing around 35,000 m2 of road, the City of Sydney underscores the enduring benefits of favouring sustainable materials. Beyond glass and reclaimed asphalt, innovative materials like crumbed rubber, printer toner, and soft plastics have been integrated into asphalt mixes for road resurfacing.

Additionally, the City of Sydney is among the 16 Sydney councils committed to ‘Paving the Way,’ a collaborative initiative led by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils. This concerted effort aims to employ 100 million glass containers yearly in local road renewal projects.

Over the last 14 years, Cool Planet has assisted Government sustainability schemes like this – At local, state and federal levels. Find out how Cool Planet can help your organisation, no matter the size.

The organisations and individuals leading positive environmental change were recognised at the recent ‘Premier’s Sustainability Awards’ in Victoria.

This prestigious annual sustainability awards program celebrates Victorian businesses, local governments and communities leading the way in sustainable innovation and practices. Each of the six categories has two winners, which were refreshed in 2021 to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos congratulated the 12 awards winners, commenting: “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise Victorians that are dedicated to sustainability and who are working towards a thriving circular economy.”

A broad range of businesses and community groups were championed, from Bunyip Renewables Action Group, whose vision is to transition their community to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030; UPPAREL, a textile recovery and recycling initiative aiming to combat the global textile waste crisis; and Porous Lane, a company turning waste tyres into permeable pavement.

Premier Jacinta Allan personally selected the winners of the two overall awards. The Premier’s Recognition Award was presented to Assembled Threads and Geelong Sustainability received the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award.

Matt Genever, Interim CEO, of Sustainability Victoria, said, “All of these winners have challenged the status quo and shown true leadership in their fields. I feel inspired and elated to hear their stories and learn about the difference they’re making.”

To view the profiles of the winners and finalists, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/psa-2023-winners or see list below.

Premier’s Recognition Award

Premier’s Regional Recognition Award

Circular Economy Innovation

Future Energy

Healthy and Fair Society

Thriving Environment

Sustainable Places

Waste and Recycling Solutions

Brisbane will host the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2032, and the city will be as green as it is gold as the Lord Mayor pledges the planting of one million native plants before the opening ceremonies.

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said “With the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games rapidly approaching, we are rolling up our sleeves now to sow the seeds for future environmental health”

He continued “On average, Council plants more than 56,000 native plants annually, handing out an additional 45,000 saplings for free to residents each year. With our extensive tree planting program, the one million native plants will help add over 1.5 million plants to key environmental areas in Brisbane in the lead-up to 2032.”

Brisbane Council’s Sustainability Agency has partnered with Greening Australia to deliver the ‘Biodiverse Brisbane Initiative’, to create and restore natural habitats across the city.

Through the partnership, up to 500 hectares of urban wildlife habitat. The one million plants will create and restore critical wildlife habitats, especially along our wetland and riverbank areas in Brisbane, with long-lasting benefits for the city, it’s natural surroundings and precious wildlife.

Chair of Brisbane Sustainability Agency, Nigel Chamier AM commented “Brisbane 2032 is our goal, but this is also about creating an environmental legacy beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The projects will contribute to the Council achieving its goal of 40% natural habitat cover across Brisbane.

“We are committed to putting the plans in place now so that we can welcome the world to a cleaner and greener Brisbane in 2032 and beyond,” Schrinner said.

If you’d like to know how to reduce your carbon footprint at home or at work contact the Cool Planet team today.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has rallied industry leaders in the solar space to launch its white paper on the ‘incredible potential’ of ultra-low-cost solar (ULCS) for Australia and the world.

This report details why ultra-low-cost solar is critical for reducing electricity costs and decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors such as industry and transport, and how it can offer exciting green export opportunities for Australia.

At the forefront of the white paper is ARENA’s 30-30-30 vision: 30% solar module efficiency with an installed cost of 30 cents per watt by 2030.

ARENA sees ULCS as key to Australia becoming a renewable energy superpower. While current technology is sufficient for domestic energy use, ULCS will be critical in reducing the cost of renewable electricity for heavy industrial processes.
The main objectives for ‘The Incredible ULCS’ white paper are to:

ULCS could lead to much cheaper electricity for Australians and export opportunities to neighbouring countries, as well as support the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors such as industry and transport.

Did you know that buildings account for over 50% of electricity use in Australia and almost a quarter of its emissions? For many in the building industry, the opportunities to contribute to the decarbonisation of Australia are enormous, and their subsequent designs and builds are reflective of a clear focus on sustainability.

In 2022 Four Pillars Gin teamed up with sustainable architecture and design firm Breathe to create an immersive gin experience, completely underpinned by a commitment to sustainability. The project significantly expanded visitor capacity, featuring a new production space, an outdoor gin garden, tuckshop, dedicated gin shop, a custom bar, and an events space, establishing Four Pillars as not just Australia’s largest gin-focused distillery but also Australia’s first carbon neutral gin distillery.

The success of the project is a clear demonstration of how a company has looked at all the factors in their business that are contributing to their carbon footprint and then utilised a design mindset to create solutions. A 100kW solar rooftop, recycled masonry and a stunning copper veil wrapping the new distillery that functions as a natural heat exchanger to reduce energy consumption are some of the results of that mindset. The clever people at Four Pillars have also worked out how to pipe gin directly into the main bar from production through copper pipes, saving 29 tonnes of glass per year.

Whilst not every business has the capital to embark on a journey such as Four Pillars Gin, they can have the same motivation. The motivation to be a more sustainable business can be the lightning rod that gets you started on your sustainability journey.

If you’re feeling motivated reach out to one of our consultants and let’s turn that motivation into action.

NSW Government has recently announced round five of the Bin Trim Program, which Cool Planet are proudly part of.

‘Bin Trim’ is a business waste program aimed at avoiding, reusing, and reducing waste, as well as saving money and cutting carbon emissions. It encourages innovation and collaboration across industry sectors, supply chains and precincts to address problem waste materials.

The project expansion includes $6 million in grants to be awarded to NSW businesses to help them reduce waste and cut emissions over the next year. This step to reaching Australia’s 2030 carbon reduction goals will:

• Divert ~35,000 tonnes of waste from landfills each year.
• Assist 4,000 SMEs across NSW to reduce their carbon output.

Cool Planet has been successful in becoming 1 of 14 projects awarded and will utilise their funding to educate more than 15,000 preschool children and engage 10,000 families on the importance and benefits of recycling and engage staff and families to participate.

As well as mentoring, Cool Planet will divert more than 1,000 tonnes of waste from 400 early childhood education services that include food, soft plastics, and nappies.

Overall, the program is part of the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy, which will invest $356 million over five years. Contact Cool Planet today and find out more on saving costs and the environment.