Nov 17, 2015

Queensland natural gas industry takes significant step forward

Natural Gas
Michael Roche, Chief Executive...
2 min
The Queensland natural gas industry has taken another important step forward w...

The Queensland natural gas industry has taken another important step forward with a major announcement by QGC, and its joint venture partners, of the development of the Charlie tenements in the Surat Basin.

This is a major investment in the future of the Queensland natural gas sector, which has been a major creator of jobs and a generator of broader economic benefit over the past five to seven years.

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The fact that the QGC's Charlie Project will create up to 1,600 construction jobs, and provide other major business benefits for communities around Taroom, Wandoan and Chinchilla, is proof of the gas sector's ongoing vital importance to the Queensland and Australian economies.

Queensland has led the way in developing a world-class natural gas industry and the announcement of another major development is testament to the confidence that proponents have in the industry.

This major investment by the QGC consortium partners sees the Queensland gas export sector tap into the 160 percent growth in Asian gas demand out to 2040.

The industry is subjected to world-class regulation that ensures the interest of all parties, including landowners and local communities, are safeguarded. It has been assessed by a range of independent experts and has passed all approval stages. 

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The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook released on 10 November stated: "Overall, the Queensland approach seems to embody many features of regulatory best practice, with cumulative, regional assessments revised regularly, purpose built institutions and a strong focus on water issues." 

The benefits of this project will flow far and wide from communities around the project in the Surat Basin to Queenslanders in regions across the state with the royalties paid to the state helping to pay for schools, hospitals and roads potentially from Cape York to Coolangatta. 

The Queensland natural gas sector supports more than 114,000 Queensland jobs and 3,600 businesses and accounts for 7 percent of the entire Queensland economy.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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