News & Events
Posted on 21 December 2012
Introducing water and energy footprint considerations into decision making provides water managers an opportunity to drive better water and energy efficiency outcomes. In Australia severe water shortages, combined with community concerns with climate change, have driven water managers to look closer at the nexus between water and energy use. The two are closely related and will play an important role in the shape of the water industry in future in Australia and around the world. Nicholas Apostolidis, Director at GHD, provides a snapshot of the energy and water footprints associated with different elements of the water cycle in Australia.
Investment in Australian desal research tops $39 million during nation’s $12 billion “decade of desalination”
Posted on 14 November 2012
Investment in Australia’s desalination research has reached $39 million in just three years, building on the country’s $12 billion investment in six major desal plants during its “desalination decade” 2004-2013. Recent national achievements in desalination research are published in the Centre’s 2011-2012 Annual Report.
Posted on 1 November 2012
Australian history powerfully reveals the risks and broad-based costs of reliance on traditional rainfall-dependant sources of water supply. Sharply varying rainfall patterns, apparent new climate trends, and the unprecedented 14-year “millennium drought” across much of Australia, have caused a major rethink of water supply in this, the driest continent.
Posted on 11 October 2012
Despite a few seasons of above average rainfall in most parts of Australia, we still live in the driest nation on the planet. CEO Neil Palmer says that delaying the operation of desalination plants is short-sighted.