Chevron invests in geothermal development company

    Chevron Corporation has announced an investment in Baseload Capital AB, a Sweden-based private investment company focused on the development and operation of low-temperature geothermal and heat power assets. ... more


    Minerals processing roadmap: An opportunity for jobs and climate

    The Climate Council has said that the Australian Government’s plan to boost the processing of critical minerals needed for batteries, solar panels and wind turbines is a welcome step that can potentially stre... more


    Researchers stress hidden pollution from shipping threatens sustainable ocean efforts

    Ships are the polluting ‘elephants in the room’ nobody is talking about despite a global drive to make oceans cleaner, according to new research.   Nearly every vessel - from commercial vessels to day... more


    MOU signed for green hydrogen in heavy goods transport

    OMV, an international oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Vienna, and Österreichische Post AG (Post), the company responsible for postal service in Austria, have signed a Memorandum of Understandin... more

  • Chevron invests in geothermal development company
  • Minerals processing roadmap: An opportunity for jobs and climate
  • Researchers stress hidden pollution from shipping threatens sustainable ocean efforts
  • MOU signed for green hydrogen in heavy goods transport

IASS: Deep seabed mining must benefit all humankind

As investors set their sights on the mineral resources of the deep seabed, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) is developing regulations that will govern their future exploration and possible exploitation. A new Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Policy Brief, published in cooperation with the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt - UBA), presents three recommendations to ensure that future deep seabed mining would be to the common benefit all humankind, as required by international law. The ecosystems of the deep ocean are complex and provide a wide range of benefits to humankin... more

Using genes to improve conversion of greenhouse gases

Greenhouse gas waste from factories could be turned into environmentally-friendly chemicals and fuels under an international project to better understand the gene function of bacteria. Dr Esteban Marcellin from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) has secured funding for a large-scale study that will improve the efficiency of biofuel and chemical manufacture while recycling waste carbon. Bringing together The University of Queensland, ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI), LanzaTech and Novo Nordisk Foundat... more

Offshore wind staff demand to triple by 2030

The COVID-19 downturn has once again caused employment rates to plummet in the oil and gas industry. Even though some uptick is expected when the recovery arrives, employment will never return to the glories of just a few years ago. However, there is an energy segment that will be the new hiring haven for energy jobs, a new Rystad Energy analysis highlights – offshore wind. Demand for offshore wind staff is forecast to triple by the end of the decade, surging to 868,000 full-time jobs from an estimated 297,000 in 2020. In fact, the hiring spree will already be visible in the middle of the decade, as jobs de... more

Community groups urge Minister to reject proposed mine expansion

Community groups Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining and the Lock the Gate Alliance have written to Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, urging her to reject Wollongong Coal Limited’s mine expansion under the EPBC’s environmental history test. Wollongong Coal’s proposed mine expansion project would involve the extraction of up to 3.7 million tonnes of coal over five years using bord-and-pillar mining at the Russell Vale Colliery. Previously known as South Bulli, the Colliery is one of the oldest coal mines in Australia and has origins dating back to 1887. During its fi... more

Shell accelerates drive for net-zero emissions

Royal Dutch Shell has today revealed its strategy to accelerate the company's transformation into a provider of net-zero emissions energy products and services. Shell states that a disciplined cash allocation framework and rigorous approach to driving down carbon emissions will deliver value for shareholders, customers and wider society. It also confirmed the estimate that total carbon emissions for the company peaked in 2018 and oil production peaked in 2019. “Our accelerated strategy will drive down carbon emissions and will deliver value for our shareholders, our customers and wider society,” said CEO ... more

New report: Mine threatens environmental and cultural carnage

Waste rock wrongly classified as harmless and a leaking dam could have a devastating impact on the local environment and community near the McArthur River Mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. Up to 22 sacred Indigenous sites and an important river system in the Territory face irreversible cultural and ecological damage if the McArthur River Mine operations continue unabated, a recent report from the UNSW Global Water Institute and the Environment Centre of the NT has found. The report also warns that the independent monitoring system set up to protect the environmental and cultural interests of the ... more

NT Government to ban seabed mining

The Northern Territory Government has announced its decision to declare a ban on seabed mining in the Territory. The Territory Government has implemented a moratorium on seabed mining activities in NT coastal waters. The moratorium has been in place since March 2012 and is due to expire on 5 March 2021. The Government today announced that the moratorium will be extended for up to another six months to allow for the Environment Minister to consult on the draft prohibition declaration, and how it will operate. Seabed mining has never been undertaken in the Northern Territory. Around the world, there are... more