NCTCE launches free webinar series

The National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE) is launching a webinar series to highlight cleantech innovation and opportunities ahead of the March 2021 event.

Commencing 28 May, program topics include: how are local government sustainability leaders preparing for the ‘next normal’? Building back better – what does COVID-19 mean for cleantech? and why is clustering more important than ever? How the European Cleantech industry is adapting to the post pandemic era.

“With so much innovation and ‘pivoting’ happening in the cleantech industry as a result of these unprecedented times, we could not wait until 2021 to share these great stories with our NCTCE community,” an NCTCE statement reads.

According to NCTCE organisers, despite devastation wrought by the coronavirus, a post-COVID world offers huge opportunities for the cleantech industry.

“As the world collectively realises that we can’t return to ‘normal’, many are seeing this as a magic moment in time to re-shape economies, societies and improve the way we work and live,” the statement reads.

“New technology, sustainability and collaboration will most certainly be part of this new landscape. Best of all, it looks like our political leaders are finally listening to scientists.”

The curated program of live, interactive virtual events will tap into NCTCE’s speaker alumni, industry innovators and thought leaders.

“Some sessions will ponder the ‘big questions’ whilst others will drill down on innovations and case studies from each of the various cleantech sectors,” the statement reads.

“You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, network (virtually), learn and be inspired – all from the comfort of your own WFH desk.”

Webinar details: 

Thursday 4th June – Building back better – what does COVID-19 mean for cleantech?

The current COVID-19 health crisis has been identified as an unprecedented opportunity to align the immediate Australian pandemic response with the imperatives of sustainability.

This includes the opportunity to develop a new industrial policy mix and stimulate innovation and investment in sustainable technologies.

What are the opportunities for the Australian Cleantech industry and, more importantly, how can they ensure the voice of industry is heard?

Facilitated by: Paul Hodgson, GM Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement NERA and NCTCE Advisory Panel Member.

Panellists: Dr Sarah Pearson, Innovation Lead and Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation. John O’Brien, Partner, Energy Transition & Decarbonisation, Deloitte Financial Advisory. Stephen Robertson, Director-Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy, Planet Ark Power.

To register click here.

Thursday 18th June – How are our cleantech innovators preparing for the post-COVID-19 world?

A post-pandemic world offers both immense opportunity and challenge for cleantech innovators and producers.

While it has served to shine a light on the next crisis and the role cleantech can play, crucial investment and research funding is now being channelled into more immediate and short term recovery projects, or has dried up altogether.

Hear from Australian cleantech innovators on how they are powering through the crisis and preparing for the ‘next normal’.

Facilitated by: Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-Founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale

Panellists: Graham Ross, Co-Founder, Blocktexx. Further panellists to be announced

To register click here.

For more information on the NCTCE webinar series click here

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APCO launches weekly sustainability webinar series

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APOC) has launched a new sustainability webinar series to help industry professionals stay connected.

APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly said the weekly APCO Community Meeting events are designed to bring together sustainability experts from across the business, government and environmental communities to explore ideas.

“These include packaging specific topics – such as sustainable packaging design and strategy, recycled content and labelling for resource recovery and also broader sustainability ideas, including building a circular economy in Australia, recycling in remote and regional communities, and how to communicate your green credentials,” she said.

According to Ms Donnelly, the APCO team have worked hard to build a community that works collectively to address “significant and pervasive” sustainability issues.

“In this new and changing world of work, we want all those who belong to the APCO community to know they have the support of this collective group, and to make sure no one is left feeling disconnected or isolated,” she said.

“We are now up to our sixth webinar in the series, and it has been so rewarding to be joined by hundreds of professionals every week who are equally as engaged and passionate about this space. We look forward to seeing even more of you in May.”

Webinar schedules will be released monthly. May’s schedule, including links to register, is available below:

6 May: Launch of the Compostables Guidelines

Certified compostable packaging will play a small but important role in the delivery of the 2025 National Packaging Targets. But it is also an area that poses significant confusion – for industry and end consumers.

‘Considerations for Compostable Plastic Packaging’ is a new APCO resource, providing clear direction forward on the role of certified compostable plastic packaging in Australia.

Speakers: APCO’s Lily Barnett, AORA’s Peter Wadewitz and Rowan Williams from the Australasian Bioplastics Association.

To register click here.

13 May: Deep Dive: PREP Assessment

This week will take a deep dive into the Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP) – the online verification tool that assesses how packaging will behave in the Australian and New Zealand resource recovery systems, and powers the Australasian Recycling Label.

In this session tailored to users assessing their packaging, such as packaging technologists and developers, the discussion we will explore some of the common technical queries that emerge when conducting an assessment.

Speakers: Australasian Recycling Label Program Manager Lily Barnett and PREP Founder Anthony Peyton.

To register click here.

20 May: The Importance of a Packaging Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan  

This week will address how and why having a packaging sustainability strategy and APCO Action Plan can help support organisations on their packaging sustainability journey.

To register click here.

27 May: Promoting Green Credentials

Research demonstrates that sustainability issues are among the fastest growing concerns for consumers worldwide. 2019 research from Monash Business School found 92 per cent of consumers believe sustainable business practices should be standard, and not the exception.

This session will explore why it is important for brands to effectively communicate their sustainability achievements, and the practical tools and processes for getting started.

To register click here.

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Coffs Waste Conference to run online webinar series

The Coffs Waste Conference is running a weekly webinar series to showcase presentations that were scheduled for the 2020 event.

“While we can’t deliver the conference to you in person this year, our conference team have been working closely with the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association (WMRR), and are planning to bring you a weekly webinar series to keep you informed and up-to-date in a virtual environment,” a Coffs Waste Conference statement reads.

A selection of content will be streamed live through Zoom, with each week focusing on a different topic area. Each topic will include approximately three presentations that were incorporated in the original conference program.

Webinars will begin Wednesday 6 May, running for approximately 10-12 weeks. Week one will feature keynote addresses from Waste 2020, week two will focus on organics and FOGO, week three on the role of social enterprise in a circular economy and week four will include a COAG panel discussion.

The cost for each weekly session will be $75 for WMRR members and $85 for non-members. Further information on presenters, content and the registration process will be released shortly.

Coffs Waste Conference is also calling on individual session sponsors, for more information click here.

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Planet Ark provide councils packaging recycling label webinars

Planet Ark is increasing its efforts to educate Australians about Australasia Recycling Labels, including councils and educators.

In partnership with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the Australasian Recycling Label has entered into a new phase which will allow more companies to adopt it. Organisations such as Australia Post, Blackmores, Nestlé, Unilever and Woolworths have already pledged their commitment to the label.

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It has been designed to be easy to understand and show what needs to be done with each piece of packaging to dispose of it in the best way.

Because councils play an important part in the recycling process and are the source of the evidence base used by the label, Planet Ark is hosting a series of free webinars in the coming weeks.

Council and waste industry staff members that are interested can sign up by clicking here.

Webinars are planned for the following dates:

  • August 28 – 11am AEST
  • September 4 – 11am AEST
  • September 12 – 1pm AEST
  • September 20 – 1pm AEST
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