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8th April 2006 - Auditorium - Innovation Centre
University of the Sunshine Coast

The expo will have a 3 pronged approach - Exhibitors will focus on explaining the benefits of sustainable energy via the promotion of their products and services, while speakers will cover all aspects of sustainable energy.  Workshops will give a more hands on approach to saving energy.

Date Saturday - 8th April 2006
Time 8:30am to 4:30pm
Venue University of the Sunshine Coast
Auditorium - Innovation Centre

More Details www.usc.edu.au/events


- Presentations by experts in the field such as Prof Ian Lowe, Dr Graeme Pearman and Andrew McNamara (Member of Parliament)
Presentations to run all day, culminating in community discussions with a panel of experts.

- Over 30 exhibitors -  including unique applications of Solar power and Wind generation.  Cars run on anything BUT petrol.

-Workshops - Smart Ways to Save Energy and Money 
Launch of new Noosa 'Living Smart' website

Plenty to keep the kids amused.  Plenty to take-away.

First 100 Expo visitors will receive FREE energy efficient light bulb.

-4 Clipsal CENT-A-METER™ to be won.  It's easy to manage electricity costs with a Clipsal CENT-A-METER™. The CENT-A-METER™ is an electronic device, which measures the electricity
cost per hour on a portable display located inside your home or business.

Admission Free
Parking On site and free.
Regular buses to the Uni

Why is there a need for the Sustainable Energy Expo!?!

Energy use is the dominant source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, with Australians producing more greenhouse gases per person than just about any other country.  The Sustainable Energy Expo explores a number of alternatives designed to reduce emissions from the energy sector while meeting the needs of the community for ecologically sustainable energy services.

Increasing the use of sustainable energy provides a way of meeting Australia's increasing energy needs without adding to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. However, many options for the increased use of renewable energy require further technological advances before the industry can become more widely cost-competitive.

The focus of the Expo is on recognising that development and expansion of the renewable energy industry, and building competitiveness, are key strategies for capturing significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

This is not an Expo for theoreticians!  There will be displays and exhibitors handing out practical tips for the home owner, bottom-line savings hints for corporate entities, as well as government representatives to give updates on their strategic objectives for renewable energy use.

Particular sectors of the renewable energy industry, will be represented at the Expo - Photovoltaics, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, remote area power supplies (RAPS) and hybrid systems.  They all offer significant potential for growth and will help build capacity within the industry and increase its competitiveness.


Biographies of Presenters

Prof Ian Lowe AO
Recognised by the Queensland government as "a living legend", Prof Ian Lowe is an internationally recognised expert on environmental issues, energy, science, technology and futures. He has held senior advisory roles for all three levels of government and consulted extensively. In 1988, Ian was named Australian Humanist of the Year and in 1991 delivered the Boyer Lectures for the ABC.

In 2000 Ian received the Queensland Premier's Millennium Award for Excellence in Science and the Prime Minster's Environmental Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. He writes a weekly column for New Scientist and received the year's Eureka Award for Promotion of Science.
Dr Graeme Pearman
G I Pearman: Statement of rationale for attending the
Sustainable Energy Expo here on the Sunshine Coast

The climate of the Earth is changing. Anticipated changes through this century are large compared with historical or even geological changes and it is likely that acceptable risk is for a change of global mean temperature of no more than about 2oC. The difficulty is that carbon dioxide emitted during the combustion of fossil fuels has a long residence time in the atmosphere so that stabilizing the concentration of this greenhouse gas and thus stabilizing the climate is only possible with massive reductions of emissions. As human population and economic aspirations grow, the demand for more energy, or at least the amenity it delivers, also grows. Thus bringing about a global reduction of emissions is an enormous challenge requiring a massively different energy system in the future, redundancy, because we are not sure what new technologies will or won't deliver, and an approach to energy panning that is different from that in the past.

Sustainability is about how we deliver in the future, to all human aspirations, personal and social security and wellbeing, environmental resilience and economic strength. This ethos needs the best ideas that each of us can contribute from which to drive our strategies. The Sustainable Energy Expo is a useful forum for these exchanges.

Biographical Notes-Dr Graeme I Pearman AM, FAA, ATSE, FRoySocVic, BSc(Hon), PhD

Dr Graeme Pearman obtained his degrees from the University of Western Australia where he was trained as a biologist. He joined CSIRO in 1971 where he was Chief of the Division of Atmospheric Research for ten years 1992-2002. He contributed over 150 scientific journal papers primarily on aspects of the global carbon budget. In 2004 he left CSIRO to start a consultancy company. He is currently contracted to Monash University where he is establishing a new sustainability science program.

Pearman was elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science in 1988, of the Royal Society of Victoria in 1997 and of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, in 2005. He was awarded a United Nation's Environment Program Global 500 Award in 1989, Australian Medal of the Order of Australia in 1999 and a Federation Medal in 2003. He was a finalist in Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year in 2002 and Brodie-Hall lecturer for 2003.

Examples of his memberships are: Current: Chair, START International (Washington) System for Analysis, Research and Training; Deputy Chair, ICSU Committee for Strategic Planning and Review (Paris); Past Co-Chairman and current member, Science Advisory Group for the Asia Pacific Network for global change research (Kobi); Member, Advisory Bodies of WWF, Greenfleet Australia and Environment Business Australia; Chair, Antarctic Research Assessment Committee (Physical Sciences) of the Australian Antarctic Division; Member, Review Panel for the International Human Dimensions Programme; Member, Australian Climate Group.
Past: Member, National Greenhouse Science Advisory Committee; President, Australia Meteorological and Oceanographic Society; Chair and member, Board of Greenfleet Australia; Chairman, Joint Australian Academies Committee for Sustainability; Chair, National Committee for Sustainability (AAS).

His current interests and activities include Energy futures, Sustainability and sustainability science, Scientific capacity building; Public communication of science; the role of science in modern societies; and Science policy.

Andrew McNamara
Andrew McNamara was elected to the Queensland Parliament in 2001 as the Labor Member for Hervey Bay and was re-elected in 2004.  Prior to entering politics he was a partner in a law firm and a director of Ergon Energy, one of Queensland's two state owned electricity distribution and retail companies.  He has degrees in Arts (majoring in economics) and Laws from the University of Queensland and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Business (majoring in public sector management) at the Queensland University of Technology. 

He is Chair of the Queensland Energy Minister's backbench committee and also a member of the Parliament's Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Affairs Committee.  His interests outside politics include reading, playing guitar, swimming and cycling.  He has two children. 

Peter Waterman
Associate Professor Peter Waterman. RFD. MSc. BA. DipSocSc. GradDip Urban Planning.

Peter Waterman is an environmental planner with over 35 years professional experience working for governmental and private sector clients. Professional work has encompassed: strategic and statutory planning; intergovernmental relations; environmental research (physical, biological, social, economic and cultural); public and environmental health; and natural resource and environmental management.  Peter's formal professional qualifications are in geography, social science, urban planning and environmental management. 

Commencing work as an environmental planning consultant in 1970, Peter has carried out a large number of land use planning and environmental impact and risk assessments in all Australian States and Territories as well as overseas. Through this work Peter has become an acknowledged leader in developing integrated and holistic approaches to the environmental management of natural systems, industrial facilities and built infrastructure with a geographic focus on the coastal zone. 

Chaim Kolominskas

Chaim is an environmental engineering honours graduate from The University of Queensland with a Masters of Environmental Management & Policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Sweden. 

Chaim has developed and implemented environmental management systems, plans and eco-efficiency related resources for the marine industry, manufacturing facilities, nurseries, sporting fields, car washes and swimming pools. 

He has worked with the compost industry and through research on current practices and trends in technology, markets and legislation, helped to develop Compost Australia's Roadmap for the Compost Industry.

Chaim also has experience using ecolabels and local product labels as tools for sustainable regional development.  At IIIEE, he helped develop a local product labelling system for a region in southern Sweden and contributed to the design of an accreditation system for responsible small to medium enterprises on the Aegean Islands in Greece.

Prior to joining the EMC, Chaim worked for three years as an environmental consultant in Australia and managed projects in the areas of emissions estimation, emissions inventories, air dispersion modelling and environmental impact assessment. He has developed a number of Emission Estimation Technique Manuals for the National Pollutant Inventory and compiled NPI reports on behalf of clients from varying industries. Chaim has also been involved in the development of a number of emissions inventory technical policy guidance documents both in Australia and abroad. He has also co-authored a number of published papers on cleaner production, local product labelling, indicators for sustainable development, emissions inventories and the use of emissions inventory data.

Qualifications and Affiliations
- Eco-efficiency
- Environmental management systems
- Ecolabelling/local product labelling
- Indicators for sustainable development
- Emissions inventories/emissions estimation
- Environmental impact assessment

Project Experience
- Production of template water management plans for nurseries, turf farms, market gardens, sporting fields, car washes and swimming pools for SEQ Water as part of the Southeast Queensland Regional Drought Strategy.
- Development of eco-efficiency toolkit for the Queensland Marine Industry.
- Development of rating system for water management plans for Brisbane Water as part of their high-water user rebate scheme.
- Development and implementation of an ISO 14001 accredited environmental management system at Tyco Water.
- Research on current practices and trends in technology, markets and legislative requirements in Australia and abroad, help to develop an industry position paper and roadmap for the Australian compost industry.
- Development of organisational structure, criteria, rules and regulations for a local product labelling scheme in southern Sweden. 
- Certifying a pilot ecotourism-accredited (Nature's Best) company in Scania, southern Sweden.
- Design of an accreditation system for responsible small to medium enterprises on the Aegean Islands in Greece.
- The development of an environmental reporting database for the Australian aluminium industry (mines, refineries and smelters).
- The development of the South East Queensland Regional Inventory for Industrial and Area-Based Pollutant Sources on behalf of the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.
- The development of a database of environmental information for the Australian intensive meat-chicken industry (on Behalf of RIRDC).
- Development of pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) policy guidance documents for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
- Development of National Pollutant Inventory (Australian PRTR) Emission Estimation Technique Manuals for the following industries on behalf of the Department of Environment and Heritage: Fugitive Emissions, Pet Food Manufacture, Non-Petroleum Industrial Gases, Soft Drink Manufacture, Chemical Product Manufacture, Tobacco Product Manufacture, Rubber Product Manufacture, Confectionery Manufacture, Ferrous Alloy Production. 
- National Pollutant Inventory estimation and reporting for Australian industrial facilities.
- Development of the Australian Aluminium Council National Pollutant Inventory contextual data website.
- Dioxin inventory review for the Australian Cement Industry Federation.
- Assessment of tyre burning as an alternative fuel source for fossil fuel power generation.
- Assessment of emissions from a proposed wood-waste combustion facility.
- Air dispersion modelling of emissions (including odour) from industries including aluminium smelting, mining, calcining, power generation, plastics manufacture, medium density fibreboard manufacture, asphalt production, landfills and wastewater treatment.
- Development of odour and dust management plans for landfills.
- Development application for the expansion of a galvanising facility.
- Air quality assessment of a landfill power generation facility.

Kolominskas, C. and R. Sullivan, Improving cleaner production through pollutant release and transfer register reporting processes. Journal of cleaner production, 2004. 12(7): p. 713-724.
Kolominskas, C., Non-financial returns of enterprise-led development assistance - A study of energy related enterprises, in International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics. 2003, Lund University: Lund.
McGahan, E., Kolominskas, C., Bawden, K. and R. Ormerod. Strategies to reduce odour emissions from meat chicken farms. in Poultry information exchange. 2002. Gold Coast: Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland.
Kolominskas, C. and R. Ormerod, National Pollutant Inventory update - reporting requirements, data quality and current developments, in Environmental management implementation handbook. 2002.
Kolominskas, C., R. Sullivan, and R. Ormerod. The use of National Pollutant Inventory data in atmospheric dispersion modelling. in Clean Air & Environment Conference. 2002. Christchurch: Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand.
Kolominskas, C., M. Scholl, and R. Sullivan, National Pollutant Inventory extended to all industries. Engineers Australia, 2001(June 2000): p. 55-56.
Kolominskas, C. and R. Sullivan, Can the National Pollutant Inventory be used to facilitate cleaner production? The environmental engineer, 2001. 2(2): p. 18-21.
Sullivan, R., Kolominskas, C., Sullivan, J. and R. Ormerod., Responding to greenhouse: the challenge for the engineering profession - presentation to the Environmental Engineering Society and the Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand. 2000: Brisbane.
Sullivan, R, Zeise, K., Kolominskas, C. & Ormerod, R. Public health policy: the role of emissions inventories. in Clean Air & Environment Conference. 2000. Sydney: Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand.
Kolominskas, C., Greenhouse gas emissions in wastewater treatment, in Department of Chemical Engineering. 1998, University of Queensland: Brisbane.

Chris is the Managing Director of Landmatters Currumbin Valley which is developing The Ecovillage at Currumbin. He is a registered property valuer and is an Associate of the Australian Property Institute. Chris has extensive property experience in both rural and urban environments.

In combination with the Gold Coast Combined Chamber of Commerce, Chris has acted as an expert advisor to the Gold Coast City Council and State Government regarding amendments to the Valuation of Land Act. Chris has had substantial body corporate experience during many recent years as an active committee member on a number of Bodies Corporate. His broad practical experience in the construction and property industry includes with direct involvement in a wide variety of family, client and personal development projects.

Chris is the founding chairperson of the Queensland Budds Beach Community Association.

Chris completed tertiary studies in property valuation at Queensland Agricultural College. Chris has worked in a variety of positions including Land Ranger for the Queensland Lands Department and Property Valuer roles with Bailleu and Richard Ellis in Brisbane and the Gold Coast regions. In 1994 he commenced private practice as a technical property consultant.

Chris and his wife Kerry conceived the Ecovillage project some 10 years ago and are both fully committed to achieving their visioning and goal of creating the World's Best Ecologically Sustainable Development.

Bill Brazier
B.E; Grad.Dip.A.C.; M.E.; Cert. Management; F.I.E.Aust; CPEng.

- Technical Director and Partner in pool, grid connected and remote area power systems business, Solagift Technologies.
- 12 yrs with in landfill-gas (LFG) Industry and related fields such as Engineering & Project Management
- 4 yrs in Natural Gas & LPG Distribution Industry in SE Qld.
- 2 yrs in Solar Thermal Industry
- 20 yrs in Electricity Industry in SE Qld (Distribution & Transmission)
- Short experience in Main Line Electrification (in SE Qld & Central Qld)
- Presented many domestic & international papers on topics ranging from solar thermal and photo-voltaic power systems to LFG systems over the past 25 years.


- Part Time Lecturer QUT
- President of Qld Branch of Australian & New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES).
- Fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia,
- Business Council for Sustainable Energy and
- Qld Master Builders Association.

Thus a very big interest in Sustainability and Renewable Energy issues.

Scott Alderson
For the past 10 years Scott Alderson has been an Environmental campaigner.  Starting at Greenpeace in '94 he has worked on various campaigns for various organizations including the Wilderness society, Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth and Gundjehmi Aboriginal Corporation.
He has organized rallies such as the rally for Victorian Forests in 2002 (10 000 people) and Tasmanian forest rally in 2004 (20 000 people).
In '98 he established a charity raising money for green/black issues via compilation albums of Australian artists including Midnight Oil, Powderfinger, Killing Heidi, Something for Kate, Regurgitator, Living End, george, and Jimmy Little.
He has a degree in environmental science and has also studied economics. Currently he is the Campaign Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Environment Council.
He also hosts the AFL sports repost on ABC coast FM on the Sunshine Coast.

Concise Biography of Dr Bertus de Graaf

Dr Bertus de Graaf
B.Sc (Hons), Ph.D (Univ. of Bristol, UK) FAusIMM, MGSA

Bertus de Graaf was born in the Netherlands and is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Geodynamics Limited since its incorporation in late 2000. 

Bertus has 30 years of international experience in mineral exploration and mine development.  He began his career with Shell Metals, (later known as Shell Billiton) in 1972 and completed assignments in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia.  After staying with the Shell/Billiton Group for 14 years, he became the founding Managing Director of Ross Mining NL in 1986, a company which was listed on the ASX in 1987.  During his 14 year tenure to 2000, Ross Mining developed 4 gold mines, paying dividends for the last consecutive 7 years.  He also was a founding Director of the Australian Gold Council.

Following a friendly merger in 2000, Bertus focussed on the formation and Stock Exchange listing (ASX) of Geodynamics Limited, a Company focussed on developing a known, world class geothermal resource in the Cooper Basin for the generation of zero-emission base-load power.

Dr Doone Wyborn
Dr Doone Wyborn is Executive Director (Science and Exploration) of Geodynamics Limited, and one of the founding Directors of Geodynamics. He is an internationally known geoscientist specialising in granitic rocks. He obtained his Ph.D on granite research in 1983, and served more than 25 years with the Bureau of Mineral Resources and the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, including research in Antarctica and other overseas locations.

He has been working on the potential of HFR geothermal energy for the last 14 years and is recognised as the leading Australian expert authority on this subject. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Geothermal Implementing Agreement and has studied HFR geothermal projects in Japan, Europe and the USA.

Summary Presentation Schedule

Session One - Climate Change Unravelled

Dr. Graeme Pearman will give the latest information on climate change.  This will then be linked to the changing direction in the Energy Industry. 

Associate Professor Peter Waterman (USC) will then bring the issue down to a very local level.

Session Two - Renewable Energy Options and Unpalatable Alternatives

A small cross-section of alternative energy options is detailed in this session as well as a brief synopsis on 'Why Not Nuclear'.   We have also given the local councils an opportunity to promote the work being done in the field of sustainable energies.

Session Three - The Power to Change

Prof. Ian Lowe casts light on the options we have to change habits and start the ball rolling in our own court.  The Maroochy Shire Council will give their update on their approach to Sustainable Energy.   A special presentation from the EcoVillage shows what can actually be achieved.

Session Four - Panel Discussion

All in!  There will not be much time during the day for questions, but this will be an interactive session with the audience.

We have been requested to run a number of workshops alongside the presentations.  These will cover hands on explanations on how to gauge the efficiency of your house to the installation of solar panels!

See ' How to save energy and money' - at 10:30 and 1:30.
-How can I cut my electricity bill?
-Which appliances are costing too much?
-How much can I save?
-What rebates are available for new technology.

Proposed Presentation Schedule - Saturday
Each of the sessions will have 5 minute open and close sessions, at which we will ask sponsors to summarise the session.
8:30 - 9:00 Official Opening
8:30 - 9:00 University Welcome (VC) + Traditional Welcome; Major Sponsors
Theme - Effects of Global Warming and Climate Change
9:05 - 9:45 Graeme Pearman
9:50 - 10:20 Peter Waterman - What does this mean locally?
10:25 - 11:05  Displays / Morning Tea
Theme - Sustainable Energy Options
11:15 - 11:35 Solar  - Bill Brazier - ANZSES
11:40 - 12:00 Eco Oil - PM Lubricants
12:05 - 12:25 Geo-Thermal - Dr. Bertus DeGraaf / Dr. Doone Wyborn
12:30 - 12:35 Aquagen - Peta Thiel - Practical use Solar / Hydro
12:35  - 1:05  Displays and Lunch
1:05 - 1:15 Uranium is not the answer - Scott Alderson
1:15 - 1:35 Andrew McNamara - Peak Oil
Power  To Change
1:35 - 1:55 Chris Walton - The Ecovillage - Currumbin
1:55 -  2:15 Maroochy Shire Council - What's been done
2:15 - 2:55 Ian Lowe
3:00 - 3:15  Displays and Afternoon Tea
Session Theme - Panel Discussion
3:15 - 3:25 Major Sponsor - EPA Sustainable Industries
3:25 - 4:25 Panel Discussion-Sponsors / Ian Lowe / USC
4:25 - 4:30 Thanks for coming! - Neil Tindale  (USC Faculty of Science)

For further information please visit: www.usc.edu.au/events


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