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Autonomous vehicle developer opens Adelaide base

REnew Economy, 30 January 2017
UK-based autonomous transport developer RDM Group will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Adelaide. RDM is developing low-speed autonomous transport “pods” that can ferry individuals or small groups on via footpaths, within pedestrian precincts, streets or on private land without drivers.
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Graph of the Day: How EVs are driving the next oil crisis

REnew Economy, 30 January 2017
When Bloomberg published a story under a version of the above headline at around this time last year, it was based on data predicting that by 2040, 35 per cent of new cars worldwide “would have a plug.” Last week, a new graph based on new data by Bloomberg New Energy Finance has updated the details on how such a global shift electric vehilces might play out for the oil sector.
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Emirates forced to change pilot, crew rosters on US flights after Trump order

Traveller, 30 January 2017
Emirates airline has changed pilot and flight attendant rosters on flights to the United States following the sudden US travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, highlighting the challenges facing airlines to deal with the new rules. The world’s largest long-haul carrier, which flies daily to 11 US cities, has made “the necessary adjustments to our crewing, to comply with the latest requirements,” an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters by email on Sunday. She added US flights continue to operate to schedule.
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Turning point: solar power now cheaper than wind energy

ReNew Economy, 23 January 2017
It was bound to happen, and apparently it has: utility-scale solar-generated power, certainly in sunny parts of the world, appears to be cheaper than wind and both are cheaper than fossil-fuel generated power – read the fine print for details of when, where and under what conditions this applies.
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The so-called sharing economy

ABC Money, 29 December 2016
What is the sharing economy and is it as good as it sounds? The Money investigates the changing nature of collaborative consumption and why some cities are now banning Uber and Airbnb.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/themoney/share-economy/7777658

Australian solar farm capital intensity halves, due to smarter, cheaper plants

Renew Economy, 19 January 2017
The capital intensity per watt of the utility scale solar plants in the current development pipeline in Australia is about half that of those that are already operational. The stark and rapid improvement in the economics of big solar in the country is due to global declines in component costs, but also importantly declining EPC (construction) costs and the deployment of yield-boosting technology like tracking.

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First freight train from China arrives in London

T&L News, 19 January 2017
The first container train travelling between China and the UK has arrived at the DB Cargo UK terminal at the London Eurohub in Barking. The train is operated by the InterRail Group, a multinational transport operator headquartered in Switzerland, on behalf of China Railway subsidiary CRIMT (China Railway International Multimodal Transport). Various freight railways handle traction along the 12,000 kilometre route; DB Cargo is responsible for the section from Duisburg to London via the Channel Tunnel.
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Melbourne’s trams to be solar powered

The Age, 19 January 2017
Melbourne’s trams network will soon be powered by the first large-scale solar plant to be built in Victoria. The solar plant, which will be completed by the end of 2018, is expected to be located in Victoria’s north-west.

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‘People Cities and Low Carbon Living conference’ with Jan Gehl -February 13th 2017

Conference at Curtin University includes the launch of the new book People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl(by Annie Matan and Peter Newman, Island Press, Washington DC) which highlights Perth’s shift towards a people city. Officially launched by the Ambassador to Demark, Mr Tom Nørring.

Keynote speaker renowned Danish urban designer Jan Gehl will present “People Cities for the 21st Century”
Key sponsors: CUSP, CRC Low Carbon Living, Climate KIC (WA), Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Land Corp and City of Perth.

Annie Matan will summarise Gehl’s life in urban design before Jan will speak about ‘People Cities for the 21st Century’. Peter Newman and his research team from CUSP will then outline some key findings from their work with the CRC in Low Carbon Living about how the people-oriented approach can lead to low carbon housing, precincts, transport and cities. Speakers will include: Jemma Green, Josh Byrne, Charlie Hargroves, Vanessa Rauland and Greg Morrison.

After lunch there will be a workshop with Professor Holger Walbaum from Climate KIC Europe, Professor of Sustainable Building from Chalmers University, on how low carbon innovations are being created through partnerships between researchers, government and the private sector in Europe and how Australia can forge their own contribution to world-changing innovations.

The Conference and Workshop are free but an RSVP is needed.
RSVP Christine.finlay@curtin.edu.au

‘Choking’ fears if home delivery left unregulated

The Age, 16 January 2017
Everything we desire from the booming convenience economy is now just a swipe of our smartphones away. But according to Melbourne academic, Australia’s capitals face the same traffic-congested “choking” fate as central London if the burgeoning economy is left unregulated.

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