Getting the Balance Right:      A Data Led Approach to Setting Effective Community Emissions Targets

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Getting the Balance Right: A Data Led Approach to Setting Effective Community Emissions Targets

Finding the perfect balance between ambition and reality can be the biggest challenge in establishing effective community emissions targets. Rather than leaving this to chance, we've been working with an increasing number of Local Government clients to help them utilise a data-led approach to set and track these targets. 

We thought we'd share the key principles behind our data led approach to setting effective community emissions targets.

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Is Australia ready for Nest?

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Is Australia ready for Nest?

A few months ago, Kinesis was approached by a representative from Nest, the Google owned thermostat company, to assist with research into market opportunities in Australia. We gathered a group of representatives from some of Australia’s largest property companies and electricity utilities to answer some of his questions. 

Here's a summary of what they told him. 

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Integrated Reporting: More than meets the eye

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Integrated Reporting: More than meets the eye

If I had one major gripe about Integrated Reporting, it’s the name. Yes, it includes reporting which is integrated, but it’s so much more than that. In this age of sound bites and slogans, the essence of a concept needs to be captured a in the headline, which is this case may do more damage than good.

So, what is there to Integrated Reporting beyond integrated reporting? Here are a few points to start with:

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Top 10 tips: Utility data managment for local government

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Top 10 tips: Utility data managment for local government

We work with local government clients of all shapes and size, from regional councils with only a few assets through to large metro councils with portfolios of over 500+ assets. But no matter what the size, our experience has shown us that all Sustainability and Asset Managers face the same fundamental challenges when it comes to the acquisition, validation and reporting of utility data. Here are our top tips for councils to streamline their utility data management processes.

Lachlan Kranz, Associate Director, Kinesis

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Reporting for Change:  What’s it going to take?

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Reporting for Change: What’s it going to take?

Much of the work we do involves assisting our clients automate smart resource reporting practices for their existing assets and activities, as well as predict the future impact of assets they are building. Often we find there is a lag between the insights we gather from the data and decisive action that that we know could make a tangible difference.

How does our city governance continue to fail in implementing solutions we know ‘will work’? What would be required to change it? What would be required to change it?

By Bruce Taper, Director.

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Joining the dots on city datasets

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Joining the dots on city datasets

Whether simply for reporting or to drive more sustainable outcomes, cities around Australia are seeking to more accurately track and monitor their performance. However well intentioned, the city level data they have access to is crude to say the least.  For a city to respond to this information, it needs to understand more than just these high level totals. 

How can we unpack these high level datasets to provide truly insightful information about the performance of our city?  And how does this help us drive change towards a more sustainable, resilient and affordable future?

By David Holden, Associate Director

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Are metropolitan plans still relevant?

Are metropolitan plans still relevant?

Seldom has a week has gone by over the last several years where there hasn’t been a story in the media about the escalating housing prices in our major cities. While the media ramps up its’ focus on the impact of foreign investors, the most noticeable thing for me is the absence of government intervention on housing affordability or the cost of living.  

This ambivalent treatment of the ‘affordability crisis’ is just the most recent example of what I see as a gradual dilution of the influence and impact of planning policy in Australia over the last two decades. 

What has led to this decline and is there a solution?

PRECINX finalist at international Greentec Awards

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PRECINX finalist at international Greentec Awards

PRECINX®, the version of CCAP Precinct licensed to UrbanGrowth NSW, has been announced as one of the Top 10 finalists in the Urbanisation category of the GreenTec awards. The GreenTec awards are Europe’s largest environmental and business awards, and take place every year. They provide a platform that puts environmental technologies and commitment in the spotlight. PRECINX® is the only Australian product represented amongst the finalists in the upcoming awards, which will take place in Berlin next May. VOTE NOW for Precinx. 

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Storing the sun

Storing the sun

The cost of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on a home has fallen dramatically in recent years, even as government subsidies that supported and subsidised the technology have been wound back or eliminated. These falling costs have lead to a massive increase in the number of systems installed in Australia, from approximately 20,000 residential solar PV systems in 2008 to over one million today. Kinesis has been working with developers across Australia to identify energy efficiency and alternative energy opportunities that can reduce emissions and save households money. Since the recent price drops, solar PV has become one of the most cost effective energy technologies we have analysed (with an approximately 8 year payback period compared to 13 years for solar hot water). This edition of the Kinesis Climate Monitor examines the economics of solar PV and some of the ways in which households can maximise their financial savings.

Distributed Energy and the City

Distributed Energy and the City

Distributed energy opportunities have received plenty of attention in Australia recently as a way for cities to reduce their reliance on traditional, coal fired, electricity. Earlier this year Kinesis presented at the Alliance to Save Energy’s (A2SE) Second Sydney Summer Study. This conference focused on decentralised energy and energy efficiency and Kinesis presented some of the lessons learned from recent work – particularly the importance of diversified technological solutions. For example, we explained how the Decentralised Energy Master Plan we developed for the City of Sydney was as much an Energy Efficiency Master Plan as it was a Trigeneration Master Plan. This edition of the Kinesis Climate Monitor looks at recent trends in the uptake of distributed technology and highlights some of the key issues we presented at the conference.