Technical Advice

A lot of our climate change consulting involves providing technical advice.

Work has been completed for Government and businesses covering climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability topics.

Advice types include creation of policy positions, development of calculators, undertaking reviews, conducting research, providing advice on climate policy developments and reporting on sectoral emissions data for national and international reporting.

Advice to Business

Developed a greenhouse gas emissions calculator for client’s retail staff and potentially for their customers.

Produced easily understood and justifiable text highlighting climate change performance for potential use in client’s publicity materials.

Research and input into full fuel cycle comparison of buses using Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel or Compressed Natural Gas, focusing on greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

Peer review of report addressing biodiesel use as an emissions mitigation action.

Peer review of report addressing future electricity prices and their interaction with climate change.

Electricity business advised on issues related to their emissions reporting under both NGER and Australia’s “carbon tax”.

Advice on the impact of the commencement of the “carbon tax” and its implications for a natural gas retailer.

Advised water utility on issues related to its greenhouse gas emissions, abatement options and reporting systems and requirements.

Presentation to a company’s Board on their historical and projected emissions performance and electricity consumption for the supply of one of their services.

Calculation of projected operational greenhouse gas emission profile for a 9 star ACTHERS house and development of a carbon footprint report, based on the building’s performance characteristics and expected use of heating, cooling and lighting systems.

Development of business-focused energy efficiency analysis, reporting, information and recommendation template for energy retailer.

  • Developed analysis algorithms for monthly energy consumption and cost, average hourly electricity use and power factor hourly performance.
  • Information provided on using electricity more efficiently, funding sources for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Created energy efficiency information sheets on topics including lighting, chillers, air compressors, hot water, refrigeration and HVAC.

Advice to Government (Australian, State and Local)

National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGGI)/ National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA), Industrial Processes Sector: Cement, Aluminium, Lime, Synthetic Rutile, Titanium Dioxide and Magnesia

  • Report and associated emissions datasheets produced for the 2006 NGGI and 2007 NGA.
  • Production data, emission factors and emission levels gathered and analysed at Federal and State level
  • Review of the text and formulae for Industrial Processes for the NGERS legislative instrument.
  • Specialist support for in-country review of the NGA conducted by the UNFCCC’s Expert Review Team following Australia’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

Review and data gathering for NGGI on:

  • incineration of clinical waste in Australia
  • incineration of solvents in Australia
  • industrial wastewater treatment and methane recovery across eight Australian agricultural processing and manufacturing sectors:
    • Beer and Malt
    • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard
    • Sugar
    • Wine
    • Dairy
    • Fruit and Vegetable
    • Meat
    • Poultry

Desktop review of product specifications and fractional purities for lime produced in Australia

Review of the performance of the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Allies climate change program.

Reviewed and validated for accuracy energy efficiency information sheets and checklists covering industrial and commercial equipment for the Australian Government.

Mapping of emission inventory sectors to align them with those used in Government climate change strategy and action plan

  • Available information assessed, options tested and recommendations developed on the pathway providing the most consistent, coherent and repeatable approach.
  • Examined the contribution of factors like electricity consumption patterns, network losses and the emission factor to the annual change in emissions recorded for sector.
  • Defined principles, identified through a review of international and national literature, for setting sectoral emissions targets which were both functional and capable of being measured dynamically to ensure targets have meaning after several years.

Sustainability assessment of five child care centres’ use of energy, water and chemicals plus their waste production and recycled product use.

  • Undertaken on behalf of a Local Government.
  • Involved developing data gathering processes including a comprehensive questionnaire, analysing the results, providing suggestions to improve sustainability and exploring the types of grants and rebates that are available to fund improvements to sustainability.
  • Outcomes were used to identify feasible projects for each Centre and to support grant applications.

Contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help your next project