Building activity produces 18% of emissions and a shocking 40% of our landfill waste. We must move to a circular economy – here’s how

By M. Reza Hosseini, Deakin University and Tuba Kocaturk, Deakin University Architecture, engineering and construction employ 1.2 million people in Australia and account for 9% of GDP. But our biggest services sector also produces roughly 40% of landfill waste and accounts for 18.1% of Australia’s carbon footprint. The sector must change its practices fast for…

CSIRO to invest $25 million in Advanced Engineering Biology program

The nation’s science agency, CSIRO, has announced it will invest $25 million up to 2027 in a new Future Science Platform, titled Advanced Engineering Biology (AEB), which aims to “integrate engineering and biology to develop solutions for broad-ranging issues”. Engineering biology, also known as synthetic biology, involves applying engineering principles to biology, constructing new and…

Used EV batteries to be a 1.6 million-tonne problem in Australia by 2050, says new report

Preliminary findings from research by the University of Technology Sydney and commissioned by the Battery Stewardship Council predict the number of used electric vehicle batteries entering the waste stream will grow to nearly 30,000 tonnes by 2030, and 1.6 million tonnes by 2050. The findings, released on Thursday, provide new insight on the recycling requirements…